"Dr. Shore has a wealth of pastoral experience and seminary education and brings a wise and measured voice to faculty and student discussions that allows her to respond to the needs of LTSS."— University President Dr. Fred Whitt
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University, located in Columbia, South Carolina, celebrated the installation of The Rev. Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore as the rector and dean. The Rev. Dr. Herman Yoos officiated the Rite of Installation, and The Rev. Dr. Mark Fitzsimmons delivered the homily before a gathering of an estimated 175 seminarians, bishops, academic colleagues, benefactors, family and friends of Lenoir-Rhyne and LTSS. The Rev. Kevin Strickland presided at the Eucharist.
Held in Christ Chapel on the LTSS campus, the celebration included a luncheon after worship and a lecture from Shore titled, "Christ Is Risen: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Culture of Fear." Basing her remarks on the New Testament story of the risen Christ's appearance to disciples on the road to Emmaus, Shore encouraged the seminary community to engage in similar work: journeying together, engaging the Scriptures, and sharing hospitality. "We see the risen Christ in the stranger and in one another," she said.
In her role, Shore serves as the lead academic and church administrator for LTSS and works to develop the seminary to an exemplary status within the ELCA. Shore began at LTSS in February, and in her first months, she has announced a search to fill the newly endowed Frances and Baxter Weant Chair in Lutheran Studies and launched Freed to Serve, a program that leverages ongoing scholarship gifts and endowment support for LTSS students to eliminate tuition costs for seminarians.
"This is an important date in the life of the seminary," said University President Dr. Fred Whitt. "Dr. Shore has a wealth of pastoral experience and seminary education and brings a wise and measured voice to faculty and student discussions that allows her to respond to the needs of LTSS."
Before assuming her position at LTSS, Shore served as pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brevard, North Carolina, for six years. She also served 16 years at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she held positions as a professor and associate dean.
Shore is a frequent speaker at pastoral conferences and other church events, and she has published "Signs of Belonging: Luther's Marks of the Church and the Christian Life," as well as multiple journal articles. Shore received her doctorate in religion from Duke University, a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in religion from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
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