Together and Distinct: The Future of the Saskatoon Theological Union
The schools of the Saskatoon Theological Union are pleased to share the joyful news that we will be locating together in a single building on the University of Saskatchewan campus, beginning in the summer of 2020.
The College of Emmanuel & St. Chad (Anglican Church of Canada); Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada); and St. Andrew’s College (United Church of Canada) will occupy adjacent portions of the current St. Andrew’s College facility, on College Drive beside the hospital and medical complex.
At present, Emmanuel & St. Chad (ESC) and Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) are in a large building owned by LTS, at the northwest corner of the university campus, at a distance from their St. Andrew’s partners and from academic portions of the campus.
The move will enable ESC, LTS, and SAC to cooperate more closely. More shared classes are likely. We envision greater interaction among faculty, staff, and students, both formally and informally. Greater resource-sharing will be possible. Together, we will be stronger and more efficient.
The three library collections will be physically unified in the SAC library area, while remaining distinct in the records. Currently, we share a library director, but the ESC and SAC collections are in separate portions of the SAC library facility while the LTS collection is in the LTS building. Combining our libraries will increase access to the books, enabling students from all STU schools to find volumes on a single set of shelves. Service and efficiency will also improve, with the library director serving fewer locations and, therefore, more available to students.
No decision has yet been made about the future of the existing LTS buildings, which are owned by LTS and located on land leased from the University of Saskatchewan.
The college communities are excited by the prospect of sharing space, convinced that God’s mission is drawing us into fresh partnership, and ready to discern how this new opportunity will enable us to respond to God’s call.
Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon
Board of Governors
November 17, 2019
The Board of Governors of Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon met November 15-17, 2019, with a full agenda. We are pleased to report the following items:
Our financial situation has improved significantly. We give thanks to the kind donors across Canada who continue to support us generously. We also express appreciation to administration and development staff who have worked diligently on the seminary’s behalf.
LTS will be moving in the summer of 2020. The board met to consider two possible destinations: the originally-planned Lutheran Campus Centre just south of the University of Saskatchewan campus, and the newly-available space at St. Andrew’s College (SAC) on the southwest corner of campus. The board chose the SAC option, because of its proximity to our Saskatoon Theological Union partners and our library (which will be in a shared library collection in the same building), and because SAC offers a much larger space. We will now seek to finalize a rental agreement for space in the SAC building. We are excited about the possibilities in our new location!
Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Saskatchewan
We thank Lutheran Campus Ministry at the U of S for their support as we pursued the possibility of a move into the Lutheran Campus Centre. The Campus Ministry chaplain, the Rev. George Hind, and board members (including chair, the Rev. Mark Hedlin) have been both welcoming and helpful throughout the process.
Reconciling in Christ
In November 2018, the board adopted a statement affirming our commitment to diversity. The statement is as follows: “LTS is an inclusive community and offers hospitality to all who participate in our programs of study. As disciples of Christ committed to public leadership among God's people in diverse and challenging cultural contexts, we eagerly learn from and welcome one another's diversity, including, but not limited to, theological perspective, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, relationship status, age, physical ability, social and economic status and sexual orientation.”
Consistent with this statement and our intention to welcome all who seek to study at LTS and participate in the life of the seminary, the board has declared its commitment to becoming a Reconciling in Christ school. This designation means that we are a supportive place for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We will continue to seek ways to foster diversity and ensure warmth of welcome at LTS.
New Board Executive
The board has an executive that carries forward our work between our twice-yearly meetings. We elected a new executive at this meeting: Laureen Wray (Chair, ABT lay), the Rev. Jim Whaley (Vice-Chair, BC rostered), the Rev. Stewart Miller (Treasurer, SK rostered), Bev Wahl (Secretary, MNO lay), and the Rev. Dr. Sid Haugen (non-voting Episcopal Representative, SK Bishop).
The board discussed the future of the Lay Academy. We are pleased to note that the Leading in Faith Today (LIFT) curriculum will be appearing in the coming months and will serve both general lay interests and lay leadership preparation. Other activities will cease after Spring 2020, because of limited financial resources.
We ask your continued prayers for LTS. Preparing leaders is critical in this time of transition in the life of the seminary, the church and the world. Please ask God’s blessing on teachers, administrators, and staff, as we move forward into the future that God holds for us all.
Ms. Laureen Wray The Rev. Dr. William Harrison
Chair, Board of Governors President
June 6, 2019
June 6, 2019
LTS: A New Path Forward
I am pleased to announce that Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon (LTS) has chosen a new home. We will share the Lutheran Campus Centre at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) in Saskatoon with Lutheran Campus Ministry. This building is located at 1302 College Ave., close to the heart of the University and across the street from two of our friends: St. Andrew’s College (SAC) and St. Thomas More College. We anticipate relocating in the summer of 2020, taking up the challenge of contemporary theological education and formation in a new place that sustains and renews our familiar relationships while facilitating new ones.
We set out to be FAR-sighted, seeking Financial, Academic, and Recruiting benefits, and we believe that we have accomplished these goals while sustaining our innovative flexible-delivery curriculum. Our costs in the Campus Centre facility will be more sustainable. We will be more closely linked to Theology and Religious Studies schools on campus, and will have increased visibility in the university community. We will also be more engaged with the Lutheran community and others who meet through Lutheran Campus Ministry.
I thank God and all of you for the support that we have received through our discernment process over the last 18 months and for the friendships made and deepened. Your engagement, your prayers, and your financial generosity enable us to move forward in response to God’s call to Be Challenged.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Dr. William Harrison