The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Walking together

Combined ministry has enriched MIT students for a quarter century

A freshmen at MIT, who was checking out the Lutheran-Episcopal Ministry, asked how many Lutherans vs. Episcopalians belonged to the group.

You'd think for Massachusetts Institute of Technology's scientific-minded students it would be an easy question. But nobody knew the answer.

"It's not something we necessarily keep track of," says Jane Soyster Gould, Episcopal chaplain at the Cambridge, Mass., university.

In more than 25 years of joint worship and fellowship, the denominational divide separating "us" from "them" has melded into a corporate "we." Distinctions fade not by ignoring differences but by embracing one another.

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Embracing diversity