A diverse group of faculty, staff, and students were assembled to draft a new welcome statement that expresses Luther’s commitment to radical hospitality in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The statement was endorsed by the faculty, student council, and board of directors in April and May 2018. The full text of the statement is below.
Luther Seminary is a learning community rooted in the unconditional promise of God’s love for all people. In Christ, all are neighbors one to another. In a dynamic of mutual welcome, we seek to learn from one another’s particularities, including but not limited to differences of race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic circumstance, dis/ability, political perspective, ecclesial tradition, and theological commitments. Intentional learning happens through critical discourse that challenges previously held assumptions. Faculty, staff, students, and board members commit to engaging deeply in Christ-centered relationships across differences through honest, courageous, and respectful dialogue. This is possible only by the grace of God. We pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit, we will be a community of reconciliation, and one that educates Christian public leaders who can be conduits of God’s healing and mercy in the world.