We're Open for 2nd Term
The Lutheran Campus Chapel held the first mass of
the new term on Sunday, Jan. 11, celebrating the
Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord with the blessing
of the waters, including walk down to the Mon
River. Now, we are in our normal routine: mass,
Sunday night 7:00 PM; Sunday compline, 9:00 PM;
sext, Wednesday 12:00 PM; compline, Thursday, 9:45
PM; catechism class, Thursdays, 8:30 PM; and HSC
luncheon, Thursdays, noon.
Camera Records Petty Theft
One of the great challenges faced by any church
is finding the balance between accessibility and
security. the Lutheran Campus Ministry has tried
to err on the side of accessibility. A chapel does
very little good on campus if students, faculty,
and staff cannot come in and pray and share in
Christian fellowship. Over the years, there have
been the run of the mill problems: petty theft,
inappropriate use of the space, and a case of
desecration. Prompted by a rise in "things going
missing," we installed a security camera
system---a cheap off-the-shelf DIY kit. Last
night, it recorded the theft of our new coffee
maker. The theft took place while compline was
being prayed in the sanctuary. The thief is known
to us, contact has been made, and the return of
the coffee maker is expected later today.
Long Weekend Monastic Retreat
Unfortunately, we had to cancel
our long weekend retreat to the monastery; Chap.
Riegel came down with bronchitis. We are, however,
working on a spring break retreat. Details will be
Was Ist Das? Catechesis on Campus
"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've taken 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.
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..
Our next session, titled, "Honor and Good Report,"
will be Thursday, Jan. 22, at 8:30 PM. We'll be
wrapping up the commandments with the final two.
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.
Grand Aspirations Meets at Lutheran Campus
25 young adults have been meeting at the Lutheran
Campus Center for several days in early January. an
advance team arrived Tuesday, Jan. 6, and the last
of them pulled out the following Tuesday. They also
held their meals here, and over half bedded bedded
down in the chapel as well. Grand Aspirations, a
grass roots national organization dedicated to
environmentally sustainable economic development.
The regional gathering will wrap up its meetings
today (Jan. 12).
Looking forward to Spring 2015
In addition to items already mentioned on this page,
we have some other things in mind. Spring recess
will feature a retreat at St. Augstine's House. A
week-ling immersion in the Benedictine monastic
tradition is a spring break like none other. This
won't be the first time we've done this. Past
experience proves this to be something not to be
missed. For the Backyard Paintbrawl we'll be
inviting church youth groups to join us in the fun,
giving them a chance to mingle with collegians. Holy
week will feature a chanted Tenebrae and a joint
Easter Vigil among the additional prayer services.
That's just a little of what we have planned.
The newsletter has been printed, folded, stuffed,
and mailed. You can also download it here.
Protestant & Monastic?
A little history
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 had 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 will open to men and women,
students, faculties, staff, and members of the
local community. Before joining, one can explore
life in a 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
will also provides devotional resources, periodic
communal meals, an option for religious housing,
and the opportunity to make retreats in a Lutheran
When does this begin?
Officially, we'll establish the confraternity at
the beginning of Lent 2015. In the weeks between
now and then, we'll be talking about this
opportunity and answering questions. If you are
interested (or merely curious), we'd be happy to
send you a copy of the customary, answer any
questions you might have, or meet with you. Drop
us a line (Monk@LutheranMountaineer.org) or call
Housing: Apply for Lutherhaus
If you are looking for a unique housing opportunity
in the WVU neighborhood, consider living in an
Lutherhaus will become an "oblate house" with the
start of the 2015-2016 academic year. 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.