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Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« Reply #465 on: March 26, 2022, 04:51:00 PM »
Hello all,

I've removed the post responding to Scott Geminn on March 25, and want to apologize for any misleading statements made in that post.

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Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« Reply #466 on: April 11, 2022, 05:54:49 PM »
This was delivered to me via email yesterday.  I'm not in possession of the letter which Professor Schulz refers to in his email: 

APR 10, 2022 —
No Repentance at Concordia this Easter
Rev Gregory P Schulz, DMin, PhD, Professor of Philosophy in Exile

In my previous posting, I said this about the worship of Wokeness in our country:
When Jesus tells us, "Give unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and give unto God that which is God's" (Matthew 22:21), He certainly does not mean that we should give our children to the government.
     This is crucial to remember during Lent in this Year of our Lord 2022: The church regards Lent as a time for worshipping Christ by repenting; by contrast, the government regards Lent 2022 as a time for defying Christ by not repenting of its worship of Wokeness.
Concordia University Wisconsin continues to mimic the government by not repenting of its worship of Wokeness.
     My wife and I just received a computer-generated personal letter from the President of my university’s Concordia University Foundation  asserting, “the truth of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection permeates our life on campus and in our classrooms… this message is shared with our students so that they are equipped to ‘Live Uncommon.’” The letter is dated April 1, 2022 and assures us  “as an alumnus/a of Concordia, one of our many friends and supporters” that CUW is “an overtly, unapologetic, Christian university that is part of the LCMS.”
     Since the author of this letter is one of the five or so pastors in the administration or staff of the university who report directly to the university’s president, and since his preferred pronoun for pastors at the university is “employee” (see the online “Townhalls” with CUW’s interim president in which this author refers to a certain suspended pastor-professor as “an employee”), I shall refer to him as “this employee.”
     This employee is not speaking the truth. As even a thoughtful, fair-minded pagan would know, “To say that what is not the case is the case, or that what is the case is not the case, is to speak a lie” (Aristotle, Metaphysics, Book 4). What this employee asserts is demonstrably untrue. Any thoughtful, fair-minded “alumnus/a, supporter or friend of the university” can tell, even after LCMS President Harrison’s official visit to campus for the purpose of investigating what is being taught on campus and in our classrooms – neither the university’s administration (which includes this employee) nor its board of regents has indicated any repentance whatsoever over its Wokeism. By their fruit you shall know them.
     What does “life on campus and in our classrooms” actually look like at Concordia as we head toward Easter 2022? Briefly put, the university is clearly not interested even in discussing repentance (for which, see the first of Luther’s 95 Theses). Instead, the leadership and some professors at CUW are determined to continue their adulterous affair with Woke / Social Justice / Cultural Marxist, academically and programmatically.
     Here is what this employee is not telling us in his April Fool’s Day letter:
1.     When Dr Beverly Yahnke, an LCMS psychologist and Executive Director of DOXOLGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel, presented a professional and biblical view of human sexuality on our Lutheran campus recently, a number of faculty and students publicly objected to the application of Christ’s authority to the issues of transgenderism, etc. You may wish to contact members of the university’s Psychology Department, for example, to learn for yourself what they teach regarding sexuality and marriage in their classrooms and on campus more widely. Or check with our Theology Department for the reasons why they officially requested Harrison’s visit to campus.
2.     The Black Student Union, the only administratively supported ethnic union on campus, continues its program. This despite having been identified as openly promoting the Liberation Theology of Ibrahim Kendi. See Joy Pullmann’s article at The Federalist online, as well as Kendi’s rejection of “Savior Theology” and his social justice crusade for Black Liberation Theology on YouTube. No repentance.
3.     The Board of Regents has surreptitiously muted its online mentions of its desires for a Woke university president who “believes in and is committed to” “diversity in all its myriad forms” and “inclusion and equity,” but there has been no repudiation of their goal or of the means by which they are going to do what they (not the LCMS) want to do to the university. No repentance.
4.     The university remains committed to it anti-biblical and Marxist “Bias Reporting System.” Whereas our LCMS Bylaws require Concordia university presidents to be the spiritual leader of the campus who is himself responsible for supervising the teaching of professors in their classrooms and beyond, for the past several years and with today’s interim president as well, this has not been the case. Instead, in recent years, the CUW president has neglected this responsibility in favor of this biased system, from which academic supervisors can pick at will anonymous and subjective claims of “hurt feelings” with which to assess professors they feel need assessing. No repentance.
     Two months ago, in “Woke Dysphoria at Concordia,” I wrote,
[Institutional and individual repentance at CUW] will further suggest a detailed report from, and perhaps a forensic audit of the university’s Initiatives and the funding practices of Concordia University Wisconsin Foundation Board as listed on our cuw.edu website. Whence the funding for the Woke agenda at our university? Apart from the headline mentions of our Lord’s name, exactly how does DIE-ing fulfil the university’s churchly and Lutheran educational mission?
     You may wish to contact this employee at roy.peterson@cuw.edu in regard to the trustworthiness of his April 1 letter asking for financial support on the basis of the university’s “truly ‘Uncommon’ message” of non-repentance this Easter in light of Christ’s resurrection. You may also want to ask this employee, since he is the President of the Concordia University Foundation, about funding practices supporting Wokeism in regard to items (2-4) above.


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Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« Reply #467 on: April 11, 2022, 06:28:54 PM »
The gist of the letter seems to be the conservative flip side of modern progressivism, which, having reached a critical mass of power, went in the last ten or fifteen yeas from “whoever is not against us is for us,” to “whoever is not for us is against us.” 

