ULC Demolition is Under Way

July 29th, 2012 Post by

Found on Robin Muench’s facebook posting:


When my husband and I first started attending ULC, we entered always through the back door. The memories that come to mind for us now, as we watch the demolition in progress, are memories of walking up those steps and into a warm place of Lutheran fellowship, a place where we were so struck by the earnestness of young University students coming to be nourished with God’s Word and holy sacraments. We both found in that congregation a sense of fellowship that we had never experienced, a fellowship rooted in sound, confessional theology, liturgical integrity and catechetical clarity. There we found a place where people were happy to be identified as Lutherans. We watch now with profound sadness as the building is being demolished, as the “building and land [have been] returned to profane use*…,” no longer set apart for worship.

May our Lord bless all you our friends at ULC. We are so grateful for the six years our family was able to feast with you on that which truly satisfies. In your sadness may you not be disheartened, knowing that even now God continues to provide a place for you to gather to worship Him in Spirit and in truth, and that in due time, He will, we trust, provide a new “permanent” home for the congregation.

*from “The Rite of Disposition of a Church Building”

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  1. July 29th, 2012 at 09:40 | #1

    1 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
    2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
    3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
    4 These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.
    5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation
    6 and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
    7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.
    8 By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
    9 I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
    10 As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
    11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

  2. Carl Vehse
    July 29th, 2012 at 11:17 | #2

    The sign in the photoi should read “The Lane Seitz Memorial Destruction of a Church”.

  3. Noreen
    July 29th, 2012 at 14:04 | #3

    And here are the fruits of the foolishness of a District…….

  4. soldier of christ
    July 29th, 2012 at 15:40 | #4

    Your mission offerings at work in the LCMS. This is how elected leaders do the work of the Lord now. It’s time to wise up and to stop feeding the hand that chokes you. These pictures should be publicized far and wide.

  5. July 29th, 2012 at 17:25 | #5

    Psalm 137

    1 By the waters of Babylon,
    there we sat down and wept,
    when we remembered Zion.
    2 On the willows there
    we hung up our lyres.
    3 For there our captors
    required of us songs,
    and our tormentors, mirth, saying,
    “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

    4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song
    in a foreign land?
    5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
    let my right hand forget its skill!
    6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
    if I do not remember you,
    if I do not set Jerusalem
    above my highest joy!

    7 Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites
    the day of Jerusalem,
    how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,
    down to its foundations!”
    8 O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed,
    blessed shall he be who repays you
    with what you have done to us!
    9 Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones
    and dashes them against the rock!

  6. Ryan
    July 29th, 2012 at 17:43 | #6

    Were they allowed to remove the stained glass?

  7. Pastor Charles McClean
    July 29th, 2012 at 19:55 | #7

    This is unspeakably sad: the wanton destruction of a beautiful church where the Gospel and Sacraments were administered according to Christ’s institution, in conformity with the Augsburg Confession. I cannot help but ask: How does this differ from any other kind of sheer vandalism? There is something desperately wrong when people cannot rejoice in the beauty of holiness and the holiness of beauty.

  8. Terry Yarish
    July 29th, 2012 at 19:57 | #8

    This brings a tear to my eye. I cannot bear to watch. This is a crime and a grave sin. For shame, for shame.

  9. Michael
    July 29th, 2012 at 21:58 | #9

    What is a shame is that people that defend this and claim the fact it was a confessional church had nothing to do with it.

  10. mbw
    July 29th, 2012 at 23:25 | #10

    The profaners are having their way. I am very sorry. The Lord will make all things new.

  11. Steve Demlow
    July 29th, 2012 at 23:36 | #11

    @Ryan #6
    The current work is to remediate hazardous materials such as asbestos. The developer has promised to let us remove the stained glass and a few other items once this process is completed. We look forward to someday reconsecrating these items to serve God’s people in whatever new home He has in store for us.

  12. Matthew Mills
    August 1st, 2012 at 10:58 | #12

    @Steve Demlow #11
    Perhaps not much in the grand scheme of things, but thanks for that glimmer of hope.

    Matt Mills, ULC ’85

  13. John Rixe
    August 4th, 2012 at 15:33 | #13

    From the Save ULC Facebook page, it looks like the stained glass windows and altar are being carefully dismantled and preserved.

  14. sig arnesen
    August 4th, 2012 at 21:04 | #14

    So, why the demise of ULC? This is not addressed, as far as I can see. Lots of churches have bit the dust for many and various reasons: perhaps, most often, Location, Location and Location. That is to say, things changed and the congregation never really addressed those changes, and took on a new , and perhaps dangerous, role. Many churches do little and expect that somehow God is going to come along and fix everything up.
    If this is the case, better they “hit the dust.”,IMO.

  15. Joshua Neace
    August 4th, 2012 at 22:21 | #15

    @sig arnesen #14
    ULC is thriving about a block away from the the University of Minnesota campus, but the building is owned by the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. ULC’s temporary demise comes from the Minnesota South District’s decision to sell the building from under them.

  16. August 5th, 2012 at 05:18 | #16

    @sig arnesen #14
    “If this is the case, better they “hit the dust.”,IMO.”

    You apparently have no idea how utterly cruel your words are.

    @Joshua Neace #15
    “but the building is owned by the Minnesota South District”

    I would add that it is “technically, legally” owned by the district. Morally, when you consider who paid for the sacred space and why, who really owned it is not so cut and dried.

  17. Joshua Neace
    August 5th, 2012 at 09:44 | #17

    @Pastor Ted Crandall #16
    Legally matters when the building is sold. I know it isn’t right, but nothing can be done short of the removal of the DP and his hencemen.

  18. Noreen
    August 5th, 2012 at 10:00 | #18

    @Joshua Neace #15
    The deal is done, the sale is closed, and the building belongs to Doran. I have heard that on Monday it will be smashed to the ground.

  19. Terry Yarish
    August 5th, 2012 at 10:46 | #19

    I am still reeling from the implications of this whole deal. HOW could this happen in the first place? Apparently MSD still supports ULC because there is a link on their webpage. Or do they? How can they support ULC when they tried to squelch them? Is there a plan by the MSD to replace ULC with an new U of M storefront modern outreach center? I fail to understand just what they are up to. Has their been repentance? Does MSD plan to continue to pour water on ULC to put out the flame?

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