Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Concordia Seminary is closely tracking the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The situation is changing rapidly and we encourage all students, staff and faculty to carefully read Seminary communications and be prepared to follow specific guidance as it arises. We also will provide updates here when new information or guidance becomes available.
 
Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Information

Campus Updates

Dear members of our Seminary community,

I’m writing to you about the reopening of the state of Missouri and the timeline for Concordia Seminary. As you likely know, Gov. Parson has announced that the first phase of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan will commence May 4. However, as Concordia Seminary falls under the jurisdiction of St. Louis County, where a shelter-in-place order remains in effect, we must await the county’s determination for a reopening date. At this time, it is our understanding that County Executive Page will revisit the shelter-in-place order May 15.

Meanwhile, planning for the Seminary’s reopening has begun. Our plan will take into account federal guidelines for a phased approach where the highest priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and the surrounding community.

You are to be commended for your commitment to helping to “flatten the curve.” We thank our most merciful Lord that the drastic measures implemented appear to have made a difference. We rejoice in that good news while we also lift up in prayer the sick and those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. We have heart and ceaseless prayers for those on the front lines. I implore you to remain vigilant in helping to prevent the spread of this disease and to follow these important guidelines provided by the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.

I will keep you informed as the planning team works out the way forward to the eventual reopening of the campus. Please know how much I am anticipating the day when we can all be together again not just virtually, but physically.

Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Dale A. Meyer, President
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Dear Seminary community,

Thanks so much for your support and cooperation as we have managed and responded to the COVID-19 outbreak. As you may have heard this afternoon, the St. Louis City and County orders have been extended until mid-May. These are extraordinary times that are challenging us on so many levels, and while the Seminary's Health and Wellness team has been focused mostly on our initial response, I wanted to shift for a moment to providing some tips as we adjust to our new normal. I am hoping that these resources will help you to relieve stress and stay healthy during the coming weeks.

Routine. Keep to your normal routine as much as possible: your wake-up time, your shower/hygiene time, your meals, your exercise, your bedtime. The more you keep to your pre-COVID-19 routine, the better for your mental health and, as a result, the better your physical health.

Work from home/school from home environment. Maintain a set space for work or school that is separate from home space. This makes it easier to separate work from off time, which often is an issue for those working from home for the first time. Ideally, your work/school space would be a space with minimal distractions and where you can be productive. If at all possible, keep set work hours. When it is time to end your work day, unplug and do not go back to it for the night. It is even more important to keep a work/life balance during this time.

Ways to Maintain Your Overall Health

Taking time out of your work/school day or quarantine time to do some of the following things can serve to help you maintain your health and relieve stress. Actually scheduling some of them into your day via a phone or calendar reminder will ensure that you take time for a mental break from your work or routine.

Meditation/devotion/prayer. Whether you begin your morning or end your day with them, practice daily devotions. Keep a short devotional book on your desk for use during your work day, or use a phone app. Such short mental breaks to focus on God and concentrate on being present and mindful of how we are feeling can be awesome ways to renew our spirit.

Go outside! Go for a walk or run. Step outside to see the grass and flowers, the fountain on campus, or the sunrise or sunset. Eat a meal or have coffee outside. These all are ways to soothe your mind and provide some relief from stress or anxiety over the current world situation, and will allow you to lower stress and refocus.

Exercise. With the gyms on campus and in our community closed, we must be more creative with our exercise routines, but it is absolutely critical that you are moving every day for both your physical and mental health. This can include doing chores at home, yard work, walking, running, working out in your home gym, doing body weight exercises or yoga, using exercise apps on your phone, playing sports outside with your kids and so much more. Find an activity that works for you and get moving.

Read. Books and e-books provide a great way to escape from reality for a while. With so much down time right now, this is a great opportunity to pick up a book and read. This can be a family activity, too. Many libraries and online reading services are offering free access to e-books for at least 30 days during this time. However, reading as a stress reliever does not include reading information about the COVID-19 outbreak! Although it is important to stay informed, reading too much of that information, especially from sources that are not reputable, can cause more stress. Get away from the news and escape for a bit in fiction, nonfiction or the Bible.

Music. Music also provides a great escape from reality. Whether you play an instrument, watch videos online, listen to your local radio station, or have a music streaming service like Apple or Amazon, there are so many ways for music to positively influence your life right now. There are online concerts from famous artists, online groups that allow you to play an instrument or watch other local artists perform, or you could even have fun making a TikTok dance video with the fam!

Movies/Netflix/TV. Many families are using this at-home time to watch movies; a series on Netflix, Hulu or Apple; or to just watch TV together. This is a great way to relax both for individuals and as a family. However, like reading, watching too much COVID-19 news can add stress, so do that in small doses and balance it with feel-good shows and movies.

Write. Journaling has been recognized as a great way to deal with emotions around COVID-19. Many psychologists and writers are providing daily prompts for journaling online to help us write about our feelings related to different aspects of the COVID-19 health crisis. Since we cannot be around our friends right now, this is often a helpful way to acknowledge those feelings.

