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LTS Student Named to Theological Students Council

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Lexington Theological Seminary Master of Divinity student Michael Junkroski of Naples, Fla., has been named to the 2013-2014 Council of Theological Students of the Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ.

The purpose of  the Global Ministries Council of Theological Students (CTS) is to equip diverse groups of ministerial students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective ministers in a global community.

Members of the Council of Theological Students network with other UCC and Disciples students, and have the opportunity to learn of, engage in and interpret the work of Global Ministries.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic
commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with
students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The
Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865.
For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Lexington Theological Seminary announces new campus home

Lexington, Ky., Sept. 24, 2013 – Lexington Theological Seminary announces its new campus home at Lexington Green Complex.

The property at 230 Lexington Green Circle has more than 16,000 square feet of space, which includes classrooms, a library, administrative offices on the 3rd floor, and fellowship and worship space on the 5th floor.

“We believe this space better meets the current needs of the Seminary as we assess our future facility needs, whether that be a free-standing campus space or an existing facility such as this one,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Gary Kidwell.

The new location is within 4 miles of the 63-year-old campus at 631 S. Limestone, which the University of Kentucky purchased June 28 as the Seminary board sought to better meet the education model designed for the changing demographics of the student population.

The decision to move came after careful and prayerful consideration of the best way to meet the Seminary’s long-term needs and goals to educate pastors.  In 2010 LTS transformed its programs to shift the center of ministry preparation from the seminary campus to the church, while using technology to connect students to theological education without requiring a move to a residential seminary campus.

LTS President Charisse Gillett said, “This new space better equips us to be faithful to our mission to prepare leaders for the church. We honor our history, which we know that has included change over the nearly 150-year history of this Seminary. We are excited for the future of Lexington Theological Seminary and our work in the church as we begin to write the next chapter in our story. We are grateful for the continued support of our alumni and friends as we transition to our new campus home and continue the work of preparing leaders for the church.”

A dedication and service of blessing for the Limestone campus is scheduled for November 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the Sanders Chapel.

The Seminary will relocate its administration offices by December 31. On-campus classes will move to the new facility after January 2014. The library will be relocated by August 2014.

Founded in 1865, LTS is the oldest seminary affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has been a part of the Lexington community since its early days at Bacon College. The Seminary moved to the current campus on Limestone in 1950. At the time, LTS was a residential Seminary.

Updates about the move will be available at www.lextheo.edu/transformation.

 

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

LTS student among first recipients of new scholarship

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Lexington, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013 – Lexington Theological student Andrew Shue, a Master of Divinity student from Ayden, N.C., received an inaugural scholarship from the John and Maxine McCaw Scholarship Fund for Prophetic Living, Teaching and Preaching, held in trust at the Christian Church Foundation.

Shue is one of four divinity students in the U.S. receiving this scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year. The scholars must complete an application process and are selected by representatives of the College of Regional Ministers.

Scholarship recipients must pledge to live a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a healthy diet while abstaining from the use of tobacco and alcoholic beverages; be responsible in their personal financial practices; and demonstrate a passion for a prophetic lifestyle ministry that seeks to eliminate evil and enhance goodness in human relations and in international relations.

Recipients must attend Disciples seminaries or Union Theological Seminary in New York. Scholarships are awarded to men and women, regardless of background, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

 

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic
commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with
students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The
Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865.
For more
information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Lexington Theological Seminary Names New CFO

IMG 0031 copy 2 Lexington Theological Seminary Names New CFOLexington, Ky., Sept. 12, 2013 – Karen Wagers has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer at Lexington Theological Seminary.

Wagers is a 1987 graduate of the University of Kentucky, a member of the Kentucky Society of CPAs and holds membership in the Society of Human Resource Management. Most recently she served as the Director of Administration for Landrum & Shouse.

She will join the LTS family September 23.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Dr. Margaret Ralph- The Lay School of Theology Fall 2013

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The Synoptic Gospels and Acts

Since Mark, Matthew, and Luke’s Gospels are so similar, and since Mark is a source for the other two, why do we have all three in the canon? Aren’t they redundant? By comparing Matthew and Luke with their common sources and with each other, we can discern the pastoral and theological concerns of each inspired editor.  By also considering the Acts of the Apostles, we can understand more deeply the concerns of first century Christians.

