Refugee Resettlement Watch

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, rebrands, no longer wants to be tagged as Lutheran

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 6, 2016

Very interesting!  This is not the first refugee resettlement contractor that has changed its name over the years.

Previously we learned that the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society no longer wanted to be known for being Hebrew, see here. They are now HIAS!

LSS Michigan logo

LSS of Michigan—gone! Now Samaritas

And, here we see a Lutheran organization dropping the Lutheran and changing its name to reflect a broader image—they will be called Samaritas—-so (LOL!) of course new folks will immediately know what they are all about with that name!

I think the explanations they give are phony-baloney and I can guess two (maybe three) other reasons that the name change is happening:

First, I’m guessing Jews and Lutherans have complained about what those organizations have been doing in the name of their faiths and secondly, I wonder if Muslim refugees are reluctant to be resettled by Jews and Lutherans (fearing perhaps proselytization***). Or maybe they are now just going to make it harder for new critics to find information on them.

I can only dream it was because the ACLU finally began to take notice of the separation of church and state issue with these federal ‘religious’ resettlement contractors being almost exclusively funded by taxpayer dollars.

Remember too, LSS Michigan’s image was a bit tarnished by that housing funny-business we mentioned here recently.

Here is the brief news story with the nonsensical explanation for the name change which took place today:

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) – One of Michigan’s largest social service and refugee resettlement agencies is changing its name to better reflect its mission.

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan has been leading the way for bringing refugees here to escape conflict. Tuesday they are holding a state-wide celebration to usher in their new name.

They will now be known as Samaritas.

Officials say internal research revealed many people didn’t seek the more than 80-year-old organization for work or services because they weren’t Lutheran.  [Were Muslims reluctant?—ed]

It has hired and served individuals of all faiths and ethnicities, so they are changing the name to reflect that.

***Illegal by the way according to the US State Department, see here.

 

29 Responses to “Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, rebrands, no longer wants to be tagged as Lutheran”

  1. […] and local Lutheran federal refugee contractors drop the ‘Lutheran’ from their names (click here).  Gee, I wonder […]

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  2. […] “Lutheran” agencies around the country have dropped the word Lutheran from their names, see Michigan earlier this […]

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  3. […] several “Lutheran” agencies around the country have dropped the word Lutheran from their names, see Michigan earlier this […]

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  4. […] several “Lutheran” agencies around the country have dropped the word Lutheran from their names, see Michigan earlier this […]

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  5. […] “Lutheran” agencies around the country have dropped the word Lutheran from their names, see Michigan earlier this […]

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  6. krosevideo said

    It is so sad to see these Church Based Organizations Prostitute themselves and all of their supporting members in order to destroy the USA in favor of their getting their additional 30 pieces of Silver.

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  7. Lutheran VOLAG in maine changed its name too. Ascentra or something?

    Jim Simpson

    Resettlement Resisters

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  8. tomasrose said

    I am sure they chose ‘Samaritas’ as a name to evoke the Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan gave the inn keeper money to care for the victim. Then the Good Samaritan returned later and offered more money to cover any additional costs incurred by the inn keeper. The Good Samaritan did not take any money for his good deeds. Samaritas is the Bad Samaritan.

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  9. dotsword said

    Partly relieved * * * felt so strongly about this issue that I was readying for a major one-on-one with the Lutheran Church at the highest levels! * * *

    – – as well as publicly denounce on all social media with my stated reasons.

    This is one time I WAS willing to ‘throw the baby out with the bath water”
    –all those years of Bible school and Catechism; however, I am extremely disappointed that the Church did not publicly announce their separation from this * * * despicable FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION! * * *

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      The church has not separated itself. This is only one of many Lutheran Social Services state organizations. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service—the mothership—is still very much alive and using the Lutheran label. LIRS is headquartered in Baltimore, MD.

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      • dotsword said

        thanks for the heads up Ann……..ughhh……..Christianity has been hijacked for the long haul……were the trojans precursor christians? lol

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      • domstudent11 said

        I have often wondered why the ACLU hasn’t targeted these groups with their pretend “faith-based” mission. Linda Hartke of LIRS is especially prone to quote Bible verses and ramble on about Lutheran traditions.
        I contacted the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (my denomination) about their link (if any) to LIRS, and was referred to the LC-MS FAQ sheet online, which specifically says that ” LIRS is not a Synod organization, not a
        Recognized Service Organization and is not officially tied to any church body.”

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  10. Dave Gorak said

    Perhaps in the not too distant future Catholic Charities will change its name to “Y’all Come.”

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  12. I can think of some names that more accurately reflect the mission of this agency than the new one. How about Liberal Socialist Services? (LSS), or perhaps Leech Sympathy Services (LSS)? If anyone else has some creative ideas, lets start emailing them to these distressed individuals, and help them through their identity crisis. I’m sure they would love to get some help from us.

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  13. Are the good deed doers now hiding from their good deeds, continuing to keep their congregations in the dark, saying that a name change changes everything? Whitewashed tombs still STINK within…

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  14. “First, I’m guessing….”
    “I wonder…”
    “Or maybe…”
    “I can only dream…”

    Gee, if you had some FACTS, you wouldn’t need to GUESS, WONDER and DREAM so much!
    Ah, but that might actually take some effort…and you might find out how WRONG you are!

    LOL.
    Pathetic, actually.

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    • dotsword said

      says, “Fake” Jose LOL

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    • domstudent11 said

      What is your point, “Fake Jose Reyes”? What do you think Ann is wrong about? She is not on the board of directors and isn’t privy to their internal memos. Are you? Maybe you have the facts.

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    • 7delta said

      Gee, if you had some FACTS, you wouldn’t need to GUESS, WONDER and DREAM so much!
      Ah, but that might actually take some effort…and you might find out how WRONG you are!

      What a relief! Thank goodness you’re here to set us straight, Fake Jose. Heavens no, we don’t want to be pathetic, so we look forward to you sharing with us the truth.

      Oh…and since Ann is very good about including links to substantiate her information and to provide the sources on which she has formed her opinions, I’m sure you wouldn’t want to look like a pathetic, ill-informed, drive-by ridiculiologist by neglecting to provide the sources you used to form yours…if it’s not too much effort.

      Thank you, Fake Jose. You’re so very kind to do this for us. I have my pen and paper ready to take notes from your lesson.

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  15. This is no doubt an accommodation to Islam. The same thing is taking place in the Episcopal Church. It is a shame. Our major denominations have been corrupted.

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