Luther Seminary Concord

Luther Seminary Concord We are Luther Seminary's student newspaper. We publish monthly and issues are available online or in person on the Luther Seminary campus. Student Run Newspaper.

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The new issue of The Concord has been released! Pick up a physical copy on the Luther Campus, or read the six new articl...
03/04/2020
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The new issue of The Concord has been released! Pick up a physical copy on the Luther Campus, or read the six new articles on our website! We've got fantastic articles about the immigration situation on the US/Mexico border, Online Church, The Campus of the Future move, the history of Luther Seminary houses, and a review of the Lip Sync Battle. Happy reading, and be sure to share your response (respectfully) in the comments of the website or on our page. Happy reading!

https://theconcord.squarespace.com/articles

02/17/2020
Concord News Network: February RFS Special!!!

The Concord News Network covers the next two weeks for the February Focus Sessions! With so many events, announcements, and technical difficulties, will there be any room left for their zany brand of humourous news delivery? Watch to find out!

On Wednesday morning, Luther Seminary's new Campus Pastor, Jeni Grangaard, was installed during a beautiful worship serv...
01/16/2020

On Wednesday morning, Luther Seminary's new Campus Pastor, Jeni Grangaard, was installed during a beautiful worship service. Minneapolis Area Synod Bishop presided over the installation, Professor Dirk Lange gave a beautiful sermon, and moving music was provided by a group of international students and the seminary choir. Your humble reporter can confirm that the cake served after worship was also top notch. You can learn more about Pastor Grangaard in her Concord Interview linked below!

https://theconcord.squarespace.com/articles?offset=1574259167635

Last night, theologian, professor, and blogger Drew Hart spoke to students and friends of Luther Seminary about rethinki...
01/16/2020

Last night, theologian, professor, and blogger Drew Hart spoke to students and friends of Luther Seminary about rethinking the way that American Christian churches view and approach race and racism. He spoke about the complex challenges that Christianity faces in confronting the ways that four centuries of white supremacy have corrupted the Gospel message, and offered an image of hope found in moments when power is willing to humble itself enough to be led by the marginalized down the path of listening, understanding, and reconciliation. Check out some pictures from the lecture, and dig into some choice quotes from the night below.

"We're taking on 400 years of slavery, Jim Crow, institutionalized racism, and mass incarceration and trying to solve it with a potluck and a pulpit swaps. We're giving simple solutions to complex questions and expecting the walls of racism to come tumbling down. "

"I have pastors from suburban Oklahoma telling me that their whole community is white so they can't do anything with racism. And I wanted to tell them that they're in the center of the action! There's a ton of work to do right where they are to figure out why there are only white people in their area!"

"White supremacy remains entangled in service ministry unless white people are willing to submit to the leadership of people of color to be sent where they are actually needed."

"Decentralization is not the same as marginalization."

"Waiting for the electoral cycle lets those in power determine the issues for us; the church needs to get involved in organizing communities to demonstrate and prophetically determine what those seeking election will need to do to get people to elect them."

"Until we're ready to radically restructure everything for the sake of belonging in Christ, we're only going to give the message that anyone outside the norm of white Christianity is an other."

01/10/2020

Luther Seminary students are walking out of class this morning to call upon the administration and institution to take a more active role in building an inclusive educational environment for LGBTQIA+ students and students of color, and in creating a more connected community as half of students are distance learners and half are residential. Watch the Walk Out live from the moment students leave class at 10:30 to gather in Northwestern Hall to protest and pray.

01/10/2020

Here is the text of the letter that the group of students Walking Out of class this morning will be delivering to President Robin Steinke:

