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Ted Peters Book Launch Event »

Faculty searches in Lutheran History and Theology, Ethics, and Old Testament »

Founders’ Day 2014: “Migrant” Interpretations:
Reflections on the Bible and Tradition from Those on the Underside (September 10-12)

Prof. Shauna Hannan joining PLTS faculty »

Check out our new blog: Out of the Fog, into God’s World

Apply Now! We are now accepting applications for Spring and Fall, 2015.

Join us for Signs Along the Way, a weekend visit and discernment retreat November 6-9.

Welcome to PLTS, since January 2014 a part of California Lutheran University. We are a faith and learning community dedicated to excellence in theological education for developing leaders for the church in the world. Our beautiful location, dynamic faculty, cutting-edge curriculum, closely-knit community, and membership in the Graduate Theological Union provide a unique setting for wrestling with issues of Christian faith, discipleship, and the communication of the Gospel to a world in need of truly good news.

PLTS is an inclusive community and offers hospitality to all who participate in our programs of study. As disciples of Christ committed to public leadership among God’s people in diverse and challenging cultural contexts, we eagerly learn from and welcome one another’s diversity, including, but not limited to, theological perspective, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, relationship status, age, physical ability, social and economic status and sexual orientation.


Our Orienting Perspectives:

  • Lutheran Identity—A shared passion for the biblical story, centered on God’s sheer love in Jesus Christ, which forms us as a community of worship, study, and service, rooted in the Lutheran confessional tradition.
  • Religious Pluralism—A shared belief that conversation and mutual critique with other Christians and with those of other religious faiths expand our understandiing of the human condition and deepen our own theological grounding as Lutheran Christians, revealing what we have to gain from, and give to, others.
  • Multiculturalism—A shared conviction that serious engagement with one’s own and others’ cultures compels us to imagine and embrace new ways to minister within a diverse world.
  • Public Sphere—A shared commitment to faith active in love, calling us to engage the economic, environmental, political, and social issues of the day.