When: October 12, 19, 26, and November 9
8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon): Class

Where: Lexington Theological Seminary (631 S. Limestone)

Registration Fee: $75, due Sept. 28

Contact: Bill Turner, (859) 280-1253
bturner@lextheo.edu

 

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Sale of campus completed

Seminary board soon to name new home

Lexington, Ky., June 28, 2013 – With the sale of the Lexington Theological Seminary campus at 631 S. Limestone to the University of Kentucky finalized today, the LTS Board of Trustees expects to name a new home for the Seminary in July.

The sale of the 63-year-old campus to neighboring UK was finalized today, and the Board narrowed down the Seminary’s next home to a handful of sites in Lexington. The Board is actively considering which site will best meet the mission and long-term goals of the Seminary, which has been undergoing an exciting transformation in how and where students are shaped for ministry and no longer needs residential space for students.

“We believe this is the next step in the transformation of the Seminary’s work and ministry,” said LTS President Charisse L. Gillett.

The purchase price of the S. Limestone campus was $13.5 million. The sale and stewardship of these resources “will provide for a sustainable business plan for the long-term future of the Seminary,” said LTS Board chairman Gary Kidwell.

The Seminary will relocate its administration offices by December. On-campus classes will move to the new facility after January 2014. The library will be relocated by August 2014.

Founded in 1865, LTS is the oldest seminary affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has been a part of the Lexington community since its early days at Bacon College. The Seminary moved to the current campus on Limestone in 1950. At the time, LTS was a residential Seminary.

Updates about the move will be available at www.lextheo.edu/transformation.

LTS, Bread for the World host Dr. Forbes June 29

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Lexington, Ky., June 25, 2013 – The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes Jr., a nationally-recognized, powerful voice in the fight against world hunger, will lead a roundtable workshop at Lexington Theological Seminary, 631 S. Limestone, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. His visit is co-sponsored by Bread for the World.

Dr. Forbes will preach at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Central Christian Church, corner of Martin Luther and E. Short Street.

“LTS is pleased to have Dr. Forbes on campus and to offer this workshop in partnership with Central Christian Church,” said LTS President Charisse L. Gillett.

Dr. Forbes is the Harry Emerson Fosdick distinguished professor at Union Theological Seminary, senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church, and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation.
From 1989 to 2007, Forbes served as senior minister of Riverside Church. He was the first African-American to lead its interdenominational, multicultural congregation.

Before being called to Riverside’s pulpit, Forbes spent 15 years as a professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Because of his extensive career and his charismatic style. Forbes is often introduced as the preacher’s preacher. In 1996, Newsweek recognized him as one of the 12 “most effective preachers.”

From 1992 to 2007, Forbes was the co-chair of A Partnership of Faith, an interfaith organization of clergy among New York’s Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim communities. He is past president of the Martin Luther King Fellows.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Homecoming 2013 is June 21-22

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We hope to see you at Homecoming 2013! Your complete guide and registration link can be found by visiting the official homecoming page. See you soon!

 

Another transformational step

LTS, UK Boards consider sale of campus

Lexington, Ky., May 14, 2013 – The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today will consider a recommendation to purchase the current grounds and facilities of the Lexington Theological Seminary (LTS).

The Seminary — which has been undergoing an exciting transformation in how and where students are shaped for ministry — is making plans to relocate its administration and educational operations to another location in Lexington.

At its meeting today, the UK BOT will consider purchasing the 63-year-old campus for $13.5 million. The sale and stewardship of these resources “will provide for a sustainable business plan for the long-term future of the Seminary,” said LTS Board chairman Gary Kidwell.

The LTS Board is actively considering the Seminary’s next location, which could include existing facility space or the construction of a new, right-sized campus in Lexington, Kidwell said.

“Just as we have transformed our curriculum, the Board recognizes that we must also transform our site to better represent who we are and who we serve, now and in the future,” LTS President Charisse L. Gillett said. “We honor the history of this place by continuing the spirit of what it represents – our mission to further God’s work in the world by preparing our students to be the best ministry leaders they can be.”

For the university, the space and facilities represent an opportunity to gain access to potential classroom space within the existing campus footprint at a critical time, said UK President Eli Capilouto. For example, with the pending renovation and

expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, there will be a pressing need for “swing” or transitional space for faculty, staff and students.

“When high-quality space adjacent to your campus becomes available, the responsible thing is to explore the possibilities,” Capilouto said. “The Lexington Theological Seminary space represents great potential for the university as we grapple with how to grow and manage within our existing footprint.”

