The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Campus ministry big part of church future

Readers write on cover, articles on salvation, immigration, seminary ed.

Perusing my "ELCA 2012 Yearbook," I was hard pressed to locate our director for campus and youth ministry. I couldn't help but recall a recent time when campus ministry had a staff of nine or more. Together they oversaw a vibrant ministry for our college students, who would annually gather nationally and regionally and had support to congregate locally. I know finances have hit our ELCA hard, but we still make choices as to where we allocate our resources. I can't help but believe that one day in the not-too-distant future we'll wonder where our young adults and ministry candidates have gone. Please refer to decisions made prior to the 2011 Churchwide Assembly (September, "Assembly acts on memorials from synods") and know that we made conscious choices to no longer support campus ministry. We're handing our young people over to Campus Crusade and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship instead.

The Rev. Don King
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Thought provoking

While I wasn't attracted to the January cover, your request for feedback (Editor: "The work, fun of a new year") made me look at it again. It makes sense: It's thought provoking. Indeed, the economy is down; the value of the dollar is down; church giving is down. What are we to do? Same old stuff probably isn't the answer. "Economic disruption and an evolving church" does not provide all the answers but certainly offers perspective, good thinking and fertilizer for new — different — growth. Good stuff.

Ralph Erchinger
Austin, Texas

Beg to differ

I take issue with the statement that Christians and Muslims "share more than 95 percent of their religion" (January, "Finding a common word"). This is far from biblical truth. If Jesus was only a prophet, and not the son of God, what about the whole story of redemption through Christ, the Lamb of God who died for the sins of the world? If Jesus did not die on earth and experience resurrection, what is left for a Christian to proclaim? How can Christians and Muslims live in "community" when Muslims reject the very community that gives salvation?

The Rev. Carl Buettemeier
Hugo, Minn

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Embracing diversity