• Open Minds and Hearts - Diversity in Lutheran Education

  • Regardless of the setting in which you teach, diversity is an issue you may have encountered or will encounter. Our classrooms, congregations, and communities, both within and outside the Lutheran church, are changing in many ways. We have increasing numbers of students and families who come from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

    As the populations of some ethnic minorities have increased at greater rates than the majority population (Marshall, 2002), dramatic demographic shifts have occurred in the communities where many of our congregations are located. For some congregations, these demographic shifts have resulted in dwindling church membership. For others, these shifts have led to multi-ethnic congregations.

    For some school-affiliated congregations, the demographic shifts have resulted in school populations that may not reflect church membership (e.g., race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status). Given these factors, and in light of our call as Christians to minister to all our brothers and sisters, Lutheran education must actively participate in the diversity discussion. After all, God has provided us with a richness of diversity so that we may learn from each other and experience His greatness. By working together with people who are different from us, we enrich our own lives and the lives of others.

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