“Opportunities to purchase high-quality property and buildings adjacent to our campus don’t come along very often,” said Britt Brockman, chair of UK’s Board of Trustees. “As we are contemplating how we will grow and develop over the next several years, we should, in my judgment, take advantage of opportunities such as this one that will bolster our ability to provide for our students, faculty and staff.”

LTS students, alumni, supporters and ministry partners were all considered with utmost care in making the decision to move, Kidwell said. “We will maintain and honor our historic presence in Lexington,” he said.

Founded in 1865, LTS is the oldest seminary affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has been a part of the Lexington community since its early days at Bacon College. The Seminary moved to the current campus on Limestone in 1950. At the time, LTS was a residential Seminary.

In recent years, however, the Seminary has transformed its curriculum, focusing on congregation-based settings for theological formation of students, taking advantage of 21st century technology to connect students and faculty without requiring students to move to campus to pursue a master’s degree, doctorate or certificate program. Students converge on campus twice a year for about two weeks at a time and maintain community through online communications, peer groups, mentorships and events throughout the year.

“We have recognized the changing demographics – especially with geography, age, and stage of life – and how to meet students where they are,” said Leslie L. Geoghegan, chairwoman of the Advancement Committee. “We have embraced technology as a tool to transcend any barriers of the Seminary’s location or the perceived isolation of a student’s location, as we focus on the importance of the relationship with the congregation in the life and educational process of the student.”

Because of this shift, the Seminary no longer needs to maintain its residential facilities as well as the large administration and classroom buildings. Geoghegan noted that the Seminary needs facilities which support the institution’s focus on four key areas: academic excellence and relevance; financial equilibrium and growth; sustaining pastors in ministry; and developing a quality place to study and work.

Under the agreement with UK if approved by the university’s Board, the Seminary would relocate its administration offices by December, with the option to use the classroom space in January 2014. The library would be moved by August 2014.

Julie Richardson Brown, who earned a Master of Divinity degree from LTS in 2002, said that she believes relocation will not have an impact on the legacy of the Seminary, which is looking forward to celebrating its 150th birthday in 2015.

“I think the spirit of a place can remain, even if moved elsewhere. Always. My love for that ‘place’ runs deep–and so if I can say, ‘Let’s move forward,’ anyone can. I can also say that I am fiercely proud to be a graduate,” Richardson Brown said. Updates about the move will be available at www.lextheo.edu/transformation.

 

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Tour Turkey and Greece with Dr. Sumney in 2014

To kick off the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Lexington Theological Seminary in 2015, Dr. Jerry Sumney will be offering a travel tour of Turkey and Greece in January 2014.  The tour, which will take us through the “Churches of the Revelation and the Footsteps of Paul,” departs on January 14 and returns on January 28, 2014.

The 14-day tour begins in Izmir, Turkey and concludes in Athens, Greece.  An overview of the itinerary is below.  The tour is open to current students for course credit, along with alumni and friends.

The deposit for the trip will be $550 and due Sept. 30.  The cost of the trip is $4,175. Supplement for a single room is $693.00 All payments will be made to the travel agency.  If you have questions, or would like to investigate the trip further, please feel free to contact Dr. Sumney, jsumney@lextheo.edu, Mark Blankenship or Halee Kennon in the Advancement Office, mblankenship@lextheo.edu, hkennon@lextheo.edu or (859) 280-1241 or (866) 296-6087.  Students may take the tour (and do the work) to receive 2 hours of 600 level credit. Cost of the course is in addition to the cost of the tour. Stay tuned for possible information about scholarship assistance.

 

Trip schedule:

MONDAY, JANUARY 14:  Lexington – Charlotte – Munich

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15:  Munich – Ismir

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16:  Izmir – Thyatira – Philadelphia – Sardis

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17:  Izmir – Laodicea – Pamukkale – Hierapolis

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18:  Pamukkale – Ephesus – Izmir

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19:    Izmir – Pergamum – Assos

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20:  Assos – Alexandria Troas – Troy -Canakkale

MONDAY, JANUARY 21:  Canakkale – Ipsala

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22:  KAVALA – Philippi – Amphipolis – Thessaloniki

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23:  Thessaloniki – Kalamabaka

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24:  Kalamabaka – Meteora – Delphi

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25:  Delphi – Athens

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26:  Athens – Corinth

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27:  Athens

MONDAY, JANUARY 28: Athens – Frankfurt – Charlotte – Lexington