This year (2016), we are celebrating 60 years of Lutheran Campus Ministry in Edmonton, and Richard Reimer’s 25th anniversary as chaplain! Do you have a memory to share, or a message for us? Please leave it in our guest book, by clicking on “Write a new entry”.
How wonderful to celebrate 60 years of Lutheran Campus Ministry on the UofA campus. We were fortunate to work with four different Lutheran campus chaplains over our long tenure at the University. Tom and I have been connected to this effort for many years – as board members, leaders for marriage preparation and student retreats, synod campus ministry committee member and chair and as recipients of the many other wonderful activities that the campus chaplains developed and offered. We watched the re- initiation of the Festivals of Lessons and Carols, a particularly important activity to begin the advent season for all of us. As UofA professors we know the importance of the ministry that our Campus Chaplains have provided to students and to professors as well. It is easy for students and professors to put their faith aside when they are studying and striving for academic achievements. But we believe this is a time in a person’s life and a place when faith must have a chance to grow and develop. As we carve out new roles and new knowledge, we need to enrich our faith experience as well. Our campus chaplains help us do that on a daily basis. And they help us all deal with the stresses that are so much a part of university life. Often I had a chance to introduce students to not only our Lutheran chaplain but to another of the chaplains who work together to give faith a place at the University. We especially valued the special opportunities that the chaplains offered to professors as we met for breakfast to explore faith issues as well. Our congregation, Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church in Edmonton, was fortunate to be able to interact with students and the campus chaplains in a personal way. When the congregation made the decision to close, it was an easy decision that Campus Ministry and especially Lutheran Campus Ministry at the UofA would be supported by a grant in perpetuity. We send our thanks to all the former Lutheran Campus Chaplains and especially to Chaplain Richard, our current chaplain, for his 25 years of dynamic leadership! And to Dana who has enriched his ministry with her special gifts. What a great partnership! Your energy and friendship is valued so much. The work of Lutheran Campus Ministry Edmonton has a rich legacy that gives us hope for a continued strong future leadership in our church. Drs. Tom and Dianne Kieren