Letter from the president of Luther Seminary
If you’re anything like me, this past year has felt as if it has contained lifetimes. Recently, I was looking back at communications we sent to the Luther Seminary community at the beginning of the pandemic, in which we expressed optimism that we’d be able to reopen in just a few weeks.
More than a year later, as vaccines are widely available in the United States, we’re just now able to start thinking about it.
Many of our graduates, supporters, and friends are in the same situation. Churches everywhere closed their doors, moved worship services and fellowship online, and made fast and difficult changes they hoped would be short-lived, but were anything but.
And yet …
Hope is emerging.
Hope is emerging, as Christian leaders have learned to connect with people in new ways. Hope is emerging, as effective vaccines are being distributed. Hope is emerging, as new life is being raised up from the struggles and pain of the past year by the grace and goodness of God.
In this Summer 2021 issue of Story, learn more about how hope is emerging at Luther Seminary. Meet some of the first graduates from MDivX, our accelerated Master of Divinity program; get to know new members serving their first term on the Board of Directors and their excitement for the future of Luther Seminary; hear from Grace (Duddy) Pomroy ’12 M.A., director of our Stewardship Leaders Program, about sustainable congregational giving practices; and read the heartwarming stories of married ministry partners whose connections developed in our community.
Change is never easy, but we have God’s unfailing promises to guide us through it—and that is the source of my emerging hope, now and always.
Robin J. Steinke