Healthy eating habits/recipes. It is important to maintain a healthy diet during this time at home. Here is an article from the American Society of Nutrition that provides great tips for healthy eating: https://nutrition.org/making-health-and-nutrition-a-priority-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic/. Use this time to spend quality time with your family in the kitchen.

Medical resources. Concordia Plan Services may cover 100% of "Doctor on Demand" visits at this time for those on its health plan, and other insurance providers also may be cover or reimburse for this service. "Doctor on Demand" is a way for you to speak with a doctor from your home. Reach out to me if you need assistance navigating this service.

Mental health resources. Concordia Plan Services and other insurance companies may be covering some or all of the expense for mental health sessions through telemedicine at this time. In addition, Cigna, our Employee Assistance Program provider, is doubling the number of free virtual counseling sessions available to covered students and employees. If you are struggling, please reach out to me and I will help you get connected to resources. In addition, the Seminary has a mental health grant from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod that provides $30 per such appointment. If you have recent counseling appointments for which you need to be reimbursed, please reach out to me and I will explain the process.

Free health and wellness phone apps. Many companies have made their phone apps free to help us maintain our health during this time. Nike Training Club has free premium workouts available for all fitness levels that require equipment you likely already have in your home. Check out others such as Headspace for free counseling; Meditopia for meditation exercises; and Yummly, Food Network and Epicurious for great recipe apps with cooking videos included. Take advantage of these great health and wellness ideas while you have this at-home time. Your body and mind will thank you.

I hope these tips provide you with resources that give you some good opportunities for staying healthy and stress-free at this challenging time. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions about COVID-19 or any other health and wellness needs. We are here to support you in any way that we can.

Yours in Christ,

Julie J. Gary, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Coordinator, Health and Wellness

Dear Members of the Concordia Seminary Community,

We have come through the "Triduum," Latin for three days, the three days that began Maundy Thursday evening and through Good Friday to Easter. Amid the global crisis impacting our lives, I pray our meditations upon the suffering and death of Jesus have fortified us for the challenges we continue to face. God continues to be present in our suffering, present through the cross of His Son, and the season now is Easter!

Many decisions are being made almost each day as we continue to confront the realities of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our activities as a seminary community. I thank God for the dedication, flexibility and diligence of everyone — students, faculty, staff — for doing what it takes so that we can continue our mission of preparing men and women for service in Christ's kingdom.

After prayerful consideration and based on expert advice that we seek daily, we have come to the following decisions as we look forward to the summer:

  1. All 2020 summer classes (except summer Greek and Hebrew) will be moved to an online format. This includes SMP, Advanced Studies intensives, M.Div./RAR, SMP-GPC and ELCE preparatory classes.
  2. Summer Greek and Hebrew classes have been rescheduled to begin July 6 rather than June 22, which means they will end Friday, August 21. At this time, we hope Greek and Hebrew will be conducted on campus in the classroom setting; however, it may yet become necessary to conduct some or all of the class sessions online. We hope to make a firm decision by May 18 about whether to move these classes online, too.
  3. Students coming for summer Greek and Hebrew probably will need to plan to be on campus by June 22 to allow for 14 days of self-quarantine for those who are coming from "hotspots." Dr. Julie Gary will advise. Please check our COVID-19 webpage and fill out travel forms.
  4. The Israel course scheduled for May 2020, EXE595—The Bible in its ANE Context, has been canceled.

In all of this, we are thankful for God's provision and for the people and resources He has given to us so that our mission continues. "We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28-29 ESV)  You and I do love God because He has called us to be His dear children, and it's a special grace that He calls us into His mission to this hurting, dying world. Jesus' resurrection empowers our mission, filling us with hope and confidence He's working all for good.

A special note to those graduating this spring: Please be assured that we will do the best we can to make your Commencement day as special as possible. We know it is sorely disappointing not to be able to be with your family, classmates and colleagues nor to be able to spend that special day together. We intend to do all that we can to honor you and your families for the sacrifices you have made and the hard work you have put into achieving this important milestone in your lives and future ministries. It's been decades since I received my last diploma. What do I think of when I look at it? More than anything, that diploma reminds me of all the work, all the sacrifices our family made, and thank God nothing can take away the education we were blessed to receive. Please watch for more information to come regarding the virtual Commencement observance and future opportunities to celebrate together.

Easter has come! Our present suffering will be behind us. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. ... In this you rejoice, though now for a little while ... you have been grieved by various trials." (1 Peter 1:3, 6 ESV)

May it be well with your soul!

Dr. Dale A. Meyer, President
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

To the members of our Seminary community,

As our taskforce continues to address needed innovations to Concordia Seminary operations in light of the global effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, we have made some decisions that will help all faculty, staff and students in planning for the remaining weeks of the spring semester.

