50th Anniversary of the Walk Out of Faculty and Students from the Concordia Seminary

Seminex alum Darell Golnitz presents a collection of letters and documents for placement in Eden Archives to Deb Krause on Feb. 19, 2024.

Feb. 19 was the 50th anniversary of the walk out of faculty and students from the Concordia Seminary campus leading to the creation of Concordia Seminary in Exile. Eden provided space and support after the walkout so that Seminex could continue its educational program. Additional support was provided by St. Louis University. Christ Seminary—Seminex, as it was later known, was located in St. Louis until 1983. After disbursing its faculty to other Lutheran seminaries, it dissolved in 1987 upon the merger that created the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1987.

In the background of the photo is a print depicting St. Matthew by St. Louis artist Siegried Reinhardt that is displayed on the second floor of the S.D. Press Education Center. The print was given to Eden in 1976 by the Seminex faculty in appreciation for Eden’s support and hospitality after the walkout.

Seminex president John Tietjen, who was at the time president of Concordia Seminary, was presented with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Eden in May 1973.