There was a time, however, when such a calling wouldnt have happened. At PLU, where the university congregation is led collaboratively by students and staff members, Rude becomes the first openly gay university pastor at a Lutheran college. Thats a big deal. http://johngriffincave.boxcrack.net/2016/10/05/the-emerging-options-for-level-headed-solutions-of-job-negotiation/Weve very proud. Pacific Lutheran University President Thomas Krise Were very proud, Krise says. Its not the first barrier Rude has broken. In 2007, she became the first openly LGBTQ pastor to be ordained after the ELCA urged bishops to stop penalizing congregations for violating an outdated celibacy requirement for gay clergy. It was a rule that Rude at the time described as discriminatory, and one the organization rightfully did away with two years later. Rudes activism and advocacy played a significant part in the ELCAs necessary evolution. Now, Krise tells me, she gets a chance to play a big part in an ongoing evolution at PLU. PLU is making great strides in our recruitment of students with a lot of diversity of background, says Krise, pointing to a student body with a variety of religious backgrounds, not just Lutherans, as well as a marked increase in the percentage of first-generation college students, students of color and students receiving federal Pell grants.
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