Concordia University Edmonton, a college of the Lutheran Church Canada (both of which were founded by the LCMS), has removed all references to Lutheranism and to Christianity from its governing documents. The institution’s board of directors took that action without consulting the Lutheran Church Canada.
The college had gradually been cutting its ties with the church. Instead of the church body electing the board members, the school moved to a self-selecting board. Apparently, the LCC does not own the campus, as the LCMS does its network of 10 institutions in the Concordia University System. Edmonton’s seminary is a separate entity from the college. But many of Concordia Edmonton’s faculty members are on the clergy roster and have calls to the college, which will apparently end now that the institution has rejected its Christian ties.
I am shocked at this. I spoke at Concordia Edmonton a couple of years ago, and I met some very solid faculty members. My understanding is that many of the faculty are against this decision, and that the president of the LCC, Robert Bugbee, is studying what action can be taken. Church colleges often slowly drift away, but I don’t know that I’ve seen this kind of decisive repudiation of Christian identity. (Canadian Lutheran readers, can you tell us more about this?)
UPDATE: Be sure to read Bror Erikson’s comment, below. He gives some more context, saying that part of the problem is that church, in effect, severed its ties with CUE, cutting off its funding and forcing it into the arms of the state.