The boards of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia adopted identical resolutions calling for “the creation of a new school of theology and leadership formation.” The boards’ unanimous actions, taken during simultaneous meetings Jan. 12-13, authorize the schools’ presidents and other officers to take all necessary steps required prior to their April 2016 board meetings that would launch the process of creating a unified Lutheran seminary. “Changes in both society and the church call for new experiments in theological education,” said Jonathan P. Strandjord, ELCA program director for seminaries. “The move by Gettysburg and Philadelphia toward forming a new school opens the door to a wide range of very promising experiments.”

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