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« Reply #468 on: April 11, 2022, 07:28:09 PM »
That CUMAA is "woke" simply is not plausible. It could happen, I guess, about the same time Senator Bernie Sanders begins a campaign to repeal Obamacare.     :o8);D

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« Reply #469 on: April 11, 2022, 08:27:17 PM »
That CUMAA is "woke" simply is not plausible. It could happen, I guess, about the same time Senator Bernie Sanders begins a campaign to repeal Obamacare.     :o8);D

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That’s the source of misunderstanding. Prof. Schulz would point to the fact that they have a black student union as proof positive of his thesis. You and others look at it and see nothing of note.

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« Reply #470 on: April 11, 2022, 08:39:36 PM »
Have faculty members published articles or research in support of critical race theory, Black Lives Matter, communist or socialist causes? If so, it might be helpful to Dr. Schulz's concerns if such a bibliography was released.

I see he does reference a Joy Pullmann article, which describes activities of a student union:

https://thefederalist.com/2022/03/07/christian-university-bans-professor-from-campus-for-critiquing-its-dive-into-equity-and-inclusion/

Perhaps there are specific professors working with these students? Have they published on these topics? I suppose this is being looked into.
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« Reply #471 on: April 11, 2022, 08:57:31 PM »
Obviously an outsider, but my sense is that the professor isn't quite playing with a full deck.
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Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« Reply #472 on: April 11, 2022, 09:39:17 PM »
Today, I received the fund-raising letter from Dr. Roy Peterson
who is the President of the Concordia University Foundation.

This is the same letter referred to by Dr. Schulz in his latest
response to his exile. The letter from Peterson was sent to
those who have financially supported CUW in the past.  This
fund raiser letter was in connection with an appeal to donate
a gift for this Easter.  It was a typical appeal for funds and no
mention was made of Dr. Schulz.  It was straight forward appeal
to support Concordia University Wisconsin.

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« Reply #473 on: April 11, 2022, 10:10:06 PM »
I haven't gotten that letter yet from Dr. Peterson, Dave.

Professor Schulz calls for the second time for a forensic audit of CUWAA's and its Foundation's funding initiatives and practices.  Given amazing success of the institution for the past several decades and its place atop the Synod's university system, that's an extraordinary request. 

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« Reply #474 on: April 11, 2022, 10:22:20 PM »
I haven't gotten that letter yet from Dr. Peterson, Dave.

Professor Schulz calls for the second time for a forensic audit of CUWAA's and its Foundation's funding initiatives and practices.  Given amazing success of the institution for the past several decades and its place atop the Synod's university system, that's an extraordinary request. 

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Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« Reply #475 on: April 11, 2022, 10:42:42 PM »
I haven't gotten that letter yet from Dr. Peterson, Dave.

Professor Schulz calls for the second time for a forensic audit of CUWAA's and its Foundation's funding initiatives and practices.  Given amazing success of the institution for the past several decades and its place atop the Synod's university system, that's an extraordinary request. 

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Perhaps their finances would bear examination. They have done so well, perhaps our other educational institutions could learn from 5hem.

True enough.  Working as a social ministry organization leader and board member, though, with lots of government contracts, I have experienced the "forensic" part of an audit as extremely time-intensive and costly to the organization.  "We note an extra large fries was ordered with the Big Mac meal that is not ascribed to an employee under FASBE standards."  Was it I?

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« Reply #476 on: April 11, 2022, 11:06:57 PM »
That CUMAA is "woke" simply is not plausible. It could happen, I guess, about the same time Senator Bernie Sanders begins a campaign to repeal Obamacare.     :o8);D

Peace, JOHN
That’s the source of misunderstanding. Prof. Schulz would point to the fact that they have a black student union as proof positive of his thesis. You and others look at it and see nothing of note.
The Black Student Union is sponsored directly by the University. All the other clubs on campus, including the Korean Club, are sponsored indirectly by the University via the Student Government Association. I can't find any information on the CUW website concerning rooms or offices even for the SGA itself. All (including the BSU) seem to maintain contact digitally and to reserve space as needed for meetings and events. https://www.cuw.edu/life/involvement-and-activities/clubs-and-organizations/index.html

At other (often larger) universities, the SGA will often have its own designated office space.

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« Reply #477 on: April 12, 2022, 09:14:39 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q8NZOfhLl8

Gets interesting about 4 minutes in. They're having a convocation at Concordia Chicago this morning about this incident. Apparently the professor was banned from campus and refused to honor the ban and so was arrested with much fanfare upon his return. Very theatrical. Everything is systemically racist, apparently, including all things CUC.

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« Reply #478 on: April 12, 2022, 09:24:56 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q8NZOfhLl8

Gets interesting about 4 minutes in. They're having a convocation at Concordia Chicago this morning about this incident. Apparently the professor was banned from campus and refused to honor the ban and so was arrested with much fanfare upon his return. Very theatrical. Everything is systemically racist, apparently, including all things CUC.

Where might one learn the background to this situation at CUC?

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« Reply #479 on: April 12, 2022, 09:27:01 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q8NZOfhLl8

Gets interesting about 4 minutes in. They're having a convocation at Concordia Chicago this morning about this incident. Apparently the professor was banned from campus and refused to honor the ban and so was arrested with much fanfare upon his return. Very theatrical. Everything is systemically racist, apparently, including all things CUC.

Where might one learn the background to this situation at CUC?
I just learned it this morning at our staff devotions from a teacher with kids at CUC. Apparently he is an English prof or some such.