Unity in diversity aligns with biblical vision of God’s kingdom because it comes not at the expense of diversity, but couched in diversity as we see in Revelation 7:9-10 (ESV): “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”
Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School values people as created in the image of God and worthy of respect and dignity. Sadly, the college has at times fallen short of extending that dignity and respect. LBC | Capital is currently engaged in a careful and thorough audit, examining the extent of our shortcomings, to correct these failures both personally and systemically. As an institution, we condemn racist, discriminatory and prejudicial actions by any member of the college community that minimize fellow human beings. We do and will continue to address our failures in these areas while seeking forgiveness when necessary for our shortcomings. When racist actions involve students, disciplinary proceedings are protected by law, and the college is unable to discuss specifics. Moreover, as a practice, we do not utilize social media as a forum for resolving personal grievances related to this or any other topic.
On this page you’ll learn about our journey toward diversity and oneness – our perspective, our plan, our partner and more.
LBC | Capital has retained Jael K.D.L.V. Chambers and Cultured Enuf to conduct a diversity audit and provide their recommendation with respect to next steps to help us move from our reality toward the biblical vision of God’s kingdom (Revelation 7:9-10). The audit will include a series of focus groups and surveys from all our constituent groups – students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, Corporation members, alumni and friends of LBC | Capital across all our locations (Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.). It will reveal strengths and weaknesses and inform the development of a plan to maximize strengths and improve weaknesses as we continually align our efforts to God’s kingdom vision.
This is a collection of video resources on topics of diversity and belonging and how the college engages with them.
Dr. Thomas L. Kiedis, President of LBC | Capital, discusses diversity and belonging in the life of the LBC | Capital community.
Dr. Daniel Spanjer, Arts & Sciences Department Chair, and Dr. Joseph Kim, Bible & Theology Professor, discuss biblical foundations of diversity.*
Dr. Ling Dinse, Assistant Professor of Counseling & Social Work, discusses the topic of psychological safety.
In this December 2020 update on diversity & belonging, Dr. Kiedis shares thoughtful responses to two perspectives from criticism received.
Statements can share a vision, but they must be followed by actions. This Sept. 2020 video shares action steps taken, where we’ve been and where we want to go.
Several faculty and staff members participated in a diversity panel as part of new student orientation on Aug. 29, 2020.
We extend profound thanks to our Diversity Council, a group that has been speaking into this process with invaluable guidance and counsel. Director of Student Care Cherese Carter offers a safe space in Lancaster for students to share, and site directors Dr. Tanya Solomon and Dr. A. Michael Black are available to students at our Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. locations respectively. Use the Contact Form below to submit your question or comment.
The Minority Student Association (MSA) is a student-led organization that has been developed to serve as a collective voice for minority students at Lancaster Bible College. The MSA exists to support and advocate for minority students in their interactions with all students and faculty.