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


June 13, 2022

The Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, president of United Lutheran Seminary, is pleased to announce the launch of “Kindling Faith: Center for Sabbath Rest and Formation,” a new approach to continuing education at the seminary. Deacon Chelle Huth, who is currently focusing her work on assisting students with contextual education, paved the way for this new vision by creating and leading lifelong learning efforts for the past several years.

"The ULS community has been blessed with the many gifts Deacon Huth brought 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.'"

“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 and in person on both the Gettysburg and Philadelphia campuses of ULS.

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, which merged with the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2017 to form United Lutheran Seminary. The full text 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.

The first “Kindling Faith” event is Theological Education with Adults, which takes place on the Gettysburg campus of ULS from July 10 to July 15. The theme is Worship after Corona: Singing, Speaking and Spaces of Community. "Kindling Faith” events and programs will be posted throughout the year on the ULS online calendar.


Posted by Linda Fiore

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