  • All classes will remain online for the rest of the semester. This decision is being made now in light of the 30-day “stay-at-home” order issued by St. Louis County and the recognized uncertainty around whether that stay would be extended. As such, all faculty, staff and students can now plan for the certainty of online classes for the duration of the spring 2020 semester.
  • Commencement will be observed with a virtual ceremony. The decision to continue with online classes throughout the remainder of the semester drives the difficult decision to move to a virtual Commencement ceremony. The virtual ceremony will be held May 15; please watch for more details in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, please understand that the lack of an in-person Commencement ceremony does NOT mean students are not graduating. Information about how diplomas will be delivered will be forthcoming as soon as plans can be finalized.

You are to be commended for adapting so adroitly to the extraordinary changes implemented during these recent, unprecedented days. In making the determination to move to a virtual Call Day celebration and now a virtual Commencement ceremony, please know that these decisions have not been made lightly.

I am reminded of what a sainted district president said when his son, soon to graduate from our Seminary, expressed disappointment with his first call. President Schlecht said, “Be thankful you have a call.” The father knew how the Great Depression ravaged “business as usual.” In those trying times, many graduated from the Seminary but had to go back home since there were very few calls. We know your disappointment with a virtual Call Day and a virtual Commencement. The faculty, staff and administration is disappointed as well. These special days epitomize our mission, our work and our hopes for the future. Acknowledging our disappointment, there indeed will be calls and diplomas, and the Lord of the Church is truly, not virtually, raising you up for His future mission. You will truly be in His service.

We look forward with much anticipation to the day when we can all be together again not just virtually, but physically.

Most cordially, in Christ,

Dr. Dale A. Meyer, President
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Dear members of the Seminary community,

Imagine standing under a cascade of…government guidelines. That’s where we’re at. I’m thankful for our COVID-19 task force which is meeting every day. This task force represents the main divisions of the Seminary’s administration. Day by day we ask God’s grace to guide us through this unprecedented time.

Here are today’s important updates:

  • Travel Registry: It is vitally important that anyone – faculty, staff and students – who was traveling domestically or internationally as of March 4 or left St. Louis on or after that date complete our Travel Registry Form and then be in contact with Dr. Julie Gary in our Health and Wellness office. Please understand that this requirement is strictly a health precaution and will be kept confidential; there will be no penalty because of anyone’s travel. Travelers should contact Julie at 314-505-7332 or wellness@csl.edu.
  • Library Closure: The Kristine Kay Hasse Memorial Library will close physically to all patrons as of 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, until further notice; however, library services still will be available in limited fashion. The library staff will retrieve books for students, staff and faculty as needed and will give limited access to the collection by appointment only for graduate researchers, faculty and approved visiting scholars. During this time, the library will not lend or borrow any physical materials via ILL or MOBIUS. Watch for more information to come very soon from Donna Church.
  • Dining Services: Beginning this Friday, March 20, lunch and dinner meals will only be available by pick up or delivery. Also, meals may no longer be consumed inside Wartburg or Koburg Halls. Please see attached additional information from Fresh Ideas, including menu options and ordering logistics.
  • Call Day 2020: Sadly, we must forego our usual tradition of holding services to announce calls and placements this year; however, be assured that calls will be made and vicarage and deaconess internships will be assigned come April 28. We plan to make a virtual announcement of calls and placements on that date; as soon as the plans are finalized, we will communicate all of the details. Meanwhile, please advise your dear family and friends that in this most unusual year, the announcements will be made virtually and that they should not plan to travel to campus.
  • Retirement Event: Many of you were informed, most kindly on Diane’s and my behalf, of a retirement celebration scheduled for April 27. It likely goes without saying that the events being planned for that day cannot go on, and I’ve been informed that the planning committee intends to reschedule for some time later in the year.

What strange times! These are the right actions to take for the safety and health of our community, but I know that many of us will be left with a feeling of things being somehow incomplete. As we work through these necessary precautions and look forward to the time when things will begin to feel again like “normal,” we continue to pray that our heavenly Father will draw us closer to Him. We’re all living under stress, not just the normal stressors of daily life and work but now the pressures of changed routines and life styles imposed upon us. “Keep me from saying words that later need recalling” (LSB 696, 3). Instead, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5: 22-23)

The COVID-19 task force continues to meet and we will continue to provide regular updates via email. If you have any questions about any of these announcement, please reach out to Dr. Gary at 314-505-7332 or wellness@csl.edu.

Most cordially yours, in Christ,

Dr. Dale A. Meyer, President
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Dear members of the Seminary community,

As we navigate the proliferating messages and guidelines relative to the coronavirus disease that is sweeping the nation and affecting the entire world, I pledge to continue our open and honest communication about the pandemic and its impact on our community.

