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Luther House is located near the OSU campus at 211 NW 23rd Street. The office phone number is 541.753.5213 and is generally open Monday through Thursday 9am to 6pm, and often on Sundays too.

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GRACEnotes

GRACEnotes, August 31

Today I conclude my work here at Luther House. The weeks leading up to this finale have been filled with lots of emotions, a fair amount of planning, and many wonderful heartfelt conversations. Without question, this work at Luther House has been amazing – full of surprises, wonders, and grace moments. For me, the best part is having known you – some of you pretty well, some not-so-well, but all of you amazing, bright, curious, compassionate, and spiritual. Thank you for your trust. Thank you for your generosity of spirit. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of sharing God's good news with you.

Some of you have told me I've made a difference in your life. If that's so, I'm honored and blessed to have done so. What you may not realize is that you've made a difference in my life too. You've kept me active. You pressed me to say better what I believe and live truer to Christ's values. In opening yourselves to me you've made a way for me to be more open with you. As I move on I carry you with me – memories of our work and witness and play and prayer and laughter and tears and hopes and dreams and... With my leave-taking comes my commitment to you that I'll keep holding you in prayer.

What parting words can I offer? Just these...

Work for peace and live peaceably with all people; you may be the only peace another person will ever know.
Welcome the stranger, embrace the exile, love your neighbor; by doing so you'll meet the Holy One.
Care for the earth and all its creatures, it's the only home we have; it doesn't belong to any one of us, it's a gift.
Ask big questions – answers are important but questions inspire the imagination.
Be kind to yourself; after all, God loves you. You do well to likewise love what God does.
Imitate Christ always; if necessary, use words.
Let your light shine; pray without ceasing; never lose hope.

Now, in more traditional words, let me sign off with this benediction:

May God bless you and keep you.
May God's face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May God look upon you with favor and give you peace. So be it. Amen.


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Lutheran Campus Ministry at Oregon State University

The name of the OSU-recognized student organization is called Lutheran Campus Ministry at OSU. It's one of many religious groups on campus that, together, form the Spiritual Life at OSU organization. LCM welcomes all students to participate in activities, programs, social events and service projects sponsored by the organization. It's governed by a Student Leadership Team. The SLT meets monthly, usually on Thursday evenings, to plan activities. LCM is part of the national Lutheran Student Movement organization LSM-USA.