The ELCA is grateful for the role public universities and colleges play in preparing people to serve competently in their callings and responsibilities. In the ELCA Social Statement, “Our Calling in Education,” college and university education are mentioned as the principal - almost exclusive - way for people to gain access to higher earnings and occupational or professional status (p. 48). Access to higher education is moreover vital to the common good, which we are to serve and promote as part of our vocation (p. 46).
Eternal God bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively places for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ Our Savior and Lord. Amen.—Evangelical Lutheran Worship, pg. 78
We fast on this day in solidarity with all who struggle to gain the education and skills needed to live and thrive in the abundance of our world, particularly those with low incomes, people discriminated against in higher education based on race, ethnicity or gender, and working-class individuals.
We act together
today by contacting our lawmakers to support strong funding for our current
education programs and oppose efforts like the PROSPER Act that threaten the
affordability of higher education for students.
(Read more about programs that are critical in higher education reform).
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