ULS re-envisions continuing education through "Kindling Faith: Center for Sabbath Rest and Formation"

June 8, 2022


June 13, 2022 (updated 8/8/2022)

The life of faith includes a lifetime of learning about various theological disciplines, the issues in the world, and the interaction among them. United Lutheran Seminary offers a robust environment of continuing education for rostered leaders, all members of the Christian tradition, and the wider public.

The launch of Kindling Faith: Center for Sabbath Rest and Formation, is a new approach to continuing education at the seminary. Kindling Faith will expand upon previous programs and events through ongoing collaborative efforts with a thinktank group consisting of alumni and friends of the seminary, who will contribute ideas on program development and best practices. Programs and events will be offered throughout the year via Zoom andin person on both the Gettysburg and Philadelphia campuses of ULS. All "Kindling Faith" events can be found on the ULS online calendar.

The phrase, “Kindling Faith,” comes from the hymn “How Small our Span of Life” (ELW #636), the text of which was written by Rev. Dr. Herman G. Stuempfle, former president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The last stanza of the hymn reads:


         We thank you, God, for kindling faith that lights our transient years,

         Illumining our pilgrimage through mists of doubt and fears;

         For hope that sees a life beyond the swiftly passing days;

         For love both human and divine, that lifts our hearts to praise.


President Guy Erwin notes that this new initiative is part of an overall strategy to open the seminary resources to the wider church. "The ULS community has been blessed with the many gifts Deacon Chelle Huthbrought to our lifelong learning efforts,” said President Erwin. “We are grateful for her continued presence as Rev. Dr. Martin Otto-Zimmann now takes the lead with ‘Kindling Faith to expand the work she started.'"

Kindling Faith events are listed in the ULS online calendar.


Posted by Linda Fiore