From My Desk to Yours

From My Desk to Yours: You Can’t Park Here

ULS President’s Newsletter | Fall Term 2018-19

Volume I, Issue 22

“You Can’t Park Here.”

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Day filled with delicious food and good fellowship. We were blessed to host our daughter, her friend, our nephew, Dorothy’s sister, and our grandson. Each of them filled the room with their charm and laughter recounting stories of times past. Our guests spent most of last week enjoying Philadelphia, prior to departing to Texas, Kentucky, West Virginia and Illinois.

Our daughter and her friend made the trip from Illinois by recreational vehicle and the only difficulty they encountered was finding parking in Mount Airy. Often, she encountered the simple, yet uncompromising and unwelcoming phrase, “You can’t park here.”

But she did, in time, finally find a parking space — eight blocks north on the ULS campus. Not quite in our back yard, but it was a timely discovery, an answer to their prayers! “The Lord may not answer our prayers when we want, but the Lord always comes on time.”

We often park where we want, ignoring the warning signs, “You can’t park here.” Parking there, settling for where we land, where we are wanting to park, not where we know the Lord wants us to be, is too easy an accommodation.

To do God’s work, to be God’s hands, takes much more: a commitment to serve God and our neighbors.

I pray that each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day celebration with family and friends and that the offerings of your prayers have been or will be answered in a timely manner: the Lord’s time.

1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in various forms.”

Gracious God of abundance, as we make our way through the season of the Advent of your son, remind us to show our gratitude to you, to our loving families, to your church and our fellow members of the Body of Christ, for all the blessings and the love bestowed on us through your grace. Remind us of those who are not as blessed as we are, who suffer in poverty, in the cold streets, in hunger during this time, and help us extend the hand of fellowship to them, recognizing that we all are your children, created in your image, eternally loved, eternally forgiven. In the name of your son, our savior Jesus Christ, we pray.


Richard Green
Interim President

Significant Events and Updates

Advent Vespers

On Sunday, December 9, 2018, United Lutheran Seminary marks the Advent season on its Philadelphia campus with its annual Advent Vespers at 5:00 pm. A reception will follow in the Brossman Center’s Benbow Hall. Free and open to the public. You can find more information on this page. Reservations are requested for the free reception — you can RSVP for the reception here.

Holiday Parties

Faculty and Staff of ULS are cordially invited to a holiday luncheon on Tuesday, December 18 (Benbow, Philadelphia Campus) and Thursday, December 20 (Refectory, Gettysburg Campus). Both events will begin at 12:30 PM.

Cornhole Tournament (pictured)

The first official ULS cornhole tournament took place last week on both campuses, in which the Student Body competed against CFO and VP of Administration, Scott Ganley. Scott won both rounds, but the members of the Student Body are the real winners because $1000 was raised for them!

Congregation Visits

Dorothy and I have had the opportunity to meet several alumni and supporters while worshiping at several local and regional churches. Pastor David Oppold, an alum, greeted us at Trinity Lutheran Church when we were in South Philadelphia a few weeks ago.

More recently, Sunday December 2 brought us to Baltimore, MD where were worshipped at Christ Lutheran Inner Harbor. It was there that we met and visited with Senior Pastor Rev. Susan Tjornehoj, Associate Pastor Rev. Patrick Ballard (2016 graduate), Vicar Luke Warner (current ULS student and Pastoral Intern), and the Rev. Dr. Edgar Schick (1956 graduate). Dr. Schick, a friend of mine for more than 20 years, reminded me that his father was also an alum who graduated in 1926.


Student Statistics: 2018 Fall Semester

Total Students (Including Certificate programs): 378

Degree Seeking Students: 292

Female: 207
Male: 170

85 Students are 30 and under
290 Students are 31 and above

ELCA: 256
Baptist: 44
Episcopal: 14
Presbyterian: 11
AME: 9
Methodist: 7
Others: 1-5

African American: 84
Arab / Middle Eastern: 1
Caucasian: 266
Other: 3