This is the first word from the interim president:
To our dear community,
Asbury Theological Seminary was not born yesterday. For more than 83 years our school has served God -- through the Great Depression, when dollars could hardly be found; through World War II, when the male student body was seriously decimated, and through the raising and the fall of the Berlin Wall -- to name a few historical markers. We have also been through a variety of philosophical and theological challenges, ranging from the Death of God idea to deconstructionism.
Now we are passing through an internal crisis. It isn't simple, but neither is it fatal. It is, however, a time for the people who love Asbury to rally around, forget their personal hurts and prejudices, and commit themselves to prayer and love as never before.
We must do this because God has brought us to the kingdom for such a time as this, and we dare not frustrate God's purposes. I know of no time when a strong, evangelical, Wesleyan voice was more surely needed, and I know of no institution that is better equipped to meet the challenge. Quite surely, hell is against us. This is frightening, but hell doesn't have the last word. It hasn't had the last word since Easter.
I am persuaded that God is spreading before us possibilities and wonders beyond our imagining. I pray that you and I may join hearts and heads and hands in bringing God's possibilities to pass.
J. Ellsworth Kalas