Monday, November 20, 2017

Muslim College buys Lutheran Seminary. . .

So the campus of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary has been sold to the old Muslim undergraduate institution in the US.  So you can expect the cross to disappear and the chapel to be stripped of all its Christian identifying marks.  But the strange thing is how the Cal Lutheran President is delighted that the property is going to another non-profit faith-based educational institution.  Hmmmm.  Does anyone else find that strange????

The hilltop campus of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary has been sold to Zaytuna College, a Muslim undergraduate institution.  The sale, which involves about 10.4 acres, was announced Friday by California Lutheran University, which took over Pacific Lutheran in 2014 in what has been variously described as a merger or a friendly acquisition. Pacific Lutheran had occupied the sprawling hilltop property at the top of Marin Avenue since it was founded in 1952. It relocated to downtown Berkeley this year, at 2000 Center St., Suite 200.  Zaytuna College, founded about a decade ago, is currently located at 2401 Le Conte Ave. in the “Holy Hill” neighborhood just north of the UC Berkeley campus.

“We are delighted that the property is going to another nonprofit, faith-based educational institution,” Cal Lutheran President Chris Kimball said in the news release. “We are also pleased that Zaytuna is committed to preserving the campus and its buildings as neighbors had wanted.”  Pacific Lutheran’s announcement last year that it would move out raised fears among neighbors that the property would be sought by developers, possibly for a residential subdivision. A neighborhood group, Top of Marin Stewardship, formed, and in March sought landmark protection for parts of the property and some of its buildings, including two historic houses — the Dobbins House, now Sawyer Hall, and the Nash House, now Founders Hall; the Chapel of the Cross; the gardens surrounding the Dobbins House; and the decorative Spanish tiles with scenes from Don Quixote de la Mancha on outbuildings of the Nash House.  Some of the fears appeared to have been assuaged, for now.  “I’d describe the moods of the neighbors as elated,” Mardi Sicular-Mertens, vision chairwoman of Top of Marin Stewardship, said in a telephone interview Friday. “I got many emails saying, ‘This is exactly what we were hoping for.'”