Dear Friends of United Lutheran Seminary,
I can’t think of a more poignant time to demonstrate a changing church and a changing world than the moment in which we find ourselves. We are so proud to have members of our own community who are rising to meet the challenges of this new ministry. Here are four examples of those who are serving in this new normal. You can follow along with any or all of them as they continue to do their work in the world. Click the names below to learn more:
Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero, Steck-Miller Assistant Professor of Worship and Liturgy was one of several speakers at a special seminar for fellow faculty members about the innovations in online teaching. A short video of him talking about his work can be seen here.
The Rev. Victoria Larson, LTSG ’14 is Co-Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough, MA. Here’s a video where she shares three things about how Good Shepherd’s ministry has changed to meet the challenges of this international health crisis.
The Rev. Regina Diggs, ULS ’19 is Pastor of St.Peter’s A.M.E. church in Shippensburg, PA. She has recently begun worship and Bible Study opportunities via conference call. She is also using CashApp to collect offerings for the congregation.
We are grateful for her ministry!
The Rev. Ben Siebert, LTSP ‘14 and Deacon Kristin Vought LTSP ‘12, have begun a special morning devotional for the members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Arendstville, PA which can be seen here. Pastor Ben realized that this would be a great way to connect with church members as well as the wider community in which he serves. Deacon Kristin, his spouse, serves in philanthropic fundraising and is now working from home during the pandemic.
United Lutheran Seminary is doing the work of preparing the leaders or tomorrow, sometimes for a world we cannot imagine today. Many of our regular supporters are forced to curtail their normal giving during the resulting financial hardships of COVID-19. Gifts from synods,congregations, and even the national church are being affected. Will you partner with us today by making a gift? Please click here to do so! The future of the church is in God’s hands, but the leaders of that church are in your safe keeping. Know that our prayers and our hearts are with you, wherever you are.
Acting Vice President, Institutional Advancement