Our 8-day celebration of the Reformation kicks off
Sunday, Oct. 26, with an historic liturgy.
Throughout the octave, there will be opportunities
for worship, food, and education. Check out the
offerings listed below or join
our facebook event.
The Real Red Book Returns
Reformation Sunday (Oct. 26) 7:00 PM mass will
feature the hymns of three great Lutheran hymn
writers, Philip Nicolai (1608), Johann Heermann
(1647), and Paul Gerhardt (1676). Although the
original settings of their hymns were typical modal
and rhythmic, we'll be singing the isorhythmic
settings with Bach (or Bach-like) harmonies that
became popular among 20th-century American Lutherans
as an example of the on-going attempts at reform and
contextualization. All we be set within the Service
Book and Hymnal liturgy. The SBH
liturgy is a 1958 reworking of the 1888 Common
Service. It is remembered for its great 4-part
harmonies. After mass, there will be refreshments,
and compline will close off the evening at 9:00 PM.
If you would like to learn more about these hymn
Alley has a great blog post. We invite you join our
facebook event for this service.
Our Presbyterian and Episcopalian campus ministry
colleagues, The Rev. Dr. Shelly
Barrick Parsons and the Rev. Mike Hadaway, will
join us at the Lutheran Chapel as we explore the
origins of our respective movements, how they have
changed over the last 500 years, and the state of
relations between them. This ecumenical
panel discussion will be held at the Lutheran Campus
Chapel, Monday (Oct. 27), at 7:30 PM. Join
our facebook event for this conversation.
If It's Wurst, It Must Be Good
The annual Wurst Dinner on Campus will be served,
Tuesday (Oct. 28), beginning at 6:30 PM. Can't make
it at 6:30 PM? We'll continue serving until 7:30 PM.
Get ready for delicious wurst and traditional sides.
An RSVP would be helpful so that we don't run out of
potatoes. The best way to RSVP (and spread the word)
is through our
facebook event, make your RSVP today.
Road Trip to Gettysburg
We depart early Wednesday (Oct. 29) for the annual
Luther Colloquium held on the Gettysburg Seminary
campus. Scholars from the USA and Finland will be
lecturing on the ecumenical gift of Luther's
writings. There will also be an exhibit of rare
16th-century books. There is no charge, and
transportation is included. An RSVP is absolutely
necessary to arrange for transportation. Lunch will
be at Ernie's Texas Lunch, a great Gettysburg
best way to RSVP is through facebook.
Departing from out tradition of showing a "Luther
Movie," we'll, instead, hold a showing of the first
episode of the The
Decalogue, an amazing and somewhat
disturbing 1989 Polish film--actually a series of
short films. We'll be able to watch this in our much
improved undercroft. Showing The Decalogue
dovetails nicely with our study of Luther's
Catechism. Showtime is 8:30 PM on Thursday (Oct.
30). The film is a little under an hour in length.
Pop corn and refreshments are on the house. If you
would like to learn more about our series of classes
on Luther's catechisms, read "Was Ist Das?"
further down this page. Though not required, you may
What do you get when you squeeze all the politics,
economics, science, theology, warfare, and sex of
the Reformation into a table top game? You get Here
I Stand: Wars of the Reformation, 1517-1555.
The Mountaineer War College will be hosting a
session of this most amazing (and educational) game.
The MWC has found that tag team play works well,
especially for novice gamers. So, even if you can
only play for two or three hours, don't hesitate to
sign up. Also, you are more than welcome to stop by
and observe for as long as you like (even if it is
for just a few minutes). The Ninety-Five Theses get
nailed up (in the game) at 7:00 PM on Friday, Oct.
31---Reformation Day! Observers are welcome anytime.
Players need to RSVP
via facebook or by e-mail.
Can't plan anything for Saturday until we know when
the game will be held. Stay tuned for an
Red Book Reprisal
We close off the octave with a reprisal of the SBH
liturgy at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 2, (All Souls'
Day). Compline follows at 9:00 PM.
Was Ist Das? Catechesis on
"What does this mean (Was Ist Das)?" is
Martin Luther's repeated question as he explores the
fundamentals of the faith through his Small
Catechism. We'll take up Luther's Small
and Large Catechisms as our study series in
preparation for the 2017 quincentennial celebration
of the Lutheran Reformation. The catechisms are
amazing works in which theology and pastoral
sensitivity meet to explain the Ten Commandments
(Decalogue), the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer,
baptism, communion, and confession.
Our next session, titled, "All Vice and Lewdness,"
will be Thursday, Oct. 23, at 8:30 PM. The topic
will be the Sixth Commandment, "Thou shalt not
Sessions are held weekly at the Lutheran Campus
Chapel on Thursday nights, 8:30 PM (prior to
compline). As each session is self-contained, feel
free to jump in any week. Copies of the catechisms
can be found on-line. For the Small Catechism,
here. For the Large Catechism, click
here. Supplemental offerings (totally
optional) will pop up from time to time in the form
of movies, guest speakers, etc..
This course is appropriate for Lutherans and
non-Lutherans, anyone interested in historical
theology, those who have never studied the
catechisms, those who need a refresher, and those
who want to approach the catechisms at the
collegiate level. Non-students are welcome.
