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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.

Karen Bloomquist

Dean and Chief Administrative Officer
 

At GTU since 2014

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.

Joint Faculty Appointments at CDSP and PLTS

Beginning July 1, Steed V. Davidson and Bradley B. Burroughs will hold joint appointments on the faculties of Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS); both are founding members of the GTU. Davidson already serves as a professor at PLTS, while Burroughs is new to both seminaries.

Alicia Vargas

Pacific Lutheran Theological SeminaryVargas
Associate Professor of Multicultural and Contextual Studies
Associate Dean

 At GTU since 1997

Thomas G. Rogers

Thomas G. RogersPacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Associate Professor of Homiletics

At GTU since 1992

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 1995
M.A., U.C. Davis, in Rhetoric and Communication Theory, 1990
M.Div., Wartburg Theological Seminary 1979

Ted F. Peters

Ted F. PetersPacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Distinguished Research Professor of Systematic Theology
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1978

Carol R. Jacobson

Carol JacobsonPacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Associate Professor of Practical Theology
Diaconal Ministry Program Director

At GTU since 1997

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 1997
M.A., Graduate Theological Union, 1987
B.A., Whitworth College, 1979

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