Update on ULC

Thanks to a loyal BJS reader for this updated information regarding the potential sale of the ULC campus property.

This FAQ document on what the issues are was posted on June 18th on the MNS district website.

A few days ago, ULC posted a commentary to the FAQ here.

It’s quite interesting reading .. a few quotes from it:

In response to the statement in 2009 that the campus property should not be sold:

The factors that lead to this conclusion in 2009 have not changed. If anything, the real estate market has continued to decline in the Twin Cities, making this a worse time to sell property than it was in 2009.


Regarding the statement that the (then) Minnesota District purchased the land and built the building in 1947/1949:

The entire purchase price for the land was paid for by designated offerings collected as part of the WWII Peace Offering.

The majority of funds used for the construction of the chapel & student center, and for the parsonage were from designated gifts and a designated synodical Centenniel Offering. We are still researching the exact amount of funding that came from the MN District’s regular funds, but at this point it appears to have been only $100,000 (an internal loan taken from the CSP Memorial Center fund drive).


Regarding the projected maintenance costs coming up in the near future:

We recognize that major capital improvements need to be done. For this reason a capital improvements fund was set up at the MNS District in 2001 according to a then-newly-negotiated 2001 Mission Understandings and Agreements document. This was to be funded by ULC’s rent payments. When, a few years later, ULC asked how much was in the fund, we were informed that the District had simply stopped setting this money aside because the auditors didn’t like the fund. Not only is this another instance of breaking agreements, but also an issue of poor stewardship on the part of the District. As of March of 2011 there was still $31,565 in this fund.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.


Update on ULC — 5 Comments

  1. Thanks for the update.
    I would ask BJS to stay on the “MNS Campus Ministry Taskforce” folks like a pitbull on a kitten (in good Christian love of course.)

  2. Thanks for sharing this update.  I have confidence that the good Lutherans of the two Minnesota districts will act fairly and sensibly.  They already paid for the property as a gift to the students – not a gift to the district.  They shouldn’t have to pay for it again.

  3. At their next District Convention Lutherans can stop this persecution of God’s Word and those of his household who adhere to it.

    And they can start by praying the Lord’s Prayer against the detractors and false teachers who dare precipitate such persecution against the elect of Christ.

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