Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Seminary and adopted this statement of inclusion in May 2017.
We, the academic community of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, confess that we are given to each other by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are called to be an ever more welcoming community as we are ever more conformed to the image of the Triune God, a diversity in unity.
The Gospel compels us to go beyond civility or tolerance to love our neighbors as ourselves. We seek to be a safe and gracious community, which confesses that all persons are created in the image of God.
We recognize that people experience a diversity of sexualities and gender identities, and we welcome all persons into full participation in the life of our community. As an academic community, we expect and invite continued dialogue which, in mutual love, welcomes disparate voices while rejecting any disparagement of others.
We wish by this statement to assert our commitment to learn and practice a radical hospitality toward all persons and their families, sharing each other's joys and burdens, successes and failures, hopes and heartbreaks, in recognition that our shared faith is embraced by God's promise in which all are being reconciled to God and each other in Christ by the Holy Spirit.