The Lutheran Center invites St. Olaf Community members to join in our All-Community Read for Fall 2023: So That All May Flourish: The Aims of Lutheran Higher Education, a book which features work by St. Olaf faculty Drs. Deanna Thompson ‘89, Anthony Bateza and Anton Armstrong ‘78 as well as faculty from other institutions belonging to the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities (NECU) and highlights the core commitments, signature strengths, and contemporary callings of these colleges. Fill out a form here if you wish to take part in the All-Community Read.
The launch for our All-Community Read for this year will be at a breakfast gathering and conversation on Thursday, September 21st from 8:30-9:30 am in the Trollhaugen Room. The launch will feature Drs. Thompson, Bateza and Armstrong speaking as well as conversation with staff, faculty, and student colleagues. To sign up to attend the launch click here.
Community Education Courses
We host community education courses in the Winter and Summer. Find out about them here.
“What Nourishes You?” Monthly Meal Conversations
The Lutheran Center hosts monthly meal conversations for staff and faculty on what nourishes them and contribute to their well-being. Each meal features a St. Olaf staff or faculty member who responds to the question “What Nourishes You?” Each month features a different speaker.
The speaker list for this semester is:
Tuesday, September 26th at 8:30 AM BC143 Peter Schattauer, Associate Director of Lutheran Center Sign up here to attend.
Thursday, October 19th at 12 PM BC144 Rehanna Kheshgi, Assistant Professor of Music – Ethnomusicology
Wednesday November 8th at 8:30 AM BC143 Martin Olague, Director of the Taylor Center
Tuesday December 5th at 12 PM BC143 Trish Zimmerman, Associate Professor of Practice in Religion
Student Interreligious Circle
In partnership with College Ministry, the Lutheran Center established the Student Interreligous Circle, made up of students from a variety of traditions including Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Humanist. These students explore with one another how their own religious/non-religious identities inform how they live and how learning more about other identities inform, challenge, and enrich their understanding of who they are individually and as a member of a diverse community like St. Olaf.
Student Interfaith Fellows assist the Lutheran Center in working to deepen campus understanding of the role that religious identity plays in many people’s lives and of the importance of interfaith (including non-religious) education and cooperation on campus and beyond. Fellows plan interfaith events for the campus community, deliver chapel talks and serve on the Lutheran Center Steering Committee, among other duties. Meet our 2022-2023 Interfaith Fellows!
The Lutheran Center partners with Rev. Kelly Chatman and the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement (CLNE) to offer summer internships to St. Olaf students. Based in North Minneapolis, CLNE is a faith-based organization working to network and equip individuals and communities to authentically engage their neighbors with compassion and cultural competency. Internship positions include community-based research, community gardening and youth development. Hear about the experiences of our 2020 summer interns.
Conference on Worship, Theology, and the Arts
The Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts (CWTA) offers professional development, spiritual nourishment and networking opportunities for people engaged in congregational ministry. Pastors, church musicians, artists and lay leaders from many denominations and congregations of varying sizes participate in the conference, which is hosted at St. Olaf. The conference offers ideas and practices that participants can readily incorporate into worship in their own congregations.