Welcome to the United Lutheran Seminary community. In deciding to consider ULS, you have taken an important initial step in determining where to pursue your calling to serve God and humanity in a changing church and world. When you choose ULS, you will become a member of a nurturing and inclusive institution centered on our Lord God and rooted in the grace and mercy of Jesus. As our mission statement puts it, we are a “welcoming and diverse learning community equipping people to proclaim the living Gospel for a changing church and world.”
United Lutheran Seminary is celebrating a legacy of more than 192 years as it continues to prepare Christian leaders dedicated to the service of God and all of humankind.
On July 1, 2018, ULS celebrated the first year of its new identity after the consolidation of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, (founded in 1826) and Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (founded in 1864); two historic institutions that came together in 2017 (during the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation).
As God calls you to Seminary, it is of special significance that ULS is centered in the Lutheran confessional witness, but engaged, in the truest ecumenical sense, with the body of Christ and in partnership with other Christian denominations. The breadth and quality of our curriculum and the scope of our programs are enriched by the diversity of our excellent faculty, staff members, and students. ULS offers outstanding theological programs leading to parish ministry, teaching, chaplaincy, social justice lay leadership, and other areas of Christian service.
Because our faculty are active scholars who encourage academic excellence and have the highest expectations of you as students, you will greatly benefit from your studies and internship experiences.
I am sure ULS is the place for you to pursue your goals as student of theology and live out your call as a servant of God and your neighbors. If you are a returning seminarian, welcome. If you are a prospective student or a lay leader interested in obtaining one of several continuing education certificates, I pray that you will choose to join the ULS community.
In God’s Grace,
Dr. Richard Green