Reason #2: “I Would Not Have Guessed…”

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Reason #2: “I Would Not Have Guessed…”

From Ryan Fitch, ULS Student

My time at United Lutheran Seminary has been one of great joy.

Just a couple years ago I would not have guessed that I would be in this place, following the paths that my father and grandfather have as well. Since beginning this journey, I have found a new means of connecting with both of these personal inspirations. We have been able to discuss the ways seminary life and curriculum have changed so many times in our cumulative 8 years in Gettysburg.

It has been comforting to hear that they have experienced very similar changes, that often seem shocking at the time, and yet this place has continued to educate, inspire, and develop leaders in the church.

Ryan Fitch, ULS student

Financial burdens for my father still persist, but he is relieved to see that the same is not true for me. I have been given such a great gift by coming to United Lutheran Seminary in this time, and always keeping an eager eye to the future of this seminary.

Ryan Fitch
Student
United Lutheran Seminary

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Reason #3: You Can Be the Difference

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Reason #3: You Can Be the Difference

From Lisa Dubay, Major Gift Officer

Be the difference you want to see in the world.

Be Kind.
Be Thoughtful.
Be Loving.
Be Generous.

You can make a difference this year in the life of a student at United Lutheran Seminary. Your gifts to the seminary help contribute to the educational opportunities for the next generation of leaders in the church. Through your generosity, you can help to foster educational opportunities, personal growth, community involvement, and comfort to those that are discerning a call to ministry here at United Lutheran Seminary. Your support will help us to raise up new leaders for the church who seek to spread the good news that Jesus Christ came to announce to the world.

As we look with awe and wonder at the Star which led the shepherds to the infant Jesus, we live amidst the continuing glow of that light. Jesus has called each of us to be a light in the darkness. Each of us is capable of making a difference. Through your support of United Lutheran Seminary and its students, you can play an active role in service to Christ’s mission.

ULS staff - Lisa Dubay

Please consider a contribution to the seminary as we continue our journey into 2018. Blessings to you and your family in the new year!

Lisa Dubay
Major Gift Officer
United Lutheran Seminary

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Reason #4: Crazy Weather

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Reason #4: Crazy Weather

From Becca Ehrlich, Associate Director of Admissions

When I was living in Philadelphia and discerning a call to Word and Sacrament ministry twelve years ago, a pastor friend of mine suggested that I meet with the Associate Director of Admissions at the then Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Sneaky-Smart

This was both smart and sneaky-smart, because I had never met a female pastor before and he knew that I should talk with one, and sneaky, because he knew that talking with Admissions staff at the seminary would most likely move me along in the process of applying for both seminary and candidacy in the ELCA and help me to follow my call from God.

I had lunch with the Associate Director at the time, Rev. Louise Johnson (who, incidentally, is now the president at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Iowa), at the diner down the street from the seminary. She was open and honest about what being a female pastor was like, and answered all my (strange and weirdly specific) questions about seminary, ordained ministry, and her own discernment journey.

After lunch, I asked if I could see the Chapel on campus, and she was more than happy to oblige. We entered the Chapel, and talked a while about worship opportunities on campus and special community events that happen there.

Someone Flipped a Switch…

When we walked into the Chapel, the sky was overcast but the weather was calm and normal. When we walked out of the Chapel a half-hour later, though, it was like someone had flipped a switch and we had walked onto the set of The Wizard of OZ during the tornado. The wind was so strong that it felt like we were running into a wind tunnel. When we ran under a tree, a huge branch came loose and came crashing down in front of us. We kept running as fast as we could towards our cars, now with our arms over our heads in case another branch decided to jump ship from its mother tree.

We were almost to our cars when Louise stopped suddenly. She turned into the wind, and looked up. I stopped too, wondering what was happening. After a brief second-long pause, she yelled into the wind and ominous-looking clouds: “OK, OK! SHE’LL GO TO SEMINARY!!!!”

Crazy weather aside, that day was the day I started taking seriously my discernment process and call from God. Speaking with Louise and talking through my questions, hopes, and fears about seminary and about ministry with someone who understood what I was going through and could answer my questions was instrumental in my discernment journey.

A Place to Discern

Becca Ehrlich - Graduation - with Katie Day

I think about that day often as I work in Admissions at ULS. Every day, I talk with people all over the country, from all different life situations, who are discerning calls to public ministry. And every day, I pray that God will use me to help someone on their own discernment journey, just as God used Louise that day. ULS is where future ministry leaders can discern their call from God in a safe and helpful environment– and pursue their call if and when they answer. Supporting ULS is a way to ensure that prospective students can continue discerning and pursuing their calls from God, so that people around world will hear and experience the unconditional love of Jesus.

Rev. Becca Ehrlich
Associate Director of Admissions
United Lutheran Seminary

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Image: Becca (left) at her graduation from LTSP in 2011 with Dr. Katie Day.

 

Reason #5 to Support ULS in Your Year-End Giving

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Reason #5: Alumni – on the Shoulders of Giants

From Martin Otto Zimmann, Dir. of Alumni & Congregational Relations

When I walk across the seminary campus, memories come without warning, and all of them are dear to me. I know I am not alone in this. When alumni come to visit the Philadelphia and Gettysburg campuses, the stories they share remind me that we walk on sacred ground and carry on a rich heritage of people whose dedication to furthering God’s reign sustains future generations in their desire to serve.

I love listening to the memories of my fellow alums and alumni from Philadelphia. These stories shape the lush narrative of God’s people throughout the combined 300+ years of theological education in Pennsylvania, which has made an impact in the furthest corners of Christendom.

Martin & Angela Zimmann

We stand on the shoulders of giants who have gone before us, and we pass this legacy on to the next generation of rostered leaders who will continue in this great tradition. Thank you for the support that guarantees continued growth of this legacy, this wonderful sharing of memories in the name of the One who gives us life with all its confounding complexities.

May God bless you in the coming year.

Rev. Dr. Martin Otto Zimmann
Director of Alumni and Congregational Relations
United Lutheran Seminary

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Image: Revs. Drs. Martin and Angela Zimmann, pictured on their graduation day from LTSG in 1998, and pictured at the graduation ceremonies of 2017.