Friday, March 27, 2015 • Vol. XXXVIII, Issue 122





The Library seeks input from all students, faculty and patrons with a quick, online survey that will help the library staff gauge usage, services, and to anticipate future needs. This valuable assessment tool takes less than five minutes to complete, and we request all Wentz patrons, including seminarians on internship, to fill out the online survey. Help to keep the library supernal. See the link to the survey at:

Mini-Transformational Ministry Learning Event

Many people in various Church organizations are yearning for God to transform their organization to better proclaim the Gospel. Want to learn more about this as part of ministry? You are invited to attend a seminar presented by the Rev. Richard Jorgensen, DEM Lower Susquehanna Synod, on Monday, Mar. 30. Come to the Library Lecture Room beginning at 9am. There will be a break for both chapel and lunch and we will then conclude by 3pm. If you are interested, please contact Paul Tomkiel ( by Sunday at 6pm so that we have enough material for everyone who wants to attend.

Summer CPE Opening

There is a Summer CPE opening at St. Luke's University Health Network (Bethlehem, PA). If interested, contact Rev. Linda Grant at

Bush Ordination

Ray Bush will be ordained on Mar. 28, at 11am, in Egner Chapel at Muhlenberg College. Full vestments and color of the occasion is red or white. Please email Ray at with any questions.

Ecumenical Reformation Conference

The 2015 Pro Ecclesia Conference should be one of our best! With the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation coming up, our topic will be "Remembering the Reformation Together: Commemorate? Celebrate? Repent?" Speakers will include Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox perspectives and will include Stanley Hauerwas, Timothy George, Bp. Charles Morerod OP, Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, and others. The conference will run from 7pm on Monday, June 15, through 12:30pm on Wednesday, June 17, on the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington DC (note, not at Loyola in Baltimore, as in recent years). CUA is co-sponsoring this year's conference. For more information on the conference, go to the website of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. A registration form that can be printed out and mailed in is on our website -

Fall 2015 Registration

Registration materials for Fall 2015 classes are posted on the Registrar's page of the seminary web site. Registration opens on Wednesday, Apr. 8. All financial obligations must be satisfied (Business Office, Bookstore, Library) before students are allowed to register. A late fee will be imposed on continuing students who register after May 13.

Hispanic Ministry Opportunity

You are invited to consider increasing your competency for Hispanic Ministry by participating in a summer offering in Texas through the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS). This six credit course runs from Memorial Day until right before July 4. The course has a full scholarship for ELCA Seminarians and the housing costs have been greatly reduced through the homestay option. One does not have to be fluent in Spanish to benefit from this course! Here is what one stuent,Cindy Robles, wrote about it: "The Summer Intensive in Hispanic Ministry was not only about learning the language. The experience was more about learning the culture. I can now see the world with a new lens. I learned about the "other" by living with them, worshipping with them and becoming "familia." This experience was very enriching academically with the amazing instructors we had who were all Latino." Register by Apr. 30. Here is the link to the registration information: 

LTSG Community Garden Planting Day

There will be a garden maintenance and planting day on Thursday, Apr. 16, at the LTSG Community Garden (located behind the Valentine parking lot, next to the Richard House). We will be tilling and preparing the soil for the spring, as well as planting some early crops. Time will be from 9am-2pm or so. Folks are free to come and go as they please. Please send any questions to Sam at 

Seminary Ridge Museum Welcomes New Executive Director

The Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation, which operates the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, announced today that Dr. Daryl Black has accepted the position of president of the Foundation and executive director of the museum, effective June 1. "The Board of Trustees of the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation is pleased to welcome Dr. Daryl Black as its new president and executive director of the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum," said Chair of the Board Em Cole. "We are confident that he brings the experience, academic credentials and vision to lead the museum into the future as a national leader in interpreting Gettysburg and the Civil War for public audiences." A native of Atlanta, Black has most recently served as the executive director of the Chattanooga History Center. He has extensive experience with museums, historic sites and education, including Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of California, Irvine, and is the author of several publications, including "Relics of Reunion: Souvenirs and Memory at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 1889-1895." He also authored exhibit text, wrote the script and served as executive producer for the Chattanooga History Center's permanent exhibit.

Re:Generate Fellowship

You are invited to apply for the Re:Generate Fellowship, a week-long, fully-funded fellowship with Fred Bahnson on June 14-19, in Asheville, North Carolina. The leadership development program will guide young (under 40) faith leader as they explore vocational issues focused in the areas of food justice, health, sustainable agriculture, and/or climate change. Participants will receive a fully subsidized fellowship week, which includes tuition, food and lodging, and travel expenses (up to $400). Applications are due by Mar. 30 and can be completed by visiting for more information.

Discussion Opportunity- Blessings of Inclusion

Ralph Hondred, PhD and his wife, Carol Hondred represent two resources for including people at all levels of ability in the church: Friendship Ministries and CLC Network. As parents to a daughter with severe developmental disabilities, they will share how God works in and through their daughter, Karyn, and other persons with disabilities to transform and bless lives and churches. Join the discussion over lunch on Apr. 9, in the refectory. Direct questions to


On Apr. 24-26 (Friday-Sunday), there will be a "Faith Forming Faith" training event at St. John, New Freedom, PA, introducing the practice of the adult catechumenate. There is a special reduced rate for seminarians ($50 for the first four takers) which will include all training, materials, and meals for the event; participants must commit to being present for the whole event. There's a brochure outside the mailboxes, but more information is available from Dr. Oldenburg or at

On Jul. 30-Aug. 1, the North American Association for the Catechumenate will hold its annual gathering at the Bon Secours Conference Center outside Baltimore, focusing on "Transforming Congregations Through Spiritual Practice: Creating a Discipleship Community." There's a flyer posted about this as well, and more information about that event is available from Dr. Oldenburg or at If you'd like to take part in either of these events for course credit, see Dr. Oldenburg about arranging an independent study.

Student Registration for Spring Academy

All students are to register for the 2015 Spring Academy week (Apr. 27-May 2). Hard copy forms will be distributed to mail boxes. The same form may also be printed from the website (pdf) Return forms to Jay Eckman. We are looking forward to a great week!