ULS President’s Newsletter | Fall Term 2018-19
Volume I, Issue 21
United Lutheran Seminary, along with the rest of the nation, celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, and we have much to be thankful for this year.
“Overall, we have had an abundance of good gifts, endless heartwarming moments, and feelings of great joy at ULS. By the grace of God, we are making wonderful progress in our quest to love God and our neighbors as we continue to educate the future leaders of the church and the world.”
I am humbled by our friends, colleagues, alumni, faculty, students, and staff who have expressed appreciation for the progress we have made since this time last year. And the offerings of time, talent, and treasure to ULS by supporters are moving us in the right direction. Again, for that, we are grateful.
While the $30 million gift this year was unusual and a much appreciated expression of support of the mission of ULS, we pray that the Nov. 27, 2018, fundraising event (“Giving Tuesday”) will be just as successful, especially in the number of givers supporting our cause. All the support we receive is greatly appreciated.
We have our personal health and the healing power of God as we address the ills of life’s daily existence. We have our friends and families to be thankful for this holiday season.
However, to truly see our blessings, we must acknowledge some of the personal and national events that occurred over the last year that were trying and devastating for individuals near and far. On a local and regional level, many in our communities have experienced traumatic life events such as the death of a loved one, sickness, food insecurity, etc., while events such as fires, traumatic weather events, and senseless shootings have hurt so many so gravely on a national level. We continue to offer prayers and wishes for social justice and consolation for all affected by these events.
May the Lord bless you and we pray that you and your family and friends be filled with thanksgiving and the grace of God.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:6-7
Dorothy and I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving Day.
Significant Events and Updates
Philadelphia Interfaith Housing Hospitality Network Empty Bowl Event
United Lutheran Seminary proudly hosted the 20th annual Empty Bowl Dinner supporting the Philadelphia Interfaith Housing Hospitality Network. Held right before Thanksgiving at the start of the winter holiday season, a time when people reflect on their good fortune and the needs of others, PIHN’s Empty Bowl Dinner raises awareness about family hunger and homelessness. At the start of their meal, guests chose a hand-made bowl, donated by local students or professional potters, in which to eat their meal. Soups, stews, breads, desserts and beverages were graciously provided by local restaurants and cafes. After the meal, guests took their bowls home as a reminder that every night hundreds of families go hungry in the City of Philadelphia. It was an honor to begin each of the three packed “seatings” with a prayer thanking God for our abundance and for gathering us all in fellowship to raise funds for those in need.