Common Cup

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Gettysburg CampusPhiladelphia CampusBoth Campuses

Life of Faith Initiative

The Life of Faith Initiative is a grassroots effort within the ELCA. All advocates of equipping all God’s saints for the work of ministry are welcome to participate in the initiative, whether you are part of the ELCA or not. The purpose of the Life of Faith initiative is to stir up a culture change that frees us to make the service by the baptized in the arenas of daily life the central focus of the church’s mission.

This initiative intentionally builds on the premise and success of the ELCA’s Book of Faith initiative, which pioneered a grass-roots movement embracing a common vision in which all are invited to open scripture and join the conversation. The Life of Faith initiative connects the Book of Faith initiative to the many and varied forms of service to neighbors through family, workplace, school, local community, and world. Each expression of the church is encouraged to develop approaches and resources in order to make the Life of Faith initiative a vital part of its reason for existence. For more information, please click here.

Team 26 at the Gettysburg Campus

Team 26 bicyclists will be at the Gettysburg campus on April 30, between 1:00 and 2:00 pm. The “Newtown Riders”, a gun violence prevention bicycle team, from Newtown, CN will be cycling from Connecticut to Washington D.C., to Baltimore, then to Gettysburg. After a short rally at the chapel, they will head for Chambersburg and end their trip at Pittsburgh, where the synagogue shooting occurred. These riders include parents of Sandy Hook students. Some local cyclists will join them in their ride through Gettysburg. This will be the team’s 7th year to make their ride. For more information on Team 26, click here. Please join us in greeting the team as they arrive and participate in the rally.

The Great Three Days

All are invited to the Gettysburg chapel this week:
Maundy Thursday Eucharist with the Washing of Feet–11:45 AM
Good Friday Liturgy–11:45 AM
Holy Saturday’s Vigil of Easter–8:30 PM
Again this year, the Chaplain’s Office of Gettysburg College and ULS are coming together for the Triduum.

Free Coffee and Sweets – Please come thank our scholarship donors!

It’s that time of year to thank our generous donors who have supplied scholarships for student tuition. We ask that all students who have received scholarship money complete a thank you card provided by Advancement to offer your personal thanks. Coffee and Sweets will be provided on both campuses at the following times:
Gettysburg: Thursday and Friday, April 25 & 26th 8-10 am in Valentine 216 (Advancement Office)
Philadelphia: Wednesday April 24th and Friday April 26th 8:15-10:30 am in the connector near the high top tables

Camp Leadership Position Available

Leadership staff opportunities are still available at Camp Luther Springs for this summer. These are perfect opportunities for seminarians looking to experience ministry in one of the ELCA’s strongest ministries (outdoor ministry) and share your skills by leading young adults in ministry and providing excellent faith filled experiences for youth. Luther Springs is located in Hawthorne, Florida, outside of Gainsville, begins May 20 with paid staff training. Leadership Staff have an additional training session beginning one week prior to the full staff team and Returning Staff come a little early to help get ready, on May 17. The last week of camp ends July 27, 2019, which gives staff time for wrap up, clean up, evaluation, and celebration.
*Staff positions provide a salary, plus room and board.
If you have any questions about these opportunities please connect with Chelle Huth at or reach out to: Sue Mendenhall, ELCA Deacon, Luther Springs Program Director at 727-415-9887 or Learn more about Luther Springs summer staff opportunities and find the online application here.

Summer CPE

Any students still looking for a CPE site this summer, please contact Scott Smith at (302) 298-7552 or The location is Nemours Alfred I.duPont Hospital for Children.

The Great Triduum– assistants needed

Gettysburg College and ULS will come together at the seminary chapel for each day of the Triduum.

Worship assistants (including students, faculty, staff, and family members) are needed at the Gettysburg Chapel for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. If you and/or a loved one are available to assist on one or more of these days, then please contact John Largen ( as soon as possible.

