We welcome the first class members for the new Day and Weekend Master of Divinity programs.
1:30 pm Official welcome by the President and the Dean, meetings with academic advisors
4:30 pm Worship in Santee Chapel
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Weekend MDiv courses beginAugust 7, 2015 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
The Anti-Racism Institute is sponsored by Lancaster Theological Seminary and the Lancaster YWCA. It is held in January and August of each year. This Institute is open to ten (10) members of the community.
Seminary is closed in observance of Labor Day from 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7.September 5, 2015 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lancaster Seminary Dean Dr. David Mellott delivers the Fall Convocation address: "Resurrecting Seminary for the Life of the World."
Theological education is an exciting place to be at this point in the history of the world. How people of faith imagine living together has never been more important. People in our communities are starving for a word from the church and from other institutions about how it’s possible for all of creation to flourish. While there is much to commend about theological education and ministerial formation of the past, it is no longer sufficient for our time. Resurrecting Seminary will require us to rethink everything we think we know about the world, the church, discipleship, and ministry.September 11, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Early fall is a glorious time on our historic campus. It's a great time to visit.
Our September Discover Days event is held over two days - from the morning of Friday, Sept. 25 through the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 26.
You can sample classes, meet professors and students, learn about admissions and financial aid, explore our degree programs, and sample the exceptional Gypsy Kitchen cuisine in Dietz Refectory.
Overnight accommodations on campus are available at no charge.
For more information, please contact our Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
or fill out our inquiry form.
We look forward to meeting you!September 25, 2015 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dr. Judith Plaskow, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Manhattan College, New York, NY, presents the Pride Week lecture: "The Politics of Public Space: Bodies, Restrooms, and Social Justice."
The lecture will focus on the issue of toilet provision for women and transgender people, exploring how unequal power relations are reflected in the built environment. It will ask what it might mean theologically and practically to acknowledge elimination as a basic human function, much the same way that queer studies has acknowledged and reclaimed sexuality.
A Q&A session follows at 5:00 p.m.
All are welcome.October 7, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dr. Mary Clark Moschella, Roger J. Squire Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT, presents: "Breathing Space: Joy and Relationship in Heidi Neumark’s Story."
What is joy and why does it matter in ministry? How is it that some religious leaders find deep delight in their practice of pastoral care, while others are weighed down by stress and vicarious suffering? This lecture highlights part of a larger study of experiences of joy in diverse caregiving narratives. The focus will be on one of those narratives: Breathing Space, Heidi Neumark’s memoir of ministry in Transfiguration Lutheran Church in the South Bronx. The theme of relationship is key in this story of a fruitful and vibrant ministry. Neumark’s practice of forging relationships gives way to experiences of joy and thanksgiving, even in the midst of a daunting struggle for the survival and wellbeing of the congregation and its community.
Q&A session follows at 3:00 p.m.
All are welcome.October 28, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thanksgiving Break runs from 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 through Nov. 28.
Administrative Offices are open Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 23-25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.November 20, 2015 1:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Seminary offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27.November 26, 2015 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dr. Kostis Kourelis, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, presents: "Medieval Modern: Church Architecture for the Present."
The founders of the Lancaster Theological Seminary were active participants in the debates over the role of architecture in Christian worship. They endorsed medieval revivals as a form of disruption to mainstream narratives. Are the theological and architectural challenges of the 19th century relevant in the era of the megachurch? After surveying Lancaster’s theological legacy, we look at how it can help us navigate through the architectural choices of the present. Particularly, we revisit the notion of the “medieval” and see how it has informed contemporary practices in art and architecture.
Q&A follows at 3:00 p.m.
Open to all.December 2, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Winter Break for the New Master of Divinity Day Program is from Dec. 5 through Jan. 4.December 5, 2015 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Winter Break for the New Master of Divinity Weekend Program is from Dec. 13 to Jan. 4.December 13, 2015 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Winter Break for the continuing Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, and Doctor of Ministry programs is from Dec. 16 to Jan. 3.December 16, 2015 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Seminary is closed.January 18, 2016 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Spring Convocation features Dr. Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Seminary, presenting: "Was Paul Happy?"
Many imagine Paul as frustrated and cranky, the kind of man who would yell, “Get off my lawn!” He never uses the Greek language of happiness, favoring joy instead. Moreover, Paul’s model of ministry favors self-sacrifice over gratification. Yet we read Paul in a society endlessly obsessed with happiness. What happens when we bring contemporary understandings of happiness to Paul’s letters?
Dr. Carey's current research projects involve how real people engage the Bible. He has completed a manuscript for Fortress Press on contemporary readers and their encounter with ancient biblical texts. The Spring Convocation lecture is part of a larger exploration of happiness and Scripture.
He is the author, among other works, of The Gospel According to Luke: All Flesh Shall See God’s Salvation; Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers; and Ultimate Things: An Introduction to Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature. With Francisco Lozada, he recently edited the volume, Soundings in Cultural Criticism: Perspectives and Methods in Culture, Power, and Identity in the New Testament.
Online, you can find Dr. Carey's contributions through the Huffington Post, On Scripture: The Bible, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and the Christian Century. Greg serves on the editorial board of the journal Biblical Interpretation and of On Scripture: The Bible, in addition to his work as co-chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Rhetoric and the New Testament Section and as a member of the Society’s Professional Development Committee.January 29, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM