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Concordia University – Portland

Concordia University – Portland was an integral part of the NOW District more than 100 years. Its closure in 2020 created a deep and profound hole that can never be filled. It was a loss felt throughout the entire LCMS church body.

We honored the legacy of the institution at the 2022 NOW District Convention in many ways – one of which was to show a very special tribute video (see above) featuring heartfelt memories from alumni and supporters. Each person in the video spoke of the impact Concordia had on their life and shared their unique memories of the campus. We join them in giving thanks for those opportunities.

A Resolution was also passed to honor and give thanks for the ministry of Concordia University – Portland with a directive for “the elected officers of the Northwest District be charged with keeping the legacy and ministry of Concordia University – Portland alive within the District and within the Synod.” One way we are keeping the legacy alive is through this page on our website that features videos, resources, stories, photos, and special memories honoring Concordia.

If you have anything you wish to contribute, please email elenas@nowlcms.org. We hope to feature as many examples of Concordia’s impact as possible.

Here’s Resolution 2-02 in its entirety:

TO HONOR AND GIVE THANKS FOR THE MINISTRY OF CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY – PORTLAND

WHEREAS, Concordia University – Portland served the mission of the Gospel in the Pacific Northwest for 115 years (1905-2020); and
WHEREAS, many ministries across the United States and the world have been impacted by graduates from Concordia University – Portland; and
WHEREAS, many people grew spiritually and came to and/or renewed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior through their experience at Concordia University – Portland; and
WHEREAS, the students benefitted greatly from the dedicated faculty and staff who served them at the university; and
WHEREAS, Concordia University – Portland became a place where many people were introduced to the Gospel for the first time; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Northwest District in convention give thanks to God for the ministry of Concordia University – Portland; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Northwest District in convention give thanks to God for the faculty and staff who gave of themselves to the ministry over the years; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the elected officers of the Northwest District be charged with keeping the legacy and ministry of Concordia University – Portland alive within the District and within the Synod; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the elected officers of the Northwest District seek ways to provide appropriate means of identifying and training “workers for the harvest” within our district who are from the district and who wish to serve the Lord of the Harvest both in the NW or throughout the world; and be it finally
RESOLVED, that the Synod in convention gratefully acknowledge the blessing that Concordia University—Portland was to our church body and to the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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