We deal with this crisis as faith leaders. For our students: In your present or coming ministry, people will look to you for guidance when major crisis comes upon your congregation. A tornado destroys your sanctuary, flooding destroys the homes of members, your congregation fails financially, scandal rocks the faith of members … These or other crises will come to you as you serve God’s people. A pastoral leader does not have immediate answers for all the questions people will understandably ask, but a pastoral leader is present to model faith in the promises of God and to teach from Scripture how God is present, summoning us all to greater dependence upon Him. I treasure the practical advice another president told me about administration. “Accept chaos, give back calm, provide hope.” And as spiritual leaders, we trust the promises of our loving heavenly Father. “Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; / The clouds ye so much dread /Are big with mercy and shall break / In blessings on your head.” (The Lutheran Hymnal, 514, 3).

Now, please see below some important updates.

  • Potential Timeline for Return to Residential Classes: There have been many questions about the earliest possible date that we might return to residential, in-person classes. The situation is changing very quickly and in such a way that we are unable to predict the date that may happen. However, we are committed to keeping you informed of our decision timeline for that date. We will allow the situation in the United States and the St. Louis area to unfold a little more so that we are fully informed; and no matter what, we pledge to give you two weeks of notice before in-person classes resume. At this point, we plan to revisit the decision concerning this matter April 3, which would mean that the earliest possible date that in-person classes would resume would be April 20. Given the fluidity of the situation and the serious nature of the disease, it is possible that we may not return to holding in-person classes this semester. Again, we will communicate any updates on this determination April 3.
  • Just yesterday, President Trump – in conjunction with the CDC – issued a guideline restricting gatherings to no more than 10 people until further notice. As such, I encourage you wherever you are to heed the caution to keep gatherings to fewer than 10 people and that you practice social distancing and avoid meeting in offices to the extent possible. This includes when dining in Wartburg Hall or other places on campus. Also, please consider using email and conference calls in place of in-person meetings for the duration.

In these most extraordinary of times, I want to lift up the team that is leading the contingency planning in light of the coronavirus pandemic. These coworkers are serving behind the scenes to examine the scientific information and guidelines and make decisions regarding application for the benefit of our community and beyond. The members of the workgroup are:

  • Dr. Douglas L. Rutt, Provost and Chief Academic Officer
  • Michael Louis, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Dr. Ben Haupt, Associate Provost
  • Vicki Biggs, Senior Vice President, Seminary Advancement and Chief Communications Officer
  • Chad Catoor, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
  • John Klinger, Chief Information Officer
  • Tom Myers, Director, Human Resources
  • Dr. Julie Gary, Coordinator, Health and Wellness
  • Dr. Alan Borcherding, Director, Research, Assessment and Academic Programming
  • Dr. Glenn Nielsen, Director of Placement and Vicarage and Deaconess Internships
  • Alix-Ann O’Brien, Director, Campus Services
  • Kathy Daniels, Executive Assistant, Office of the Provost
  • Pamela Davitz, Executive Assistant to the President

We will continue to provide regular updates via email and make updates to our webpage as appropriate. If you have any questions regarding these updates or about the coronavirus in general, I urge you to reach out to Dr. Gary at 314-505-7332 or wellness@csl.edu.

Finally, may the Spirit of God and our Lord Jesus draw us closer to Him through these difficult times. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18 ESV)

May God bless us and keep us all,

Dr. Dale A. Meyer, President
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

To the members of the Concordia Seminary Campus Community,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has caused widespread concern and even fear within all sectors of society. The first thing that came to mind when I pondered the current situation were the words of the Psalmist, from which our beloved Reformation hymn is based:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” (Psalm 46:1-3)

In the midst of our current troubles, we know that we can confidently seek refuge in our God, who promises to help us in all upsetting situations. He, who was willing to give up His Son for us and for our salvation and who promises to be with us always, will certainly not abandon us now. He is our help. He is our refuge. He is our strength. Let us remember and trust in Him always as we consider the information I want to share with you regarding the Seminary’s response to COVID-19.

I can assure you that we have been giving a lot of thought to the coronavirus outbreak. I know many of you are closely watching news of the outbreak’s rapid spread and far-reaching impact on travel, public gatherings, sporting events, global business operations, and — this week, especially — higher education.

Your Seminary leadership team has examined the anticipated spread of COVID-19, reached out to medical experts, and closely reviewed recommendations from local, state and federal public health agencies.

As you can imagine, these discussions have been extensive and complex. We walked through multiple scenarios and the potential impact of each. We are appreciative of your patience and understanding as we considered how the Seminary could most effectively deliver academic courses in these rapidly changing circumstances.

Residential colleges like the Seminary face unique challenges in this situation: Our students study, work and often live in close quarters. Students, faculty and staff regularly travel domestically and abroad. Reading Week travel means many of our students and faculty are spending this week in cities across the country. It is impossible to know for certain how many of our community members would return to campus having been exposed to the coronavirus. The health, safety and well-being of everyone on our campus is our priority at all times and especially during times like this one.

The coronavirus is proving to be an unprecedented disruption to our country and the world. The course it will take is uncertain, but the days and weeks ahead likely will be even more challenging.


