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Lutheran Campus Ministry at Oregon State University
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We are students, faculty, university staff, international guests, and community members linked by faith and committed to academic life.
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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!"
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GRACEnotes, July 1
If you’ve ever listened to the radio program “Prairie Home Companion” you know that the host, Garrison Keillor, introduces his weekly story of Lake Woebegone by saying, “It’s been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone…” What follows reminds the listener it’s been anything but quiet.
That could be said for our little village of Oregon State University and, indeed, the whole nation. Last Friday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on same-sex marriage – that it’s legal in all 50 states – and ruled in favor of federal money used to fund affordable health care even in states that don’t want it. Since then, other important matters have been addressed and settled so far as the court is concerned as well. It’s been anything but a quiet week for us and for the nation.
The matter that probably hits closest to home is the ruling on same-sex marriage, especially as we are a Reconciling in Christ campus ministry https://www.reconcilingworks.org/what/ric/ric-synods.
Besides checking out which other ministries are designated RIC, you can read for yourself what our ELCA Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, has to say about same-sex marriage in her recent pastoral letter http://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Letter_on_Supreme_Court_Decision.pdf. Bottom line, ministries and ministers of the ELCA are not required to marry anyone, gay or straight. However, we are permitted to marry those who can legally be joined in matrimony. Our church is not of one mind about this so responsibility for deciding who can be married in congregations or ministries of our church are decided by each local faith community.
A while back I asked our Luther House Council if they would support me marrying same-sex couples, should it be allowed by law. They said a resounding, “Yes!” And so it’s settled. I will provide counseling and conversation for all people regarding marriage and I will marry same-sex couples just as I would heterosexual ones.
Luther House has long been committed to being a welcoming, safe and vibrant community of Christ’s hospitality. St. Benedict’s charge to his monks to “let all guests be welcomed as Christ” is not just a phrase but a commitment. It takes work and dedication to genuinely receive all who come through the door. Among other things, that’s what we at Lutheran Campus Ministry at OSU are resolved to embody – Christ’s love, mercy, grace, and inclusion for each and every person.
You are welcome here. Your friends are welcome here. Strangers are welcome here. Together we’ll make the holy work of welcome our duty and delight so that all experience the radical hospitality of Christ and help make it so through their own work and witness.
We are Lutheran Campus Ministry at Oregon State University