Summer Academy at Lancaster Theological Seminary provides a stimulating mix of classes, workshops, and worship services that offer learning, inspiration, and renewal. Whether your goal is to delve more deeply into theological reflection or to enhance your practical skills for ministry, you will find multiple ways to pursue your goals in this weeklong series of classes and workshops.
You can live on campus or commute. Either way, you can explore your Christian faith within a learning community that supports creativity, transformation, and wholeness.
The Summer Academy is designed for people who are:
We welcome the first class members for the new Day and Weekend Master of Divinity programs.
2:00 pm Official welcome by the President and the Dean, meetings with academic advisors, tours of campus and library
4:30 pm Worship in Santee Chapel
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Weekend MDiv courses beginAugust 7, 2015 2:00 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.
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
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