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June 3rd, 2017 – NTS West’s “The Gathering”

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  Date/Time: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 10:30am-2pm Location: NTSWest All Community Gathering Pasadena Presbyterian Church 585 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 Click here to get directions (through Google Maps)     Information New Theological Seminary of the West invites all students, faculty, potential students, trustees and friends of the seminary to attend The Gathering. The Gathering is designed to enable the NTSWest seminary community to come together for fellowship; information sharing; lunch and worship. There is no charge for persons attending. For further information please call the seminary office at 626-765-9500 or email us at info@ntswest.org.     RSVP To RSVP to this event, fill out the form below: If you are human, leave this field blank.Will you be attending "The Gathering" on June 3, 2017?YesNoName *Email *PhoneComment SectionCaptcha...

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Installation Address of Our President The Rev. Dr. John D’Elia

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Installation Address of Our President The Rev. Dr. John D’Elia

(This address was given on Nov. 5th, 2016 by The Rev. Dr. John A. D’Elia on the occasion of his installation as the first President of the New Theological Seminary of the West.) Family and friends, members of our board of trustees; students, faculty and honored guests, thank you so much for being here today. Your presence is a gift not only for me, but also for the New Theological Seminary of the West. As we establish ourselves in this region—as we work to provide practical ministry training that is rooted in deep theological reflection—your presence here affirms our goals and demonstrates your support. On behalf of our seminary, I want to say a very heartfelt thank you. It is a long-standing tradition at events such as this one to pose a question of some great significance, and then spend 30 minutes or so coming up with some lofty-sounding answers. The problem is that after a year and a half of this particular election season— of the accusations, recriminations, denunciations and repudiations, here’s the big question that I came up with: After the 18 months we’ve just endured, who would want to be president of anything right now? Well, I suppose the obvious answer, since I’m standing here we’re all together today, is that I would. In a few minutes a group of men and women made up of people who know more than I do—who believe more deeply than I can muster sometimes—and who have accomplished more in their lives and ministries than I could ever hope for—in a few minutes those good people are going to place their hands on me, and pray for me, and make me the president of their seminary—of our seminary. I am truly honored to be chosen for this role. Because I still believe in the church of Jesus Christ. As a church historian who specializes in the history of fundamentalism and evangelicalism, I’ll admit that it’s not always easy. Our shared Christian history is one of conflict and division and separation. But as a follower of Jesus and a minister of the gospel, my passion is for the unity and mission of the local church—of these gathered clusters of broken women and men who come together to grow in their faith, and love their communities, and reach out to other people with the gospel. I will say it freely and proudly: I love the church, even when it disappoints. I learned that love right here at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank. I was baptized here. I was welcomed into membership here when I was 14 years old. I was ordained as an elder and a few years later was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament—all of those important events happened within about 15 feet from where I’m standing right now. I even preached my first sermon here. The text we read today (Luke 5:27-32) was the same passage I used here on Youth Sunday in 1979—the sermon was titled: “Is This a Hospital or a Health Club?” I learned in this place that Jesus didn’t come to hang out with the perfect people; that he came to be with folks who were sick and broken and hurting. I accepted Christ as my savior here. I was given opportunities...

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Fall Quarter Courses 2016

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Fall Quarter 2016 September 24 – December 10 Classes ordinarily run for 10 weeks Courses The Gospel of Luke (2 credits) Professor: Peter Hintzoglou Location: La Canada Presbyterian Church, La Canada, CA Monday evenings, (Sept. 26-November 28)  6:45 – 9:15pm  The practice of our Christian life and witness depends to a large extent upon our understanding of the Gospel, the person of Christ, the function of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual practices such as prayer, forgiveness, and so on. Luke, in his Gospel, introduces us to the person and ministry of Jesus. In this seminar we will explore the mission of His ministry, the nature of salvation, and the practices designed to help believers build healthy, loving, giving relationships and be effective witnesses to the love of Jesus. Spirituality and Social Justice (2 credits) Professors: Janna Gosselin and Charles Marks Location: Second Baptist Church, Santa Ana Saturday mornings: October 1, 8, 22, 29; November 12, 19; December 3, 10 9:30am – 12:00pm “Two of the great hungers in our world today are the hunger for spirituality and the hunger for social justice. The connection between the two is one the world is waiting for.” This class aims to address that very connection. Although a meaningful spiritual life and social justice are both significant topics for the church and society today, few explore the crucial link between the two. Yet this link is where lives can be transformed. The lives of deeply religious people, on the one hand, show that, as their spiritual life deepens, a deeper interest in the welfare of others is a natural outgrowth. On the other hand, for those interested in perpetuating needed social change, a deeper spiritual life is vital to avoid burn-out. Beyond mere self-care, spirituality prompts the activist to transform his/her goals from a movement against a particular social ill to a movement toward deeper goals of hope, love and reconciliation. The leadership of Howard Thurman, Martin Luther King, and Sojourner Truth exemplified this principle.  In sum, a focus on spirituality both builds and sustains movements for social justice, allowing all to work from and for God’s love. The Prophets (2 credits) Professor: Michael Woodcock Location: First Presbyterian, Encino Tuesday evenings: September 27, Oct 4, 11, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29 plus two outside Ministry engagements 6:45 – 9:15pm This course will introduce the prophetic books of the Old Testament, with attention to the prophets’ calling, message and ministry, their historical setting, and the formation of the books that bear their names. These writings occupy a crucial place within the Old Testament and in the grand sweep of scripture, as they bear witness to Israel’s “death” and “resurrection.” We will explore the essential contribution they make to our understanding of God’s freedom, justice, commitment, passion, holiness, and steadfast love. Our study will yield some fresh discoveries of the prophets’ urgent relevance for our lives and our world, including the areas of social justice, idolatry, spiritual integrity, and hope. In our class meetings we will make use of both broad survey and more detailed investigation of key passages, as well as spiritual practices, discussion and reflection. We will also participate in two outside ministry experiences that implement some key parts of the prophets’ message. Shadowing the Bible Teacher: The Book of Daniel...

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Doing Church in a Changing Culture Video: How Faith Meets Culture Series

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In this video Dr. Tom Erickson, D.Min, and Rev. Kirk Winslow, M.Div. describe how two very different congregations respond to changes in their surrounding culture, one in inner city Los Angeles in the 1960’s, and the other in suburban Irvine in the 2000’s.

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Judaism, Christianity, Islam: Related Religious Traditions

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Fall Quarter 2015 Judaism, Christianity, Islam: Related Religious Traditions (2) Date/Time: Wednesdays (9/30-12/2) 6:45pm-9:15pm Professor: Reinhard Krauss Location: Encino Presbyterian Church The course offers an analysis of the complex interrelatedness of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  The aim is to present these religions as living traditions whose historical origins, current interactions, and future development is the dynamic context for ministry in the multi-religious world of Southern California.  To acquire a grasp of the internal ethos of each of these traditions, renowned scholars and recognized leaders will be guest presenters. The course culminates in a forum in which scholars of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam engage in a “Trialogue” to explore the commonalities and differences on a key issue of common concern. This forum is open to the...

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NTSWest’s Latest Newsletter Is Online

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NTSWest’s Latest Newsletter Is Online

Our April 2015 Newsletter is online!  Find out about: – “The Gathering,” which inaugurated the second semester at NTSWest – Spanish speaking courses being offered – The Spirituality & Aging Certificate Program Click on the newsletter image to download!

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