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An Ecumenical Overview

An Ecumenical Overview

March 9, 2020

Dr. Darlis Swan, the Ecumenical Representative of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), details the ecumenical movement in the United States. She defined “ecumenical” and went on to share her interest in ecumenism from her seminary studies to her work in the Office of Ecumenical Affairs of the ELCA. She also discussed:

  • The transition from the ecumenical movement from the U.S. to the global context.
  • Suggested readings on the ecumenical movement
  • The involvement of congregational members in ecumenical work
  • Ecumenical relationships of the ELCA

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Military Chaplains: Service to God and Country

Military Chaplains: Service to God and Country

January 27, 2020

Chaplain Palmer and Chaplain Meeker liken the role of Army chaplains to parish pastors insofar as they are responsible for Word and Sacrament but emphasize the role of “incarnational ministry” in their total involvement in the life of the soldier. Special challenges are the visits to families when a son or daughter is killed, and in recent years the need to address post-traumatic stress. For all this, chaplains must undergo a rigorous course of study in addition to basic training. Both Chaplains Meeker and Palmer encourage seminarians and others to consider a career in ministry to the military.

• Chaplain Glenn Palmer, Chief, Training Development Division, US Army Chaplain Center and School, Ft. Jackson SC
• Chaplain Karen Meeker, Chief, Recruiting Division, Office of Chief of Chaplains, Pentagon, Washington DC

What is Systematic Theology?

What is Systematic Theology?

February 11, 2019

Dr. John Hoffmeyer a Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at United Lutheran Seminary defines and describes the history and the focus of systematic theology. He shares his formation in the field from his undergraduate years to his studies in Germany and his doctoral studies at Boston College. Those theologians who have influences his work include: James Cone and Robert Jenson, and Eberhard Jüngel. Future projects for Dr. Hoffmeyer includes work on the nature of theological education (examining theory and practice) and the doctrine of the Trinity.

A New Vision for a Newly Merged Seminary

A New Vision for a Newly Merged Seminary

August 28, 2018

Emphasizing the importance of addressing community relations with students, faculty, alumni, and churches, Dr. Richard Green the Interim President at United Lutheran Seminary, pointed to the recently approved Mission Statement as a foundation for the future. The Mission calls for a focus on unity, learning, and service, and lays the groundwork for a strategic plan that is already under way. The plan will then guide policy decisions on tuition scholarships, faculty development, curriculum, maintenance, and endowment, among other issues.

Urban Ministry, Black Men, and the Lutheran Church

Urban Ministry, Black Men, and the Lutheran Church

March 13, 2017

Pastor Yehiel Curry of Shekinah Chapel describes his own path to ordained ministry, and his work with the Lutheran Church in developing a relevant, exciting ministry, geared toward Black men and their families in Chicago. He is dynamic, passionate and wise, and you will love his story!

Cancer Trials and Christian Faith:  One Expression of a Lutheran Vocation

Cancer Trials and Christian Faith: One Expression of a Lutheran Vocation

September 26, 2016

In the ongoing series of podcasts “Science for Seminaries”, Gettysburg Seminary board member Dr. Greg Yothers discusses his own faith and the connection he sees between his faith and his work as a researcher in clinical cancer trials. 

A Masterwork of Doubting Belief: R.S. Thomas and His Poetry

A Masterwork of Doubting Belief: R.S. Thomas and His Poetry

April 25, 2016

When it comes to poet/priests, R.S. Thomas is about as good as it gets. This Seminary Explores conversation includes insight into his relevance and the brilliant tensions in his work by John McEllhenney, author of A Masterwork of Doubting Belief: R.S. Thomas and His Poetry.

For more information on the R.S. Thomas Literary Festival visit: http://www.st-hywyn.org.uk/rst.html

Staying Amazed – Important for Preachers and Poets

Staying Amazed – Important for Preachers and Poets

March 28, 2016

Dr. Robert Randolph, the 2015 minister-in-residence at Gettysburg Seminary spent a week on campus this fall. He is an award-winning poet, pastor of a Presbyterian church and Chair of the English and Foreign Languages Department at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, PA.

For more information on his publications visit: http://elixirpress.com/ 

A Youth Extravaganza

A Youth Extravaganza

December 7, 2015

Jay Eckman, a second year student at Gettysburg Seminary, talks about his involvement with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 2015 Youth Gathering in Detroit.  He explores the importance of the Youth Gathering for the life of the church as well as the importance of the gathering for his own preparation for pastoral ministry.

Welcoming a new face and a new perspective:  Dr. Vince Evener

Welcoming a new face and a new perspective: Dr. Vince Evener

September 28, 2015
In this episode we welcome to the faculty of Gettysburg Seminary Dr. Vince Evener, Visiting Instructor in Reformation and Luther Studies, and hear about his background and his work in Luther Studies.

Vincent Evener received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School in June 2014.  His research focuses on how Martin Luther and other reformers worked to achieve a daily transformation, including an intensification of devotion, in the lives of Christians.

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