Please read the following information carefully.

  1. Disease FAQs and Prevention Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html. If you are sick, please stay home and away from others until you feel better. Use basic hand washing and cleaning protocols to prevent the spread of disease. Our Campus Facilities team is stepping up cleaning protocols, and additional sanitizing and disinfecting of all hard surfaces will occur during Reading Week.
  2. Visitors to Campus: Visitors to campus housing and offices should be limited until further notice unless you are able to verify that your visitor or guest has not traveled to areas where cases of the coronavirus exist. Also, for now, campus tours will be canceled through April 30; later tours will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Building Access: After classes end March 13, access control to campus buildings will be enforced until further notice. Faculty, staff and students must use their ID badge to access campus buildings. If you need to attend a meeting in a building to which you do not have badge access, you will need to call the person you are meeting and have him or her provide access. If that person cannot be reached, contact the main switchboard at 314-505-7000 or go to the Welcome Center during normal business hours for assistance in contacting that person for access.
  4. Travel during Reading Week and Beyond. All Seminary-sponsored travel outside of the St. Louis metropolitan area is suspended as of March 12 and until further notice. Anyone – faculty, staff or students – who chooses to take personal travel is strongly encouraged to explore and understand any risks prior to making those trips. Those who have already departed for travel should access the Seminary website to complete the travel form for our Health and Wellness Office. The latent period, time between exposure and typical onset of symptoms, for the coronavirus is 14 days. It is important that travelers understand that if they are having symptoms they should not return to campus, and even if they are not experiencing symptoms, they should pay close attention to their bodies for 14 days after returning and watch for appearance of those symptoms.Domestic: Students, staff and faculty planning personal domestic travel should be mindful of the spread of the coronavirus and continually monitor the list of locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure, which may include U.S. cities and states. Anyone who travels to locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure is required to contact Dr. Julie Gary, the Seminary’s coordinator of Health and Wellness, for screening and clearance in order to return to the Seminary. You likely will be required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine away from campus.International: Anyone who travels for personal reasons to locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure during this time period will be required to contact Dr. Julie Gary, the Seminary’s coordinator of Health and Wellness, for screening and clearance in order to return to the Seminary. Depending upon your travel destination, you may be required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine away from campus. (See CDC guidance on self-quarantine.)Travel Registration: Students, faculty and staff who are traveling should complete a travel form with Dr. Julie Gary in the Health and Wellness office prior to traveling and must contact Julie before returning to campus. Even if you have already departed for your travel, you are required to complete that form.
  5. Concordia Seminary will move to all online classes effective March 23.
    • Notwithstanding other points covered in this letter regarding travel, students will be expected to participate in their online classes beginning March 23, and may do so from anywhere. Students who have remained in the St. Louis area during Reading Week and live on campus may remain in their campus housing. Students who traveled outside of the St. Louis area during Reading Week should follow the guidelines outlined above before returning to campus. Students who do have an alternate place of residence are encouraged to consider staying there during this time.
    • Chapel: Chapel services will be suspended effective today and until further notice. During this time, Dean of Chapel Dr. Kent Burreson will post videos or daily devotions on SemNet.
    • Dining Services: Dining services will continue for those on campus although there may be modifications in how the service is provided. Please watch for additional information.
    • Campus Store: The Campus Store will be closed following classes on March 13 and until further notice.
    • Food Bank: The Food Bank will be open for its normal shopping day Saturday, March 14. Please watch for additional information regarding future shopping days.
    • Re-Sell It Shop: The Re-Sell It Shop will be closed until further notice.
    • Fitness Center: The Fitness Center will be closed following classes on March 13 and until further notice.
  6. Seminary Events. We are evaluating the need for changes on case-by-case basis to events held both on and off campus. We continue to monitor the situation, and this may change on short notice. For more information, please check the Seminary website.
  7. Seminary Operations. The Seminary offices will remain open. Faculty, staff and student workers should continue to report to work as usual, keeping in mind general precautions to remain healthy (do not report to work if you are ill).

We have made all of these decisions informed by expert advice and relevant information. We are especially grateful to Julie Gary for her diligence and expertise in this matter. We have benefited also from engaging with other universities, including our neighbor Washington University. Our team is continually monitoring the situation and working through plans for managing our operations moving forward.

We’ll share new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Julie at 314-505-7332 or wellness@csl.edu.


