In today’s News:
Lutheran hurricane relief continues
Hurricane Delta followed nearly the same path through several coastal areas and states that Hurricane Laura did six weeks ago. In fact, they hit the shore 12 miles apart. The flooding, wind damage and power outages have again affected the same homes and businesses that have already experienced devastation. Kathy O’Day, Lutheran Church Charities director of disaster response, has been in close contact with Pastor Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator this week. He stated that The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) had opened three volunteer camps after Hurricane Laura in the Southern and Florida-Georgia Districts. Each of these camps had to shut down and teams had to evacuate with their equipment before Hurricane Delta came ashore. They are returning this week to reassess damages and continue assisting affected residents. Pastor Brashier has extended an invitation To Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response to the camp set up at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Frairhope, Ala., to offer chainsaw and heavy equipment assistance to those impacted on the gulf shores as soon as they can be available.
Concordia University Chicago top rated
Concordia University Chicago (CUC), River Forest, Ill., was recently named in Money Magazine’s “best colleges for your money” list. CUC was also named in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings as a “best regional university — Midwest “and listed for best value, best ethnic diversity, most economic diversity and as a top performer on social mobility among regional universities in the Midwest. In addition, CUC was nationally recognized by Lendedu for having one of the lowest student loan debt figures in the country for the class of 2019.
Students for Life called ‘hate group’
A chapter of Students for Life was nearly prevented from forming, after the student government at the University of Northern Iowa branded them a “hate group,” according to a video of the Zoom meeting obtained by Young America’s Foundation (YAF). YAF reported that the student government had a virtual meeting to debate whether the Students for Life group should be given official recognition on campus. Ultimately, it refused to recognize the chapter, solely due to the group’s pro-life beliefs. “This is a hate group! This is hate speech,” Student Sen. Max Tensen said. “Approving this bill is the same thing as approving a white supremacist group,” another student added. But Students for Life still has hope, according to a statement the University of Iowa supplied to YAF, rebuking its student government. The university officially encouraged the chapter to appeal the student government’s decision, noting that the pro-life group had the full support of university administration.