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GTU Celebrates Commencement 2015 (includes Video)

On May 7, forty-four graduates were honored at the GTU's 2015 commencement ceremony at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary's Chapel of the Cross in Berkeley, California.

Kirsi Stjerna

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
First Lutheran, Los Angeles/Southwest Synod Professor of Lutheran History and Theology

At GTU since 2015

Shauna Hannan

Associate Professor of Homiletics
Core Doctoral Faculty Member
At GTU since 2014
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
Phone: 510/559-2720

PLTS Student Chosen for Summer Ethics Program at Auschwitz

Erin Armstrong, a second-year Master of Divinity student at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, is one of twelve seminary and divinity students chosen to participate in a summer program sponsored by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). Armstrong will participate in a two-week program designed for future clergy that includes travel to New York, Poland, and Germany.

PLTS alumna Bloomquist appointed as seminary's Dean following CLU merger approval

Karen BloomquistCalifornia Lutheran University (CLU) has appointed a former director for the Lutheran World Federation to oversee Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) after it becomes part of the university on Jan. 1.

The Rev. Karen L. Bloomquist of Bellingham, Wash., will start Jan. 6 as the dean and chief administrative officer of PLTS. She will replace Phyllis Anderson, who is retiring as the seminary’s president.

Digital Reformation: How Technology Shapes the Dynamic Classroom

The world is literally at our fingertips. Pull out your smart phone <tap tap tap> and you can Google huge libraries of information, see the world thanks to YouTube, and even converse via discussions boards, Facebook, Skype, and text. This ability to access information has revolutionized our culture, particularly how we view education.

Jody Passanisi, a.k.a. Jacqueline Pearce, (M.A. '05) with her colleague Shara Peters astutely observes in a post at Scientific American, “[E]ducated people were those who knew a great deal of information about one or many subjects...In this 'Age of Information,' access to facts and data is no longer available only to the educated elite...So, as a society, what is an 'educated person'?”

Articulating an answer to that query is difficult, but most educators agree that the Digital Revolution has changed the way that students learn and how we live everyday. So it's no surprise that more conversations and alterations are taking place to incorporate technology as a key component in the classroom.

The Changing Landscape of Theological Education

How Seminaries Are Adapting to New Realities

The handwriting is on the wall. As Americans distance themselves from the label of Christian, preferring “spiritual” or no affiliation, attendance continues to slip across mainline denominations. Schools for ministerial formation are struggling with lower enrollments and less denominational financial support. The composition of the Christian Church is changing and the seminaries must change with it.

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