To conclude, I return to the final words of our Psalm, which reminds us, as it did Dr. Martin Luther during the troubles he faced in his life, that through Jesus Christ we can have peace because God is our place of refuge, our fortress:

“’Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’ The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:10-11)

Please join me in prayer at this time, and in the days ahead:

Dear Father in heaven, You have promised to be with us always with Your comfort, strength, peace and protection. We thank and praise You for Your goodness and mercy. We humbly come before You during this time of national and international distress asking You to work mightily to curb the advance of this virus that has already attacked thousands. Be with those here in our community and around the world who are doing what is humanly possible to stop its devastating advance, yet we know that no remedy, measure or treatment will be effective without Your blessing. Therefore, we ask You to bless all those efforts. And grant to us peace, courage and strength of faith, so that we are continually confident of Your love and goodness. We know that Your ways are not our ways, that Your ways are always best, and so we entrust ourselves, our loved ones and this current situation into Your hands, trusting in Your mercy. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

In Christ,

Dr. Dale A. Meyer, President
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Online Learning


Campus Operations


Please read the following information carefully.

This year both Call Day (April 28) and Commencement (May 15) services/ceremonies will be held as virtual-only events via our live stream at csl.edu/live. Please check the Call Day page and the Commencement page for more details about each event.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Concordia Seminary campus and offices will be closed to visitors and most employees until further notice. Deliveries and other essential services may continue to the extent allowed under St. Louis City and County’s stay-at-home orders executed Saturday, March 21, 2020, and the ability of those third-party providers to continue. Those with business on campus who need assistance must either email their campus contact person or be in touch with Campus Safety at 314-565-4690.

Campus Store

The Campus Store will be closed until further notice.

Dining services

Dining services are available via takeout orders only through the a la carte menu, which can be found on the Seminary intranet.

Board Plan Students: Students may call in to order meals daily. Each student will receive an order number and an approximate time their food will be ready. Students must still scan their ID cards daily.

All students are to enter through Wartburg Hall and exit through Koburg Hall. The social-distancing policy of six feet will be enforced as students line up to pick up meals. All meals will be available at the pickup station located in the buffet area near the kitchen with the student’s name on the order slip.

Faculty and Staff: Faculty and staff may call in to place orders that can be picked up in the buffet area. There will be a table designated for faculty and staff to reduce wait times. Please proceed to the register for payment. If you are requesting delivery, payment may be made over the phone. Faculty and staff will receive an order number and an approximate time their food will be ready.

Please check the Daily Announcements for the Special of the Day and any updates from the culinary team.

Hours of Operation:
Lunch service and order pickup are 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Please place your order between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. daily.

Dinner service and order pickup are 4:30–6 p.m. Please place your order by 3:30 p.m. daily.

Saturday Brunch order pickup is 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Please place your order by 10:30 a.m. In addition to the menu, breakfast sandwiches will be available to choose from.

To place orders, please call 314-505-7320 Monday through Saturday.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is closed until further notice.

Food Bank

Please watch for additional information regarding future shopping days.

Re-Sell It Shop

The Re-Sell It Shop is closed until further notice.

Chapel services are suspended until further notice. Faculty, staff and students will be able to access daily devotions and other worship materials via the Seminary intranet.

Not withstanding other points covered regarding travel, students will be expected to participate in their online classes beginning March 23, and may do so from anywhere. Students who have remained in the St. Louis area during Reading Week and live on campus may remain in their campus housing. Students who traveled outside of the St. Louis area during Reading Week should follow the guidelines outlined above before returning to campus. Students who do have an alternate place of residence are encouraged to consider staying there during this time.

Resident Field Education (RFE): RFE requirements are suspended until further notice. This includes the Institutional modules, the Cross-Cultural modules and the 10-hours-per-week guideline in RFE activity. Students should continue to log their congregational activity regardless of where they are living and worshiping. The level of activity should reflect what is occurring at their congregation.

The Kristine Kay Hasse Memorial Library is closed physically to all patrons until further notice; however, library services still will be available in limited fashion. The library staff will retrieve books for students, faculty and staff as needed; however, during this time, the library will not lend or borrow any physical materials via ILL or MOBIUS.

MOBIUS Service: MOBIUS service has discontinued at this time and all courier services have ended. If you have a MOBIUS book to return, please do NOT return it at this time. Instead, renew any items so you can avoid the daily notifications about overdue books. If you cannot renew, contact Donna Church at churchd@csl.edu or 314-505-7034, and she will renew through the system.

Please do not worry about fines or bill notices at this time. All MOBIUS members are in the same situation, and we will figure out what to do when we go back online.

Access to Library Building: To limit exposure and congregating, the library building is locked with only staff access. We recognize this poses many challenges that we are working hard to mitigate.

Checking Out Items: We are working diligently to identify and make accessible as many electronic resources as possible.

Here is how to check out open stacks items for research and study:

  1. Find the item in the library catalog.
  2. Click the “Request” button and complete the form with your name and ID number. Our campus ID is CL after your full P number.
  3. Items requested by 7 a.m. will be retrieved and checked out to you. You can pick up your items at the library between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. that day.

Students may also check out course reserves. Request the item and pick it up at the library as noted above for open stacks items. To accommodate this change, the checkout period has been extended to one day to allow for pickup and return.

More Information: Instructions for renewing and requesting books and other details relating to library use will continue to be posted on the library’s research guide page. The library will continue to communicate details and tips via the library blog.

