April 26, 2016 SEPA Synod Candidacy Committee writes a letter to the ULS Leadership. In this letter they state,

our SEPA Synod, as well as the former LTSP campus, have been among the most diverse in the ELCA. However, that surface level diversity belies ongoing systemic racism at the seminary. Recently, specific incidents of racism, both intentional and unintended, have been brought to our attention, many of which have become public record. We know that complaints have been filed. Micro-aggressions, inappropriate ‘jokes,’ and complicit behaviors, which isolate students of the Black community and keep them from full and comprehensive formation, have no place in a Lutheran Seminary in 2018. Yet these have been part of the culture at ULS…

We have heard, understood and believe the stories of pain and suffering as described by students. We also repent of our own deeds of racism both known and unknown. We lament the hurt that has been caused to students under our care. We acknowledge that we have not lifted up enough candidates of color ourselves. As a Committee, we will continue to strive to meet the pastoral needs of our candidates and provide them with a safe place to speak their truth and experiences… Our candidates will know that we will accompany them as they maneuver through the candidacy process. We will believe their concerns, and we will assist them in finding healthy ways to express their truth and experiences to the leadership of ULS (or any seminary)…

Seminary should be a time of expansion and formation for all students. None should be isolated. The church of Jesus Christ leaves no one on the margins. We will continue to lift up ULS in our prayers and hope that the healing begins immediately.

Click to view / link /download the letter: http://www.seasonandstory.com/sepa-letter-to-uls-leadership/

This announcement is part of the timeline of racism at United Lutheran Seminary