Dear Members of the ULS Family:
As we welcome the New Year and all of God’s blessings that it brings, I wanted to share a few thoughts in this letter, the first bi-monthly presidential communication of 2020.
2 Corinthians 5:17 reads, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” We retain the old through memories of past years spent with family and friends as well as experiences that have enriched our lives. These formative moments have not passed away, but rather have provided spiritual guideposts for how we can serve the church and make the world a better place. After graduating from ULS, I pray that our students will remember the valuable lessons learned as part of their theological education here and create God’s new everything by faithfully proclaiming the Gospel in word and deed.
I am delighted to report that J-Term enrollment is robust for 2020. I’m especially pleased to have had a full class for the course I finished teaching this week: “Preaching the Gospel,” the introductory preaching class that students take at ULS. Since every student needs to preach a full-length sermon as part of the course requirement, the typical classroom environment is transformed into a holy worship experience, with a diverse group of students sharing their gifts in a multitude of styles, where we all learn and grow together.
Teaching while serving as president helps to keep me grounded in our mission, which is to provide a welcoming and diverse learning community, equipping people to proclaim the living Gospel for a changing church and world. Our students, faculty and staff work collaboratively to accomplish this for every student, every day.
It is in the spirit of respecting the “old” and welcoming the “new” that I send best wishes from all of us at ULS to all of you. Please watch for my next communication on January 24.
With warmest regards,
Rev.Angela Zimmann, Ph.D., CFRE
United Lutheran Seminary
Gettysburg + Philadelphia
President, United Lutheran Seminary Endowment Foundation
Adjunct Professor of Homiletics