Call Day and Commencement 2020

This year both Call Day (April 28) and Commencement (May 15) services/ceremonies will be held as virtual-only events via our live stream at csl.edu/live. Please check the Call Day page and the Commencement page for more details about each event.

We are evaluating the need for changes on case-by-case basis to events held both on and off campus. We continue to monitor the situation, and this may change on short notice. For more information, please check the Seminary's events calendar or the list below.

Date Canceled Events
Mar. 16 Laudamus Spring 2020 Concert Tour in NYC
Mar. 16-17 Professor Sánchez Presenting in Kearney, NE
Mar. 16 Concordia Seminary Admissions Director in NYC
Mar. 16 Natural Burial seminar
Mar. 17 Birthday lunch with the President
Mar. 17 Concordia Seminary Admissions Director in Garden City, NY
Mar. 17 Concordia Seminary Admissions Officer in Lincoln, NE
Mar. 17 Laudamus Spring 2020 Concert Tour in Garden City, NY
Mar. 18 Concordia Seminary Admissions Director in The Bronx, NY
Mar. 18 Laudamus Spring 2020 Concert Tour in The Bronx, NY
Mar. 19 Concordia Seminary Admissions Officer at Concordia Nebraska
Mar. 19 Concordia Seminary Admissions Director at Concordia College New York
Mar. 19 Concordia Seminary Admissions Officer in Omaha, NE
Mar. 19 Re-Sell It Shop shopping day
Mar. 20 Professor Sánchez Speaking in Costa Mesa, CA
Mar. 22 Laudamus Spring 2020 Concert Tour in St. Louis
Mar. 26 Deaconess Panel (Student Association event)
Mar. 26 Ruth McDonnell’s Dissertation Forum
Mar. 27 Pick-Up Basketball
Mar. 28 Life Team event with Dr. Gregory Schulz speaking
Mar. 28 Re-Sell It Shop shopping day
Mar. 30 Pick-Up Basketball
Mar. 31 Re-Sell It Shop shopping day
Apr. 2-3 Professor Sánchez Speaking in Wheaton, IL
Apr. 3 Prof ’n Stein
Apr. 3 Pick-Up Basketball
Apr. 4 American Lung Association Stair Climb — St. Louis event
Apr. 7 The Gospel of Mark in Collinsville, IL
Apr. 14 After Chapel Concert Series: Ryan Edinger: Piano/Organ
Apr. 15 Seminary Guild Board Meeting
Apr. 15 RFE Supervisors Conference
Apr. 16-17 Alumni Council Meeting
Apr. 17 Green & Gold Days
Apr. 20-21 Professor Elowsky Presenting in Aberdeen, SD
Apr. 20-24 Intentional Interim Ministry Phase One
Apr. 21 Birthday lunch with the President
Apr. 22-24 Friends of the Sem
Apr. 24 Christ in Film
Apr. 24 The Gospel of Mark in Gilbert, AZ
Apr. 25 The Gospel of Mark in Sun City West, AZ
Apr. 25 LWML Game Night
Apr. 26 Concordia Seminary Concert Series: Organ and Carillon Concert
Apr. 27 Retirement Celebration: Generation to Generation
Apr. 30 Jambalaya Fest
May 1 Seminary Guild Meeting
May 4 NAME Conference
May 4-6 Professor Nafzger Presenting in Austin, TX
May 5-6 Multiethnic Symposium
May 12 Faculty Author Reception
May 12-13 Professor Emeritus Kolb Speaking in Frankenmuth, MI
May 18-19 Professor Elowsky Presenting in Hickory, NC
June 20-25 Vocatio (rescheduled for Aug. 1-4)

 

Date Events Moved Online
May 14 Greek Conversation Group
May 15 Commencement
June 15-17 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Saleska
June 15-17 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Lessing
June 22-24 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Bahkou
June 29-July 1 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Okamoto
July 20-22 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Meyer
July 21-23 Faith and Writing Workshop
July 27-29 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Meyer
Aug. 3-5 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Burreson and Dr. Hoeltke
Aug. 3-5 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Herrmann
Aug. 6-8 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Marrs
Aug. 8 Lay Bible Institute
Aug. 10-12 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Egger
Aug. 10-12 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Haupt
Aug. 10-12 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Lessing
Aug. 17-19 Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Bahkou

