Our community is formed of learning, worship, service, and lively social gatherings. Chapel services, largely planned and led by students and faculty, and the weekly Wednesday Eucharist keep worship at the center of our life together. Lutheran worship styles throughout the US are reflected in worship at PLTS through occasional bilingual services and the use of the African-American hymnal, This Far By Faith. In addition to classroom work, MDiv, MTS and MCM students and faculty meet regularly in seminars groups (iGroups) to integrate their classroom work, their own contextual ministry experiences, and their life of faith. Each Wednesday, our community shares a meal in the PLTS refectory.
The PLTS Student Association plays an integral role in PLTS governance and policy-making. Through participation in several active committees (i.e. Community Life, Peace and Justice, and Curriculum), students provide leadership for the entire PLTS community. In addition, students participate in faculty and board committees such as Contextual Education, Recruitment, and Community Life. Students are the leaders and the inspiration for service projects within and outside our community, including the annual PLTS youth retreat for Bay Area high school students. In addition, students take the lead in helping us to enjoy ourselves! Volleyball challenges between faculty and students and the annual Advent Coffee House and Spring PLTS Follies are some of our favorites.
Rich Community Resources
The multicultural diversity of the GTU and the Bay Area environment is a part of the PLTS experience, informing course offerings and course content, class discussion and group interaction, and personal and professional relationships.
Our community is also fortunate to have a wonderful group of men and women who serve in staff positions at PLTS. These congenial and hardworking people, some with decades of service to PLTS, serve God and the future of the church by serving the needs of students, faculty, and administrators alike.