ULS President’s Newsletter | Summer Term 2018-19
Volume II, Issue 12
John 13:34 “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
Grace and peace to you in this time of grief and joy. While I am in Milwaukee, WI this week attending the Churchwide Assembly meeting with bishops, alumni, and many wonderful members of the ELCA, the work at the Seminary moves forward. In light of the horrific events of this past weekend, I wanted to share with you a statement from the faculty:
“We the faculty of United Lutheran Seminary express our grief and anger over the epidemic of mass shootings in this country and the world. We write to take a stand on what we see as a theological dimension to this scourge upon our world. At the same time, we are mindful and respectful of the irreducible value of each human life lost, and we lament the unresolved tragedy that such evil lurks and manifests itself in human life.
White supremacy comes into focus as a dominant motive in many shootings. The voices, movements and organizations that perpetuate it must be opposed and countered. We join with conscientious people in condemning all forms of white supremacy. And we write as a theological faculty to confront and to denounce especially the use of biblical and Christian language, symbols and imagery to promote, aid, abet or rationalize white supremacy.
As we write, we are mindful of need to reform our own institution, practices and beliefs. In addition to individual repentance, the Christian networks in which we are a part must change. We confess that Christians have sometimes actively supported and sometimes tacitly condoned white supremacist words and deeds. We reject those words and deeds as blatantly incompatible with the good news of Jesus Christ. We believe that we must actively work to dismantle racism and other systemic injustices, and we have work to do in our own arenas.
We re-commit our faculty to accompaniment and advocacy among those who suffer targeting of hate, and to listening and to learning so that we might teach strongly against white supremacy, and on behalf of the authentic good news of a God who is Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of all life.
Signed, The Faculty of United Lutheran Seminary”
I stand with the faculty and their denouncing of needless violence and hatred in our country.
Protector and Savior,
We ask that you keep the communities of Dayton and El Paso in your loving hands. Be with them in this time of pain and anguish. As always, we ask that you send your healing spirit to those in need and to keep us safe from harm. Help us to move forward as a nation, acknowledging the terror and coming together to find a solution.
In your loving name,
United Lutheran Seminary