Canceled Events


Mar. 16
Laudamus Spring 2020 Concert Tour in NYC


Mar. 16-17
Professor Sánchez Presenting in Kearney, NE


Mar. 16
Concordia Seminary Admissions Director in NYC


Mar. 16
Natural Burial seminar


Mar. 17
Birthday lunch with the President


Mar. 17
Concordia Seminary Admissions Director in Garden City, NY


Mar. 17
Concordia Seminary Admissions Officer in Lincoln, NE


Mar. 17
Laudamus Spring 2020 Concert Tour in Garden City, NY


Mar. 18
Concordia Seminary Admissions Director in The Bronx, NY


Mar. 18
Laudamus Spring 2020 Concert Tour in The Bronx, NY


Mar. 19
Concordia Seminary Admissions Officer at Concordia Nebraska


Mar. 19
Concordia Seminary Admissions Director at Concordia College New York


Mar. 19
Concordia Seminary Admissions Officer in Omaha, NE


Mar. 19
Re-Sell It Shop shopping day


Mar. 20
Professor Sánchez Speaking in Costa Mesa, CA


Mar. 22
Laudamus Spring 2020 Concert Tour in St. Louis


Mar. 26
Deaconess Panel (Student Association event)


Mar. 26
Ruth McDonnell’s Dissertation Forum


Mar. 27
Pick-Up Basketball


Mar. 28
Life Team event with Dr. Gregory Schulz speaking


Mar. 28
Re-Sell It Shop shopping day


Mar. 30
Pick-Up Basketball


Mar. 31
Re-Sell It Shop shopping day


Apr. 2-3
Professor Sánchez Speaking in Wheaton, IL


Apr. 3
Prof ’n Stein


Apr. 3
Pick-Up Basketball


Apr. 4
American Lung Association Stair Climb — St. Louis event


Apr. 7
The Gospel of Mark in Collinsville, IL


Apr. 14
After Chapel Concert Series: Ryan Edinger: Piano/Organ


Apr. 15
Seminary Guild Board Meeting


Apr. 15
RFE Supervisors Conference


Apr. 16-17
Alumni Council Meeting


Apr. 17
Green & Gold Days


Apr. 20-21
Professor Elowsky Presenting in Aberdeen, SD


Apr. 20-24
Intentional Interim Ministry Phase One


Apr. 21
Birthday lunch with the President


Apr. 22-24
Friends of the Sem


Apr. 24
Christ in Film


Apr. 24
The Gospel of Mark in Gilbert, AZ


Apr. 25
The Gospel of Mark in Sun City West, AZ


Apr. 25
LWML Game Night


Apr. 26
Concordia Seminary Concert Series: Organ and Carillon Concert


Apr. 27
Retirement Celebration: Generation to Generation


Apr. 30
Jambalaya Fest


May 1
Seminary Guild Meeting


May 4
NAME Conference


May 4-6
Professor Nafzger Presenting in Austin, TX


May 5-6
Multiethnic Symposium


May 12
Faculty Author Reception


May 12-13
Professor Emeritus Kolb Speaking in Frankenmuth, MI


May 18-19
Professor Elowsky Presenting in Hickory, NC


June 20-25
Vocatio (rescheduled for Aug. 1-4)


Events Moved Online

May 14
Greek Conversation Group

May 15
Commencement


June 15-17
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Saleska


June 15-17
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Lessing


June 22-24
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Bahkou


June 29-July 1
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Okamoto


July 20-22
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Meyer


July 21-23
Faith and Writing Workshop


July 27-29
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Meyer


Aug. 3-5
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Burreson and Dr. Hoeltke


Aug. 3-5
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Herrmann


Aug. 6-8
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Marrs


Aug. 8
Lay Bible Institute


Aug. 10-12
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Egger


Aug. 10-12
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Haupt


Aug. 10-12
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Lessing


Aug. 17-19
Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Dr. Bahkou


All Seminary-sponsored travel outside of the St. Louis metropolitan area is suspended until further notice. Anyone — faculty, staff or students — who chooses to take personal travel is strongly encouraged to explore and understand any risks prior to making those trips. Those who have already departed for travel should access the Seminary website to complete the travel form for our Health and Wellness Office. The latent period, time between exposure and typical onset of symptoms, for the coronavirus is 14 days. It is important that travelers understand that if they are having symptoms they should not return to campus, and even if they are not experiencing symptoms, they should pay close attention to their bodies for 14 days after returning and watch for appearance of those symptoms.

Domestic: Students, staff and faculty planning personal domestic travel should be mindful of the spread of the coronavirus and continually monitor the list of locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure, which may include U.S. cities and states. Anyone who travels to locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure is required to contact Dr. Julie Gary, the Seminary’s coordinator of Health and Wellness, for screening and clearance in order to return to the Seminary. You likely will be required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine away from campus.

International: Anyone who travels for personal reasons to locations with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure during this time period will be required to contact Dr. Julie Gary, the Seminary’s coordinator of Health and Wellness, for screening and clearance in order to return to the Seminary. Depending upon your travel destination, you may be required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine away from campus. (See CDC guidance on self-quarantine.)

Travel Registration: It is vitally important that anyone — faculty, staff and students — who was traveling domestically or internationally as of March 4 or left St. Louis on or after that date complete our Travel Registry Form and then be in contact with Dr. Julie Gary in our Health and Wellness office. Please understand that this requirement is strictly a health precaution and will be kept confidential; there will be no penalty because of anyone’s travel.