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Lutheran Campus Ministry at Oregon State University
Welcome to Luther House
We are students, faculty, university staff, international guests, and community members linked by faith and committed to academic life.
Give today to Luther House and help us continue the great ministry we provide to the students of Oregon State University.
We are a Reconciling in Christ Community
No matter your economic situation, political persuasion, marital status, gender identity, physical ability, ethnic background, or sexual orientation – you are welcome here. "All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place!"
It takes many dedicated individuals to keep Luther House a thriving place. Meet the people behind the magic.
GRACEnotes, June 15
Lutheran Campus Ministry at Oregon State University is a "Reconciling in Christ" campus ministry. That may be just jargon to some. What it means to us is we are designated a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and community members and their friends, families, and allies. Here they are welcome to gather, learn, pray, participate fully in our community, and share their gifts – just as all others are welcome to do. We are committed to inclusivity and strive in every way to fulfill it. Sometimes it’s hard, painful work. Of that we are reminded by the lamentable news from Florida this last weekend.
The deplorable murders of 49 individuals in Orlando, and the severe injuries inflicted on many more, is antithetical to God’s gift of life. God in Christ said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Other scriptures remind us that God authors life and sustains it, binds up the brokenhearted and heals those who suffer. The most extravagant sign of God’s impulse to life is the resurrection itself – bleached bones live, the dead are raised. Those who are called by God are called to follow in the Spirit's Way of Life.
The heinous crimes of Sunday morning are antithetical to everything godly or good. Like many other acts of violence again the LGBTQ community, this murderer’s motives are apparently rooted in religious zealotry. Our hearts break that some would use the name of God to obliterate those they hate. Among us this has no place.
Rather, we are a "Reconciling in Christ" campus ministry. These are not empty words; they carry meaning. For us to be a reconciling community of faith…
+ requires that we look deep within ourselves and our traditions to identify our own prejudices, especially where those prejudices demean or diminish others
+ demands that we repent of words, thoughts, actions, or practices that negate others or destroy their spirits
+ means that we open ourselves to understand those we do not know and build bridges of peace between peoples
+ insists that we advocate for those who have no voice – the weak, the marginalized, the powerless
+ expects that we will take responsibility and act on the side of life in all religious and civic affairs
Prayer is good. We have prayed for all who have died; we still pray for those who suffer and grieve in Orlando. But prayer by itself is not enough. We are called by the Lord of Life to be light in the darkness, hope for the hopeless, healing for the broken, and strength for the weak. May our words, thoughts, and actions find fulfillment as we work together to build a world of reconciliation and peace.
We are Lutheran Campus Ministry at Oregon State University