Maundy Thursday, 11:45 AM–Holy Eucharist with the Washing of Feet and the Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday, 11:45 AM–Adoration of the Crucified with the Solemn Reproaches
Holy Saturday, 8:30 PM–The Great Vigil of Easter, beginning outdoors

ULS Dinner Church Liturgy Survey

A group of students in the Liturgy for a New Day course are creating a dinner church liturgy for ULS. They would love for your input in the creation of the worship service for the community. Please fill out this survey to give your feedback!

Queering the Path

This is a seminary discernment retreat for LGBTQIA+ identified people exploring a call to public ministry in the ELCA. The event will be held at PTLS in Berkley, California on April 26-28, 2019. This discernment retreat will offer participants a chance to reflect on their sense of call to public ministry and to explore educational opportunities at the seminaries of the ELCA. Participants will engage in intentional bible study and discernment activities, learn from the powerful stories of LGBTQIA+ rostered leaders in the ELCA, and experience the fun of the Bay Area. To learn more and register, click here.

Register Today for Free Civil Conversations Project Facilitator Training

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) invites you to join us for our annual Lutheran Days in the Capital, May 19 and 20, 2019. Learn more. On Sunday join neighbors of many faiths for service, learning, prayer, artistic expression and a community meal — all with an emphasis on strengthening what unites us. One of the Learning Opportunities from 1:30-4:15 p.m. is Civil Conversations Project Facilitator Training. The Civil Conversations Project Facilitator Training — Springs from the “On Being” Civil Conversations Project and led by Interfaith Philadelphia. This training will give participants the skills to organize Civil Conversations in their congregations, workplaces, and communities. These sessions offer community leaders and “bridge people” techniques for grassroots civil conversations that support a thriving religiously diverse democracy.

Training is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation hours. Location: St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 221 N. Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17101, just 3 1/2 blocks from the Interfaith Blessing of Waters. Thank you to ULS (and others) for providing funding to assist in underwriting Civil Conversations. Register here.

Gettysburg Lunch & Learn Postponed

The Lunch & Learn scheduled for Thursday, April 4 is being postponed to April 23rd to allow all to participate in the presentation by the Liturgy candidate. Mark your calendars for April 23rd. Rev. Matt Best will be joining us to share the realities of the lack of affordable housing, how close people are to homelessness on a weekly basis (one car breakdown from losing their shelter), the need for awareness of this real crisis and how it informs our ministry. Please join in. Buy your lunch, bring your lunch, just come and listen to the presentation. Questions, contact Chelle Huth.

Financial Aid Office Hours for April

Financial Aid Office Hours for April 2019 – Gettysburg campus

Thursday, April 25th                   12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday, April 26th                          9:30 am – 12:30 pm

New Postings on Student Jobs Page

Check out the Student Jobs page for new postings!


You have two opportunities to share breakfast together as we head toward the end of this semester and school year. Mark your calendars!
Monday, April 29th
These are our final breakfasts for the year at Casa di Marose (204 Stuempfle.)
Breakfast is open for everyone in the ULS family. Come and grab some food between 8-10:00 am.

Pastoral care for the Gettysburg community and Distance Learning students

Pastor Terry McCarthy is now available to provide pastoral care to students on the Gettysburg campus and to distance learning students. He is on the Gettysburg campus from 11:30am until 3 pm on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays. He can be reached by email or phone or text at or at 717-357-8644. Pastor Terry is an LTSG alumus who has had experience in both hospital chaplaincy and congregational settings and is very much looking forward to meeting and accompanying students on their journeys of ministry and discipleship.

Graduation Tickets

Each graduating student will be provided with 7 tickets for family and friends for graduation. If a graduating student is in need of more tickets, they may ask other students who may not need all 7 tickets. Current, non-graduating ULS students will not need a ticket to attend graduation.

May 2019 Commencement Information

The 2019 ULS Commencement Ceremony will be on May 17, 2019. Please click here for more information. Seniors, please check out the page to complete the graduation application, checklist, and ATS Questionnaire. Congratulations to our graduates! We look forward to celebrating your achievement and where God calls you next!