From Where I Sit…The Editor’s Chair

Aug 8th, 2017 | Category: Columns, Here I sit
By Shirley Morgenthaler

This editor’s chair is a new place for me to sit. The experience is daunting and exhilarating at the same time. I am following the likes of Merle Radke and Wayne Lucht, both professors of mine in my undergraduate program here at CUC, then CTC. Those are big shoes and seats to fill. Another metaphor, however, comes to mind. “For such a time as this” was the message of Mordecai to Esther so many centuries ago.1 Maybe my editorship is also determined for such a time as this.

We are solidly in a new century. It’s time to look ahead. We have eight more decades in the 21st century. How will we use them? How will our respective ministries use them? Once, in the middle of a century we can only imagine, in the middle of a national civil war, Dr. J.C.W. Lindemann not only opened the Addison Teachers Seminary in a small town west of Chicago, but he also penned the first issue of what was to become the Lutheran Education Journal. Anyone hoping to fill his shoes or sit in his seat is probably a dreamer.

Yet dreamers can change the world. A long time ago the writer of the Proverbs said, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”2 Visionaries are necessary. They give us dreams to dream and goals for which to reach. This issue of LEJ is full of goals and even dreams. Do you want to think about new ideas for Lutheran teacher education? Do you want to dream about new strategies and new ideas for teaching practices in our Lutheran schools? Do you want to envision new academic directions for our Lutheran universities? Do you want to make the changes we need as we walk toward 2025? Do you want to strategize toward the qualities children will need as they continue in our Lutheran schools and become the adults of 2025? Do you need new words for thought?

All of these questions are answered in this issue of Lutheran Education Journal, at least to a beginning extent. It is your challenge as the reader to take these questions and their answers to the next step, to dream their dreams, to envision their goals. Without a vision, the people perish. Those words were true in the days of David and Solomon. They are equally true today. Now take these visions and make them a reality. LEJ

1 Esther 4:14

2 Proverbs 29:18


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