From the brochure of the League of Faithful Masks, December 2009
by Uwe Siemon-Netto
For decades, the “Me” culture has wreaked havoc with contemporary society in the Western World. It has devastated individuals, businesses and communities financially. It is threatening to unravel this country’s social structure. The “Me” culture is killing millions of unborn children every year. It is imperiling the ethical standards in the economy, industry, education, in medicine, jurisprudence, the media, the family, the arts, and in politics. The League of Faithful Masks (LFM) has been established to champion the Judeo-Christian worldview of vocation as an effective antidote to narcissism and its destructive consequences.
What is the League of Faithful Masks?
We are a non-profit corporation led by successful
members of a variety of professions, an engineer, a businesswoman, an attorney,
a corporate executive, a journalist and a minister. The name of our
organization is taken from Martin Luther’s definition of man as a mask behind
which God hides while carrying out his concealed purposes in the secular realm.
We are a non-profit corporation led by successful members of a variety of professions, an engineer, a businesswoman, an attorney, a corporate executive, a journalist and a minister. The name of our organization is taken from Martin Luther’s definition of man as a mask behind which God hides while carrying out his concealed purposes in the secular realm.
Is LFM evangelizing - is it a charity?
No. We are merely proposing the biblical concept of selfless service as an alternative to today’s self-important mindset. We are not do-gooders. We have no partisan-political agenda. We occupy no pulpit. We do not advocate a redistribution of incomes. But we do promote Martin Luther’s theological insight that all of us have divine callings in our daily lives – as parents, craftsmen, professionals, students, politicians and voters. If we exercise these secular vocations out of love for our neighbors we render the highest service to God.
How will LFM promote this message?
- We organize lectures, conferences, seminars in congregations and other organizations, such as Rotary clubs, Scouts, and student fraternities.
- We serve, sometimes with the help of outside specialists, as a theological-ethical resource center for political candidates, voters, professionals, educators, pastors and other individuals or groups seeking advice on questions pertaining to church and society, faith and reason, natural law and related subjects. Our advice will be non-partisan and free of charge, although voluntary donations to LFM might be solicited. Questions regarding this service are best directed to the director’s personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We will offer to develop and teach courses guided by this ethos in journalism, economics, politics and many fields to all levels of schools, including home-schooled children.
- We offer published resources and video
- We will have a lively website called, The Mask. It will treat the vocation theme from all conceivable perspectives in a journalistic manner.
- We will establish local LFM chapters around North America and overseas, hoping that they will network with one another and launch regional events promoting the doctrine of vocation, and participate in LFM resource center activities on the regional, national and international levels.
Masks’ tasks past, present and future
LFM has succeeded the “Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life” (CLTPL), which prepared many programs of this kind around the nation and on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, for the last four years. Audio and video recordings of these events can be downloaded from Concordia’s website. In September 2009, CLTPL moved west. It has its new office at Concordia University, Irvine. Since its relocation, LFM/CLTPL has presented lectures at the University of Calgary, Canada, at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., and a variety of congregations in southern California. In the spring of 2010, LFM will sponsor an advanced journalism course at Concordia Irvine and series of lectures on campuses in northern California, Pennsylvania, New York State, Indiana, France and possibly Germany. Some of these events will be co-sponsored by the Institute of Lutheran Theology, a Web-based seminary on whose Board of Regents LFM’s president, Uwe Siemon-Netto, serves.
Is LFM only for Lutherans?
Not at all. True, LFM’s board is made up of confessional Lutherans, and the League promotes a worldview that is central to Lutheran theology. But LFM is non-sectarian, desires to reach out to all faithful Christians and Jews and sees it as its duty to serve the community at large, irrespective of religious affiliation. Moreover, the doctrine of vocation is grounded in Scripture and shared by other denominations.
Who serves on LFM's board"
Who serves on LFM's board"
- Chairman: David Atkinson, engineer
- Vice chairman: Ruth DeNault, businesswoman and philanthropist
Secretary: James Lowe, attorney
- CFO: Janet Muller, retired corporate executive, adjunct professor
- President: Uwe Siemon-Netto, journalist and lay theologion
- Chaplain and theological consultant: Rev. Daniel Harmelink.
How is LFM funded?
- As a non-profit corporation, LFM/Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life depends entirely on grants, donations, offerings and speaker’s honoraria.
- LFM is an outreach of Faith Lutheran Church, Capistrano Beach, California.
All contributions for LFM/CLTPL should therefore be made out care of “Faith Lutheran Church of Capistrano Beach” (FLC).
- Important: In the memo portion of the check the payment must be earmarked for “LFM/CLTPL.”
- Mailing address: LFM/CLTPL c/o Faith Lutheran Church of Capistrano Beach, 34381 Calle Portola, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624
- Phone numbers: Faith Lutheran: 949-496-1901. LFM 949-705-6550
- A designated LFM/CLTPL fund has been set up in the yearly budget for FLC for this purpose.
- All contributions will be fully tax-deductible. FLC will send a receipt to the respective donors at the end of each calendar year for tax purposes.
Can EU donors receive tax credits in their countries?
Yes! As in the United States, contributions to LFM from anywhere in the European Union are fully tax deductible. In Germany, LFM has the status of an outreach (Arbeitszweig) of the Gesellschaft für Innere und Aeussere Mission im Sinne der lutherischen Kirche), founded by Wilhelm Loehe in 1849.
- Address: Missionsstrasse 3, 91564 Neuendettelsau, Germany
- Telephone (+49) 9874-689340
- Bank: Sparkasse Neuendettelsau, BLZ (bank code): 765 500 00
- Account (Konto): 760 704 080
- IBAN DE59 7655 0000 0760 7040 80
- SWIFT-BIC: BYLADEM1ANS
- Important: All checks or electronic transfers must be made out to the Gesellschaft (as above), but carry the mention (Vermerk) „für (or for) LFM/CLTPL”