Dedication to Dean and Rosemarie Buntrock

Aug 8th, 2019 | Category: Columns
By Shirley Morgenthaler

I strongly believe that the inherent value of a parochial education is that it provides both the academic rigor and the moral compass necessary to meet the many challenges of modern life. Not only are academic excellence coupled with strong Christian values the best of both worlds, but they are also critical components for successfully living in today’s world.

Dean Buntrock 

Editor’s note: With this issue we are using the Lutheran Education Journal in a unique way.
We are showcasing the collaborative work of Concordia University Chicago’s Center for Literacy and the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation within the schools of urban Chicago. This work has been generously funded by Dean and Rosemarie Buntrock. The articles included in this issue describe pieces of the project as that project has developed and grown.

The innovative collaboration between CUC and CLEF may be groundbreaking in terms of urban parochial schools, and especially within the Lutheran schools across the country. To do work such as this requires a vision that is clearly articulated, funding from a generous donor, a group of persons with the educational expertise necessary to address the vision, a group of schools willing to work together to implement the vision, much persistence, and the blessing of our God.

Since the founding of the LCMS in 1847, Christian education has been an integral part of the DNA of the church. At the same time, things have changed. The backgrounds of the children in the classroom are different. The communities in which most of our congregations are sited are different. The congregations themselves are different. What is not different is the message of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let the children come to me….. Feed my lambs.

This message is our inspiration and our mantra for the work that we do. Lutheran schools are a commitment of the congregations who fund and support them. Lutheran teaching is a vocation and a calling from that same Lord who has redeemed us and given us the command to teach children.

When the message and the vision and the funding and the persistence of vocation come together as they have for CUC and CLEF, beautiful things happen. This issue of the Lutheran Education Journal is dedicated to the women and men who have come together to make this vision a beautiful reality.