The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Reflections on campus ministry

Lutheran campus ministry begins its centennial celebration this academic year, with the theme “Expanding Minds, Deepening Faith, Inspiring Service.” Below are excerpts of reflections from alums about their participation as students and what that has meant in the years since they’ve left campus.

Powerful experience

My first Sunday morning at Ball State, I was nervous. I had never been to church on my own. I didn’t know what to expect, but the people from the Lutheran Center seemed friendly enough at the campus activities fair.

As I entered the center, I could tell that I would fit in. As the year went on, I became increasingly involved. It was a place that I knew people would be as excited to see me as I was to see them.

Craig Kuehnert, 2006—Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.

Asking ‘why’

College was a time of insurmountable cognitive, emotional and psychological change. My spiritual foundation took “head on” the brunt of the impact as my surroundings and circumstances enabled and forced me to ask “why” and to question everything that I had taken for granted for my entire life.

The little Lutheran church that I stumbled upon (or rather, it stumbled upon me as the pastor of the church sought me out at a synod assembly) during my sophomore year, provided me with a safe environment to deeply struggle with those “tough” issues.

If it weren’t for the gentle, inquisitive prodding of Pastor Rick Bair and the nurturing environment of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Ithaca, N.Y., with all of its ministries (campus- and non-campus related), my world wouldn’t be half as intriguing, and my spiritual self-awareness would be entirely meager as compared to now.

Irena Mcquarrie, 2006—Ithaca [N.Y.] College

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