January 10, 2020

Dear Rev. Dr. Steinke and Dr. Rodrigues,

We write to you in recognition of your respective roles as President and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with appreciation for your legacy of advocacy, representative power for the entire community, and ability to lead continued action on students’ access to resources and sense of inclusive belonging at Luther Seminary.
It is our calling as students of Luther Seminary to be sent by the Holy Spirit to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God's world. While our digital learning spaces and time in the classroom are important arenas to live out this call, we recognize how education unfolds within and beyond course formalities, and one of the first steps of reconciliation is a moment of disruption. So today, while so many are gathered on campus for January intensives, many of us are coming together to take action beyond the classroom. In this “walk-out” of our classes, we join in solidarity to demonstrate our unity in the face of brokenness at Luther Seminary.
After reflecting in multiple smaller circles on the pain and feeling of lostness caused by this brokenness, and its effect on our future as leaders, it’s time to come together in one large circle to integrate the conversation and bear witness for each other. We believe that though some issues have been named, others have been veiled in fear or misunderstanding.
While we embrace change and innovation efforts, we seek space for people who are grieving -- grieving loss of physical spaces, student housing, curriculum changes, and accumulating staff departures. We tend the scars and open wounds left by the clutches of institutional racism, noticing the disproportionately low numbers of people of color from the USA, and uplift the voices of those Black seminarians who feel Luther is not a space for them. Our hearts ache with students facing financial struggles, especially the unique situation of international students, some of whom are unable to buy books, unsure of their resources, and uncertain if they will be punished or frowned upon for speaking up about their needs. We echo the importance of Luther becoming a Reconciling in Christ institution; actively preparing leaders to be supported as and/or extend support to LGBTQIA+ people. Luther Seminary is uniquely situated to equip servant leaders for all contexts, whether divided, unsure, hostile, secretive, or celebratory on topics of relationship and gender diversity.
Recognizing the power of vulnerability, we wish to unlock those attitudes that seek to shield students from painful conversations, for we would rather be a part of the healing, exercising our blossoming leadership skills and providing student perspectives, with special attention to the input of people marginalized in society.
We celebrate our current community, and deeply yearn for a greater sense of connectedness, belonging, and stability. Since students come and go, it is enormously difficult for our collective body to maintain an active and healthy community that doesn’t feel like “starting from scratch” each year, from social togetherness to access to resources. We recognize our own continued responsibility as students, while calling out in frustration, turning to the leadership and structures of Luther Seminary that remain year-to-year – the administration, faculty, staff, and board – who have the power to sustain a vibrant, beautiful, and welcoming community for all who are part of this seminary.
Inviting you to join us in this solidarity, we ask that you:

Create a standing committee to act on the brokenness reflected in the examples above, utilizing information that has been gathered throughout the years about campus climate and needs, while seeking contemporary input.
This committee should be made up of executive members of the administration, students, staff, and faculty: striving for equal representation from each group.
This committee should have an awareness of, and send special invitation to, marginalized voices, offering empowerment while deconstructing any impressions that people will be punished or ignored when contributing their perspectives.
This committee should develop an action plan by the end of the 2020 Spring Semester addressing the issues of Luther Seminary. There should be, in this plan, contributions from outside voices, and active checkpoints for two years to evaluate how the plan is being accomplished. This plan should involve conversation and action on the Reconciling in Christ journey, and measurable cultural competency training.
We seek regular weekly listening sessions, during which the executive leaders of the seminary will listen and allow space for issues and hopes to be named by the student body. These sessions should be scheduled at various times to accommodate a variety of schedules, and should be open to students who cannot be physically present. These sessions would benefit from an outside spiritual director or facilitator.
We ask that Luther Seminary hire additional dedicated full-time staff members to contribute to the work being done to build healthy community among students and connect us with staff, faculty, spiritual formation, and livelihood resources. These hiring efforts should be especially focused on building beloved community, and continuing to increase marginalized voices among faculty and staff.
Finally, we ask for more open and intentional conversation between the board of directors and student body addressing the issues and hopes that emerge from such listening sessions. These conversations should take place as often as the board of directors gathers on campus.

Thank you for acknowledging our requests, and we look forward to your swift response and action.

In Christ,
The students present today

01/10/2020

Breaking News! At 10:30 am (central time) this morning, a group of Luther Seminary students will be holding a campus-wide "Walk-Out" from work and classes to call upon the institution to take a more proactive role in creating a more inclusive, welcoming, transparent, and connected community. The Concord will be providing live coverage of the demonstration through Facebook Live and accompanying reporting and interviews later today. Be sure to tune in at 10:30 am if you would like to witness this event unfold. We will post the letter that the group plans to deliver to President Steinke shortly.

Did you enjoy reading the latest issue of The Concord? Is there a story going on or off the Luther Seminary campus that ...
12/11/2019
the concord

Did you enjoy reading the latest issue of The Concord? Is there a story going on or off the Luther Seminary campus that you believe needs to be reported? Do you have a hot take that the campus needs to hear? If so, then you should consider writing for The Concord's winter issue! Tomorrow at 11:30 am (CST), we'll be hosting our planning meeting for our winter edition in the Eatery of Luther Seminary to brainstorm articles, take on assignments, and think about what can be done to make The Concord even better. We'll be offering a Zoom option for students who aren't able to be on campus (or any alumni interested in writing an alumni column), so please let us know if you're interested! We hope to see you there!

And if you haven't read the most recent issue of The Concord, check it out on the website linked below!

https://theconcord.squarespace.com/

Luther Seminary faces a host of impending changes in the coming years, on top of the ongoing changes within the campus community. We’re in the second year of the jubilee scholarship, the first year of the M. DivX program, and will see the beginnings of the Campus of the Future project later this y...

