Providing an effective antidote to the destructive narcissisim of contemporary society
Faithful Masks was founded by renowned German Journalist and lay theologian Dr. Uwe Siemon- Netto. The project's roots are in the Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life, started in 2005 St. Louis. In 2009, Dr. Siemon-Netto joined with successful businesspeople at Faith Lutheran Church, Capistrano Beach, and regional friends to incorporate the League of Faithful Masks as an educational not-for-profit organization. We host events about vocation in the workplace, theology and public life, and civil courage with an emphasis on serving our neighbors in what Martin Luther called "the Left-Hand Kingdom." That is, while the founders and leadership of the organization happens to be Lutheran, we welcome people from various backgrounds to enjoy and participate in our work to oppose elements of narcissism and nihilism in contemporary culture. In addition to local events, key means for outreach include a blog and podcast. Dr. Daniel van Voorhis took over as director from Dr. Jeffrey Mallinson in 2016 when LFM was , and works closely with a network of friends and resources called 1517 The Legacy Project.
Faithful Masks champions a Judeo-Christian worldview of vocation as an effective antidote to the destructive narcissism of contemporary society. Continuing the work of the Center of Lutheran Theology and Public Life, the League intends to establish local chapters throughout North America and Europe. Its name is derived from Luther's description of human beings as "larvae Dei," (or God's masks) Martin Luther's term for God's creatures. According to Luther, human beings in particular are "larvae" (masks) behind which God hides when carrying out his concealed purposes in the secular realm. LFM offers presentations, conferences and published resources promoting selfless service to the neighbor in the secular realm as the highest service to God.
Whereas LFM promotes the Lutheran doctrine of vocation in its diverse efforts to oppose narcissism, and whereas its board members are committed to Scripture and the Lutheran confessional writings of the 16th century, the League considers itself non-sectarian. It is eager to reach out to all faithful Christians and believing Jews, while serving the community at large, irrespective of religious affiliation.