September 9, 2018 In an email to all students additional meetings are announced with Dr. Christine Kennedy and Warren Young. Dr. Kennedy first met with the ULS community in the spring 2018 semester at the urging of student leaders and the invitation of the administration.

Dr. Christine Kennedy

In April and May of 2018, United Lutheran brought in trauma specialists Dr. Christine Kennedy and Warren Young to help facilitate conversations among the student body, after a series of events brought to light that we as a community needed to increase our cultural competency and address some issues of justice and inclusion.  Those conversations will continue this fall, as Dr. Kennedy and Mr. Young offer a series of Conversations on Culture.  Each of the three sessions will be offered on both campuses, with the option for our Distributed Learning students and those on internship to join via Zoom webinar.  Please mark your calendars for these important conversations.

Monday, September 24
11:00 – 12:30 at Gettysburg, Valentine 314
5:00 – 6:30 at Philadelphia, Brossman C
Session 1:  Conversations on Culture – Trauma 101
What is trauma?  How might the impact of trauma be seen in individuals, groups, communities and the larger society? How can we competently and compassionately respond to the impact of trauma (as individuals, as individuals in community and as leaders of communities)?

Monday, October 29
11:00 – 12:30 at Gettysburg, Valentine 314
5:00 – 6:30 at Philadelphia, Brossman C
Session 2:  Conversations on Culture – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
What is culture?  How do we define it?  How do we create space for crucial conversations on race, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religious/spiritual beliefs?  What are our “blind spots”? How do we talk about them without shutting down? What are microagressions? What do they look like in the classroom, on campus, and in the wider world?

Monday, November 26
11:00 – 12:30 at Gettysburg, Valentine 314
5:00 – 6:30 at Philadelphia, Brossman C
Session 3:  Conversations on Culture – Trauma and the Church
“Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” John 1:46
Research suggests that for some individuals traumas can act to galvanize growth and positive change.  What are some characteristics including predispositions and personality factors that predict positive outcomes post-trauma?  What is the role of trauma in the origins of the early Christian community? What is the impact of trauma on meaning systems such as spiritual beliefs?  How can we as church leaders respond effectively when trauma impacts our communities?

In the September 11, 2018 Town Hall Meeting in Philadelphia President Green announced that future Board of Trustees meetings will be accessible by the public via a viewing gallery. He also confirmed that the Board has not yet committed to any action concerning the future of former Acting-President and current Board member Bishop Jim Dunlop who has perpetuated multiple substantiated racist acts during his short term in the office of the ULS president. It is only after this timeline was made public (Oct. 10, 2018) that Bishop Dunlop resigned from the ULS Board of Trustees. 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