Tonight Dr. Stohlmann spoke to the Concordia community about what comes after Easter. During his presentation he spoke about the changes that Concordia has undergone and is undergoing and how some of them are helping the Concordia community, while others are hurting it. He also talked about the fact that Christians, especially Lutherans are a dying breed. And, how some aspects of Concordia are falling away from the original mission statement, "To prepare students for thoughtful and informed living, for dedicated service to God and humanity, and for the enlightened care of God's creation, all within the context of the Christian Gospel." Concordia needs to make God the center of the University again.
Dr. Stohlmann's presentation follows what Honors is trying to do. Bring God, and Christian living back into the community. We need to integrate faith, learning, and action. He also pointed out that there is a community right in our campus that needs witnessing too, which is another thing we have been talking about.
Hearing Dr. Stohlmann speak was a very good experience. Furthermore, it is great to see that some professors see a need for change within Concordia to bring God back to the center of it all. I know that throughout the year some students have been talking about how this campus is not always on top of the Christian aspect. Some of it comes from professors, students, and faculty. Other parts come from the lack of advertisement that this is a Christian campus. Throughout the years of knowing this University, I have heard that people had no clue that this was a Christian University until they saw the chapel. It is great to see that there are things being done to bring Concordia back to its roots.