Lutherfest 2019
Pastor Jim

The Jim Norlie Campus Engagement Fund

With last summer's passing of Jim Norlie, our beloved Campus Pastor Emeritus, we lost a cherished partner of this ministry way too soon.  But Pastor Jim left behind a tremendous legacy of campus engagement which still lives on.... To read more, please visit this page.

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Remembering Jim Norlie

It’s been a year since we lost our friend and pastor emeritus, Jim Norlie. Below is a beautiful remembrance written by his pastors Netsie Griffith and Wendell Henderschott from Grace Lutheran Church in Corvallis marking the anniversary. Their words inspire gratitude and an earnest desire to honor our LGBTQ neighbors more faithfully for having known our dear brother.

A year ago today, July 3, 2019, the person we knew as Jim or Pastor Jim took his final leave from us. We were able to spend only a little over ten years getting to know Jim as a pastoral colleague, a caring pastor, an earnest teacher, a provocative preacher, a thoughtful worship planner, a creative thinker, a hiking partner, a faithful friend, and one who appreciated good wine, well-played music, and carefully-crafted art. Many at Grace knew Pr. Jim as a guest preacher, teacher and worship leader as well as a faithful, caring member of this congregation.

Grace Lutheran was his congregation. It was the community of faith in which he both received and occasionally presided over Holy Communion and shared in our sung and spoken prayers; the community in which he received the preaching of others and offered his own; the community in which he rejoiced over baptisms and baptized others; and the community in which he was nurtured in faith and nurtured many others in faith.

What was not publicly known and acknowledged by us, his community of faith, until the last year of his life was the heavy burden he carried that no one should ever have to carry. At the time in his life when Jim found that one person to whom he chose to give his heart, from then on, he had to live with a divided heart. Jim also had given and continued to give his heart to the church he served as an ordained pastor. Yet, at that time, to reveal and publicly acknowledge the one would mean to lose the other.

Jim loved both too fiercely to forsake either, so he chose that heavy burden of covering, protecting and closeting a relationship that should have been known, celebrated and shared. Jim and Steve Bender were married in November of 2018 in a private ceremony shared with close friends. Jim greatly desired to have a public celebration of their marriage to which the members of this community of faith were to be invited. Yet, the rapid progression of Jim’s cancer prevented that dream from coming to fruition.

We are so grateful for that Sunday when, during a Sunday morning worship service at Grace, we could publicly announce Jim’s and Steve’s relationship. It was moving beyond words for the members of this community of faith to then rise to their feet and give a standing ovation in affirmation of this highly respected brother member of the congregation and his 22 year loving relationship with Steve.

We rejoice that, before he died, Jim’s burden of keeping such an important part of his life secret from all but family could be lifted. Yet, with this rejoicing also comes the pain that it took so long, and it came at a time when the quality and longevity of Jim’s life was being taken from him. As a church body, as a congregation, as individuals, may we, in memory of Jim, vow that we will do that which we are able to prevent others from carrying such burdens.

From us who were privileged to have shared cherished and important days of ministry with Jim,

Pastor Netsie and Pastor Wendell

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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.