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Supporting Our Seminary - Building Bridges

May 05, 2017

A message from Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins


Building Bridges - ClassroomLouisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is known as a school that builds bridges because we prepare our students to span the gulfs separating people and groups in the name of Jesus Christ. In addition to a curriculum steeped in biblical studies, theology and ethics, every student here is taught how to listen generously to others and to speak with a consciousness of how their words may be heard.

Bridges are among the most beautiful creations of humanity, whether made from steel or cast in human flesh and spirits. But bridges cost a lot to build, and not everyone wants to pay for them.

Building Bridges - CommunityOne of the greatest surprises I have faced as president of Louisville Seminary has been this: it is easier in today's world to raise money to build walls than to build bridges. We see it everywhere. It is hard to turn on the television or radio or computer without hearing insults hurled by one group at another. And so much money today chases after the fear and hatred - wealth only too ready to fuel the forces contributing to an increasingly splintered society.

Why do walls attract so much funding, while bridges attract relatively little support?

Maybe some folks assume that the bridge builders already have lots of institutional support and don't need their financial help. After all, their cause is so good. Most people don't know, however, that a school like our seminary receives less than 1% of its annual budget from our own denomination.

Building Bridges - CommunionMaybe some folks just don't realize how crucial their personal investment is for the success of bridge builders in our society. Perhaps they are unaware that 95% of the funding that makes it possible to educate our future church leaders, ministers, counselors and social workers is provided by individuals who share the vision of building bridges in a broken world.

As our fiscal year draws to a close, I hope you will prayerfully consider making a financial contribution to support the outstanding theological education that Louisville Seminary provides to our world's future bridge-builders.

Ways to Give

Louisville Seminary is able to provide an excellent theological education for our students thanks in large part to your support. As we wrap up the current fiscal year (ending May 31, 2017), we ask that you prayerfully consider making a financial contribution to Louisville Seminary's Annual Fund.

Make a gift to Louisville Seminary using your Visa, Discover, American Express or MasterCard with our easy, secure and mobile responsive online donation form, or call the Office for Institutional Advancement at (800) 264-1839, x353.

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You can also make a gift by sending a personal check or money order payable to "Louisville Seminary" to:

Louisville Seminary
Office of Institutional Advancement
1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205

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