The Concord is here!!! The first issue of this year's edition of The Concord will be distributed on campus immediately f...
11/20/2019
the concord

The Concord is here!!! The first issue of this year's edition of The Concord will be distributed on campus immediately following Chapel, and can now be found on The Concord's new website, which you can find by following this link:

https://theconcord.squarespace.com/

We'll be updating this website with each issue of The Concord, and will be adding more articles from previous volumes and posting some "in-the-moment" articles as events happen on campus. So be sure to check back on the website often!

We've got some fantastic and fascinating articles from a wonderful writing team, so I truly hope that you enjoy reading through this collection of perspectives from Luther Seminary students and graduates. And if you feel inspired to take up your pen to write a story or offer your perspective, know that we would love to hear your ideas! Thanks for reading everyone!

Luther Seminary faces a host of impending changes in the coming years, on top of the ongoing changes within the campus community. We’re in the second year of the jubilee scholarship, the first year of the M. DivX program, and will see the beginnings of the Campus of the Future project later this y...

This year's first issue of The Concord is hot off the press (and neatly folded)! Physical copies will be distributed tom...
11/19/2019

This year's first issue of The Concord is hot off the press (and neatly folded)! Physical copies will be distributed tomorrow during the Community Lunch at Luther Seminary, and all articles will be posted on The Concord's new website that will be released tomorrow! Stay tuned, because there are some truly fantastic articles coming your way!

11/12/2019
Concord News Network (November 11th, 2019)

We're back with another edition of the Concord News Network! Give it a watch to learn about all of the events happening at Luther Seminary in the coming week (reported as awkwardly as possible)!

11/05/2019
The Concord News Network — November 5th, 2019

We're back with The Concord News Network's weekly updates on campus living and all of the great events that will be happening at Luther Seminary this week! Enjoy the video, thanks to our great news team, and I hope to see you at a campus event this week!

10/21/2019
The Concord News Network (October 21st)

Inspired by Danielle Dunasky's "This Week Today" updates, The Concord is pioneering its first-ever video news network! Tune in every Monday to learn what's happening on campus during the upcoming week. Thanks to our news team of Anna Ferro, Lara Moll, and Jami Goetz for knocking it out of the park! Enjoy!

10/15/2019

One of the features we hope to add to the Concord this year is a column for alumni to express their perspectives on the events or effects of Luther Seminary! We'd love to have at least one young alumni (20s-50~) and one older alumni (50 and above) contribute per issue. Though really, you can choose whichever age group you feel most connected to. If you would be interested in offering your voice and perspective, please send a message to this page, or an email to [email protected]!

Last Thursday afternoon, the Board of Luther Seminary joined the students, staff, and faculty for a marvelous Oktoberfes...
10/15/2019

Last Thursday afternoon, the Board of Luther Seminary joined the students, staff, and faculty for a marvelous Oktoberfest! This humble writer can confirm that after extensive taste-testing, the pretzels were especially excellent. Other students report that the beer and wine were also quite good. It was a wonderful day of community, so please enjoy a few of the pictures! To hear more about the Board's meeting and the relationship between the Board and the campus, stay tuned for the first issue of The Concord (to be released in Mid-November)!

The Concord Information Session is today at 12:45 PM! Whether you're interested in contributing to investigative article...
10/02/2019

The Concord Information Session is today at 12:45 PM! Whether you're interested in contributing to investigative articles, feature stories, interviews with professors, updates on campus life, satire, or the new Concord podcast, be sure to join us for a great first meeting! We'll gather in our new office space in the basement of Olson Campus Center. We hope to see you there!

The new office of The Concord is just about ready! All we need now are some bold and courageous writers! Join us for our...
09/30/2019

The new office of The Concord is just about ready! All we need now are some bold and courageous writers! Join us for our Information Session at 12:45 PM this Wednesday to get involved with Luther Seminary's campus newspaper!

The office is located on the bottom floor of OCC, by the choir room. And if you're not on campus, talk to Bergen Nelson ([email protected]) to connect via Zoom or a video of the meeting. Hope to see you there! (there will be food!)

09/24/2019
The Noncord

Also, the Luther Seminary Satire page, the Noncord, has been recovered! Please tune in to that page for all the greatest satirical takes on seminary news and silly jokes about theology!

However, just so that you're warned, it looks like the spirit of Martin Luther has returned and somehow taken over the Noncord page. Please bear with us while we get that sorted out.

https://www.facebook.com/Noncord/

We are the laugh makers and we are the jokers of jokes.

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Hello Everyone! This is Bergen Nelson, one of the current editors of The Concord! Sadly, the password and username needed to run this page have been lost over time, hence the lack of posts for the past two years. Therefore, we have moved our social media presence to a new page that will update much more frequently, and I would invite you all to like and follow our new page at the link below! I hope that you'll keep following The Concord for all of your Luther Seminary news! https://www.facebook.com/TheConcordNewspaper/?modal=admin_todo_tour