April 24, 2018 Students of color address concerns again in the Alumni Convocation Q & A with Bishop Dunlop and are again asked to wait. The administration has promised a video recording of the session will be made available soon. In the meantime, an audio recording is available here: http://www.seasonandstory.com/jim-dunlop-uls-q-a/
April 27, 2018 Video from the Alumni Convocation Q & A with Bishop Dunlop is posted at: https://youtu.be/N6JhfiIBR78
The question and answer portion of Jim Dunlop’s address begins in the 26th minute and the first questions around racial dynamics begin in the 34th minute and again in the 53rd minute through the end. The posted Alumni Convocation video ends before the closing prayer. Prayer was recorded on a students phone and posted to Facebook. The prayer recording may also be heard here: http://www.seasonandstory.com/jim-dunlop-uls-q-a-closing-prayer/
After a short break, Rev. Dr. Reggie Williams began his portion of the convocation with some analysis of institutionalized racism. That video may be viewed here: https://youtu.be/uB7C-nEQj0o
It is important to note that at least one of the many claims filed by students and confirmed by current Board Chair Rev. Dr. Peter Boehringer in August 2018 states that both Bishop Dunlop as an individual and the ULS Board of Trustees as a whole was “delayed in addressing concerns brought by African-American students” which shines a light on the delay in the chapel being enabled by a larger system of ULS racism.
This timeline went through an extensive vetting from April of 2018 through the present to ensure that it is true, and it was shared with ULS leadership routinely from April through September. As of July 2018 many complaints against Jim Dunlop were now substantiated and reported to the board. Yet Jim Dunlop still retained his seat on the board without acknowledging why many in the ULS community found his presence problematic to reconciliation and moving forward. It is only after this timeline was made public (Oct. 10, 2018) that Bishop Dunlop resigned from the ULS Board of Trustees. Rightly contextualized, Bishop Dunlop’s actions may be seen as both an individual’s acts which are also part of the ongoing systemic issue of racism specific to ULS. 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