Thank you for your engagement about matters at the heart of the public witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, which calls us to a just and reconciling world. Luther Seminary has a deep commitment to the work of creating beloved community, an expression of which is articulated in our welcome statement, unanimously adopted by the student council, faculty, and board last year.
At the same time, we acknowledge that we are sinners in a broken world and community, and that there is much to be done as we seek to live into the aspirations in the welcome statement. Thank you for naming some of the particularities of your own experience of this shared brokenness. We recognize that it is only by the power and promise of God’s redeeming love that we can become a community of reconciliation across differences of all kinds.
We look forward to following up with the student community about the specific requests laid out in your letter, in collaboration with our dean of students, campus pastor, faculty, board, and other key staff members. This is work we all share in together, and we are grateful for the initiative you’ve taken to engage in it.
In the meantime, we’d like to point our community to some resources and initiatives that are currently in place.
- Welcome statement
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee
- Campus care team
- Luther Seminary’s rolling three-year strategic plan (which includes as its first objective, “Build a gospel-centered culture of inclusion among board, faculty, staff, and students”)
Additionally, please don’t miss these upcoming opportunities to engage in further dialogue around anti-racism:
- An Evening with Drew Hart (January 14 at 4:30 pm)
- MLK breakfast (January 20 at 7:00 am)
There is much still to do–and we look forward to additional student engagement in this important work.
Leon A. Rodrigues, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Robin J. Steinke, President