ULS President’s Newsletter | Volume II, Issue 16
“For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14:11
“You are all brothers and sisters.” Matthew 23:12
The horrific events of the Labor Day Weekend: the horrible shooting in Texas in which 7 people were murdered, the massive storm that swept the Atlantic Coast (5 deaths), fire aboard a boat near Santa Cruz Island, California (20 plus deaths), the Labor Day murder of 5 family members by a 14-year-old member of that family, and the countless other tragic events of the year call on all of us to understand the meaning of Luke 14:11 and Matthew 23:12. We are all brothers and sisters, children of God. When is enough, enough? While some seek a seat at the front of the banquet table and others are relegated to the seats of less honor, in the end we all will be exalted.
Sisters and brothers, we are a community of love; the ELCA, our ecumenical partners, and all our neighbors must come together in the name of Christ and the love of God to address the malaise among us and better seek to do God’s work. We are not perfect, but as a community of love, as members of God’s church, as seminarians, as students preparing for a life of service in public ministry, as educators and current servants of God in all walks of life, we must continue to come together to provide the hands to do God’s work, exalt his grace and help all we can to make this world a better place. In God’s name we pray:
Dear Lord God our Savior, we pray again for the victims of the most recent acts of violence against our brothers and sisters in Texas; we pray for the victims of hurricane Dorian and the aftermath of the storms; we pray for the passengers and families of those caught in fire aboard the boat in California. Our prayers are offered in your name for all the survivors and family members of the victims as well. But we seek your divine guidance as we know we must do more than pray only, for as we are reminded in James 4:17, “Anyone, then who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” We know what we should do. Help us do what you would have us do for the love our neighbors, in the name of our Lord God.
United Lutheran Seminary
Join us as we celebrate the 39th anniversary of UTI at our annual lecture held on Tuesday, September 17th at 11:30AM at the Brossman Center and our annual worship celebration held at Grace Baptist Church of Germantown at 7:00 PM. This year’s keynote is the Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, PhD, former President of Rochester Crozer Divinity School as well as the former Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and former Professor of African American Religious Studies. This event is free and open to the public. To learn more, click here.
Join us for a full day of lectures and workshops as we examine the violence in our world through faith-based actions, looking particularly at how our public witness and advocacy efforts for peace, reconciliation, and justice address the root causes and enhance societal response. All events will take place in the Brossman Center. This year’s keynote is the Rev. Amy Reumann, Director of Advocacy for the ELCA in Washington DC. In this position, Rev. Reumann leads ELCA federal policy, the state public policy network, and the Corporate Social Responsibility program. This event is open to everyone interested in the work of peacemaking. Please consider staying with us through the evening as we celebrate three distinguished alumni at our annual banquet. Register today by clicking here.
Student services is putting together mandatory campus conduct training in compliance with EIIA and Title IX. In preparation for this training, please review the student handbook, located here on MyULS.