What's in a middle name?
What are the values of a Lutheran higher education? What does it mean to attend a Lutheran college or university? Martin Luther, reformer of the Catholic Church in the 1500s, educator, and pastor, had a deep commitment to education at all levels. Luther’s commitment provides a foundation for our education at PLU with the following values:
- God created and said, “It is good.”
- Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.
- My ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts.
- God has given gifts to all to build up the community.
- You did not choose me, I chose you!
- Rejoice always! Again, I say rejoice!
More about the ELCA
PLU is a university associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Some facts about the ELCA:
- ELCA formed in 1988
- Baptized Members: 3,765,362 ¹
- Congregations: 9,261 ¹
- Clergy: 16,435 (of which abt. 25% are female)²
- Synods: 65 (within 9 regions)
- Seminaries: 8
- Colleges and Universities: 26
- Lutheran colleges and universities with their own congregation: only 2! They are PLU and St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota).
¹ As of December 31, 2014
² As of September 15, 2015