November 9, 2018 The new ULS Deans of Chapel (Dr. Leonard and Dr. Largen) release a welcome statement.

Welcome from the Deans of the Chapels
Our common life as United Lutheran Seminary is both discovered and expressed as we regularly gather on both campuses in our two chapels to celebrate the Word and sacraments. Our worship life is foundational to all that we are and do. As the Lord Jesus opened his arms to all, so we invite each and every member of this seminary community into our weekly chapel life, giving thanks to God for the rich variety of talents, backgrounds and perspectives represented here. Our beautiful chapels are sacred spaces providing safe spaces where each of us will find a welcome, regardless of who we are; and where all of us together will offer radical hospitality to one another and the world. Further, in keeping with Lutheran practice, we value ecumenical partnerships and relationships with Christians of many denominations and traditions. Together we can learn from one another and take delight in our shared life in Christ. When students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae from traditions other than Lutheran are called upon to offer their gifts of leadership in our chapels, they are encouraged to bring elements and worship styles of their own faith traditions, thereby enhancing our common worship experience to the glory of God.

This is an important statement to make publicly because this had not been the practice of the chapels in previous years including last year. Still, it is also important that the seminary write policies that support the vision being cast by both students and faculty now so that we do not revert to former paradigms which valued a narrow, classist (and ultimately racist) expression of faith over a fully inclusive and equitable expression which must be present if ULS is to fully embrace its diverse student body. Many of the proposed policies in the ULS Policy Survey seek to address these ongoing systemic issues in the ULS community. This announcement is part of the timeline of racism at United Lutheran Seminary