The Lutheran Student Movement, an officially
recognized WVU student club, will reorganize this
semester. Student input is sought on a range of
questions, including mission and scope of work at
WVU, relationship with the national LSM
organization, and relationship with the Lutheran
Campus Ministry at WVU. A reorganizational meeting
is being planned. More to be posted soon.
Young Adults in Global Mission: Recruiter Visit
How does a "a transformative,
year-long journey in international service" sound
to you? Daniel Crofts from Young Adults in Global
Mission (a program of the ELCA's Global Mission
program unit) will be on campus Oct. 28 to talk
with the curious. He'll be joining us for The
Wurst Dinner on Campus, and, after that (possibly
before too), there will be an opportunity for more
formal conversation. This program is open to ELCA
young adults. Deployment ages are 21-29, but it's
never too early to talk to a recruiter. RSVP
via facebook or contact
Chap. Riegel even if you can't make it
Tuesday night but are still interested.
We invite you to explore this website as your first
step to getting to know us. Truth be told: the
website doesn't do us justice. We can tell you
through print media (even on-line print media) about
ourselves, but that is not the same as experiencing
the Lutheran Campus Ministry.
How does one describe who we are and what we do? We
can use phrases like "smells & bells" or "Fides
quaerens intellectum" (faith seeking
understanding). We can boast about our sanctuary and
lounge, mention our confraternity and on-site
housing. The list could go on, but, at some point,
you'll just have to "come and see" as the disciple
Here's our promise to you: You get to walk through
the door, experience what's going on, and, then, you
are absolutely free to walk right back out. We're
not a cult. We don't hold people captive.
We also don't pretend to be what we are not. We're
not the largest, the loudest, or the flashiest
campus ministry. We are a place for prayer. We are a
place of Word & Sacrament as preached and
administered in the tradition of the Lutheran
Reformation. We are place for exploring the depths
of theology, history, and Holy Writ. We are a place
for a meal, a game of Scrabble, a siesta, a study
session, and even an escape from the craziness of
So, stop on by. Get some lemonade. Join us for
compline or sext. Drop us a line. Keep in contact
through social media and
emailings. Let's get to know each other and
see where things go from there.
Protestant & Monastic?
The two concepts are not antithetical, and there
is actually history to support it. Contrary to
popular opinion, Luther did not close the
monasteries. While he had sharp criticisms of what
monasticism has become by his day, we also wrote
several letters defending monastic foundations
from the local political rulers. Some monasteries
and convents actually converted to Lutheranism,
and the vestiges survey to this day in Germany.
Monastic foundations also continued in the
Anglican tradition, and, following W.W.II, a
rebirth of Protestant monasticism took place in
both the Lutheran and Reformed traditions. So,
what's that got to do with WVU?
This past year, we committed to the formation of
a confraternity, a local group of people who
desire to enter into a deeper, more disciplined
spirituality shaped buy daily prayer, Study of the
Word, Christian fellowship, and growth in
sanctification, as informed by the Lutheran and
The confraternity is open to men and women,
students, faculties, staff, and members of the
local community. Before joining, one can explore
confraternity as a guest and then postulant,
without making formal commitments.
In addition to the mutual support of the
confratres in things spiritual, the confraternity
also provides devotional resources, periodic
communal meals, an option for religious housing,
and the opportunity to make retreats in a Lutheran
More information will be posted soon. In the
meantime, we invite you to drop us a line
(Monk@LutheranMountaineer.org) or call us
Housing: Apply for Lutherhaus
If you are looking for a unique housing opportunity
in the WVU neighborhood, consider living in an
Lutherhaus is transitioning during this 2014-2015
into an "oblate house" in which residents pledge
themselves to daily prayer and life as a religious
community informed by Lutheran Benedictine
spirituality according to the model established by
the Congregation of the Servants of Christ (St.
Augustine's House). Residents will have
opportunities to make retreats at St. Augustine's
House, a Lutheran Benedictine monastery.
Housing agreements can be made for an entire year,
the summer, or a single semester. Sometimes
additional rooms open up as students opt for
Located directly behind the Chapel, Lutherhaus is
one block from the Beechhurst PRT and two from the
Mountainlair. Residential membership fee for the
oblate house is $500 per month (utilities included)
with a $50 rebate if no vehicle is brought by the
resident. Lutherhaus can lodge seven. Each resident
gets a private semi-furnished bedroom. There are
three shared baths and shared kitchen, living, and
Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Chap. Riegel for
more information on facebook, click here.
Summer Luther House
The Luther House has made some significant progress
since we began major structural repairs two years
With the west end of the building stabilized and
reinforced---a project requiring new interior
footers, two king beams, a good deal of jacking,
sistering of floor joists and construction of
replacement load-bearing walls, not to mention the
removal of more concrete than should ever have been
poured on a second floor---we were able to reopen
the dining room---you can see Christian enjoying it
in the photo below---and the living room. The NW
bedroom will be ready for use by the start of the
Attention has been turned to stabilization and
reinforcement of the east end of the house which
includes the staircase. The cosmetics on the living
room and renovation of the kitchen cannot take place
until this structural issue is addressed.
A little background: We discovered, in the process
of a minor wall repair, that load bearing elements
had been damaged in an earlier renovation of the
bathrooms (we think in the '40s or '50s).
Experienced workers are always a great help in such
a situation, but even the inexperienced can help.
There is plenty of hauling, holding, lifting, etc.,
and you might just learn some new skills in the