To Swim with the Salmon: Spirituality and Ecojustice in the Pacific Northwest

This project grew out of an endeavor by seven parish clergy and two religion professors to carry out our pastoral and teaching vocations more effectively in the beautiful but challenging environment of the Pacific Northwest. Our group was convened in March of 2004 by Dr. Patricia Killen and Dr. Samuel Torvend of Pacific Lutheran University’s Center for the Study of Religion, Cultures, and Society.

In December of 2005, we received a generous grant from the Louisville Institute allowing us to meet with some leading social, cultural, and artistic voices of our region for conversations about the place we all share in common. On April 25, 2009, “To Swim with the Salmon: Spirituality and Ecojustice in the Pacific Northwest” attracted folks from academic and faith communities to think, talk, pray and act in behalf of the sacramental commons we share in the Pacific Northwest.

Salmon Conference home page


James McCauley Faith and Science Library. This collection of theological and scientific writings about the natural world was established in 1978 by the family of OSU professor of oceanography James McCauley in his memory. Nearly 200 works are available for study at Luther House or to borrow on short-term loan. More editions are added periodically.

Upper Room Center for Spirituality. The upper room offers a quiet meeting room for small groups as well as a place to read, pray and reflect. It boasts a large collection of spiritual works from classic to contemporary writings on the spiritual life. Donated by spiritual director Elin Stetz, these resources can be borrowed for research or personal edification.

The Jim Norlie Campus Engagement Fund

While serving at Luther House, Pastor Jim delighted in the rich variety of academic pursuits at OSU and he joined in common cause with faculty, international students, and those from different faiths whenever opportunity arose.

To continue building upon this rich legacy, Luther House has established this special fund for outreach initiatives in Pastor Jim’s honor. Formerly known as the Jim Norlie Campus Pastor Emeritus Fund, gifts donated to this fund are invested in programs that expand the reach and impact of our ministry.

A hopeful future for the Lutheran church requires building our capacity to serve as witnesses to the gospel to people outside of the Lutheran family. Situated on a worldly university campus, Luther House is uniquely positioned to be a leader in this effort. Consider making a gift today!

Local Faith Communities

Corvallis Mennonite FellowshipCorvallis
Emmaus Lutheran ChurchEugene
Faith Lutheran ChurchAlbany
Faith Lutheran ChurchJunction City
Good Shepherd Lutheran ChurchAlbany
Grace Lutheran ChurchCorvallis
Holy Cross Lutheran ChurchAlbany
Immanuel Lutheran ChurchAlbany
Immanuel Lutheran ChurchSilverton
Our Savior’s Lutheran ChurchLebanon
Peace Lutheran ChurchPhilomath
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran ChurchCorvallis
St. Mark Lutheran ChurchSalem

ELCA Oregon Synod

Oregon Synod home page