The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Life Among the Lutherans

Holly Harden is the editor of "Life among the Lutherans," a humorous collection of Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon monologues from his radio show.

Life among Lutherans The humorist admits that he didn’t know much about Lutherans when he started telling stories about them, but he has learned a lot over the years. For example: “Lutherans are a calm, stoical, modest people, haunted by guilt, fearful of looking ridiculous.” They love to make themselves useful, such as being ushers at church.

Don’t expect big or messy emotions from these reserved believers who cherish little things like rice pudding. Hard workers, they don’t know what to do with the idea of a siesta, or, as Keillor puts it, “I don’t like to generalize about Lutherans, but one thing that’s true of every single last one of them without exception is that the low point of their year is their summer vacation.”

He also offers “Ninety-five Theses” from a Wobegonian (Augsburg Books).




Posted at 9:31 am (U.S. Eastern) 9/16/2009

I disagree. Each person is unique. Each person who calls himself/herself a Lutheran is unique. We come in all temperments and all persuasions.

Our common thread, I believe. is our belief in our Lord and the freedom to worship and believe as we interpret the Bible as well as the messages of all who are inspired by and move by the Holy Spirit to teach and preach.


Oregon City, OR



Posted at 4:04 pm (U.S. Eastern) 9/16/2009

   I agree with Garrison and I agree with George. ,Having not grown
up as a Lutheran, I can say I know many whose ethnic background has determined their Lutheran Heritage. I have enjoyed fellowship and community with  these stoic people of faith for whom being an usher seems to be an outreach ministry. I also appreciate and love that we have grown as a church toward our desire to become a multicultural church... and yes, today, we come in all temperments and all persuasions. May we continue to welcome all to the table  and rejoice in our differences as we give thanks for the gospel of Christ.  Gail

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