Coming to WVU?
To all the incoming WVU students (first years,
transfers, and new grad students), welcome!
Welcome also to the parents, pastors, family
members, significant others, and friends of the
same! This will be as much a transition for you as
it is for them.
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 Reformation tradition. 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 an even an
escape from the craziness of college.
So, stop on by. Get some lemonade. Join us for
compline or sext. Drop us a line. Let's get to know
each other and see where things go from there.
That title is a little deceiving. The Lutheran
Campus Chapel will not hold regular worship services
during the summer. Our next regularly scheduled
service will be mass on Sunday, August 17, 7:00 PM,
the night before fall term classes begin.
St. Paul Lutheran Church (Evansdale) will hold mass
every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM throughout the
New Student Orientation
We will be engaged in New Student Orientation,
hosting a table at the NSO Activities Fair every
afternoon of NSO through the month of June. If you
are coming to campus, please be sure to visit us at
the activities fair. If you are on campus and would
like to help staff the table, contact Chap. Riegel.
Housing: Apply for Luther House
If you are looking for a unique housing opportunity
in the WVU neighborhood, consider living in an
Luther House will transition during the 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
overseas studies. Located directly behind the
Chapel, Luther House 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.
Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Chap. Riegel for
more information on facebook, click here.
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, but we
invite you to drop us a line
(Monk@LutheranMountaineer.org), call us
(304-680-5388), visit us at the New Student
Orientation activities fair, or stop by the Chapel
when school begins
Summer Undercroft Renovations
Last summer, we demolished and rebuilt the restrooms
and kitchen in the Chapel. This summer, we finish
off the undercroft. To the right is only part of the
Gannt chart for this project. We've begun the work.
Pray for us.
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