Receiving and aiding immigrants has a long history among American Lutherans, beginning with the Germans and Scandinavians. This is a ministry we are experienced and good at. It is a role in society that we should focus on.

Rev. Dr. Robert Schmidt taught International Relations, Theology, and World Religions at Concordia University in Portland. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington and master’s degrees from Colorado State University, Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley CA, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Robert has taught in a seminary in Nigeria and served as a campus pastor at Colorado State University and later at the University of Washington. He came to Concordia University in 1988 and was named the Dean of Theology in 1992. He has lectured in Zimbabwe, Germany, Japan, China, Kazakstan, and India. He has also traveled in Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Mexico. Since his retirement he was worked closely with immigrants and refugees from Africa and the Oromo Lutheran churches.

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