Today the honors class went to a convocation entitled CSP Mission in Action. This convocation talked about the process that is currently going on at Concordia to create a promise statement for the University. Concordia has a mission statement, but the university thinks it is important to have a promise statement as well, because a mission statement tells a person what Concordia does, but a promise statement tells a person what Concordia will do for them. The promise statement will also tell what is unique about Concordia. The University has involved students in this entire process, and this convocation was one of the steps. Soon-to-be-president Ries talked, as well as some panelists. They talked about the process and their hopes and expectations for the new promise statement.
This promise statement will really help clarify what it means to be human and Christian at this university, while also promoting interconnectedness by clarifying what can be expected to be given by Concordia. The statement made by Concordia University should be similar to other colleges in one aspect, we are all human, but it should have a distinct Christian difference as well. If it does not, then Concordia is failing at its mission statement. In this world, a promise statement is important. Clarifying what can be expected helps us have better relationships as humans.
This convocation was a good idea to ensure that students are informed of what is happening within the university right now. I found it very helpful to hear why a promise statement is important. However, too much time was spent on introductions that could have been used to talk about the relevant issues. It would have been very beneficial to have time for questions at the end, but there was no time left over. I was challenged to think more about myself from this event. I need to consider what makes me unique and what I can be expected to offer to others. Laying these things out, even if only in my head, could be extremely beneficial to me.