Faith development is an integral component of any student’s experience at Luther Seminary. Luther Seminary nurtures a strong faith community through daily chapel, musical ensembles, spiritual formation and ecumenical activities.
Worship activities are coordinated by the seminary pastor and chapel staff.
Worship is at the center of our life together. For that reason we gather for chapel every day that we have class as we set time aside for prayer, praise and proclamation of the gospel through word, sacrament, music and silence.
While rooted in the Lutheran tradition, worship of God at Luther Seminary reflects the rich diversity and traditions of our community. From Taizé services to contemporary praise music, to traditional hymnody and global music, we incorporate these varied expressions while making a joyful noise. Faculty, staff, students from all degree programs, international students, and guests from the wider church community all join together to preach and offer their gifts and passions in worship and music leadership.
The choir is open to students, faculty, staff, family members, and friends of the seminary community. All are welcome. The ability to read notated music is helpful but not required. Send an email to email@example.com to keep informed about the Seminary choir.
Other community participation
Luther community members also contribute to worship life through additional volunteer opportunities:
- Assisting Ministers, Communion Assistants, Ushers/Greeters
- Cantors/Songs Leaders who help lead congregational singing
- A pickup brass ensemble which occasionally accompanies worship
- Various instrumental and vocal groups (contemporary and global)
- Liturgical Visual Art
- Liturgical dance and movement
Contact the chapel office if you are interested in volunteering for various leadership roles in worship.
Occasional student recitals, morning and evening prayer services, healing services, hymn sings and festival worship are conducted in one of several chapels on campus:
- Chapel of the Incarnation in the Olson Campus Center
- The Meditation Chapel in the Olson Campus Center
- The small chapel in Bockman Hall
- Historic Old Muskego Church on the campus
* See our campus map for chapel locations!
Grow in relationship with God
Spiritual formation describes a whole host of practices or disciplines that enable us to grow in our relationship with God. Some of the traditional practices include:
- Spiritual reading
- Spiritual direction
- Spiritual care groups
- 12-step support groups
Spiritual care groups
All students are encouraged to take part in a spiritual care group. These small groups provide a regular opportunity for Christian fellowship centered on Scripture, prayer and mutual conversation around vocation and service. Spiritual care groups are open to students in all degree programs and are led by members of the faculty and staff along with Ph.D. students and returning seniors.
Spiritual direction is a practice which pairs an individual who has been trained in the art of Christian listening with a person or a small group of individuals interested in tending to their spiritual lives. Through attentive listening to God and to the Holy Spirit’s presence and movement in the stories, questions, and experiences of an individual, the spiritual director offers wisdom and encouragement to those seeking a deeper relationship with God.
How do I find a spiritual director?
There are several options:
- Group direction: We have enlisted qualified and trained spiritual directors who are willing to provide group direction at no cost. You may form your own group, or we will help connect you with a group. If you are interested in this form of spiritual direction, contact the seminary pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Individual direction: The following organizations offer individual spiritual direction which you may arrange on your own. Most of these have a fee of $60-75 an hour, but many also say they will negotiate the rate based on the student’s ability to pay.
- Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality, 1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul), 651-696-2798
- Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, 651-653-8207, email@example.com
- Loyola Spirituality Center, 389 N. Oxford Street, St. Paul, 651-955-4292
- Benedictine Center, 651-777-7251, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Benedictine Center also offers its space for a quiet time apart as does the Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp in Amery, Wisconsin. Most of the centers listed above offer a wide range of other spiritual practices as well.
During the academic year, there are occasional opportunities over Reading Days for students to take part in a hermitage retreat at Pacem in Terris. A hermitage is a holy dwelling place, a simple but comfortable prayer cabin that enables those on retreat from the burdens of everyday life to be more fully attentive to the presence of God. Retreat goers will stay by themselves in the hermitage in order to experience a sanctuary of silence and solitude.
Welcoming diverse Christian faith traditions
Luther Seminary students come from a variety of Christian faith traditions. More than 35 denominations are represented among the 120+ ecumenical students enrolled at Luther Seminary. This represents nearly a third of the student body. The seminary recognizes that the presence of and appreciation for individuals from a variety of Christian traditions is one of the strengths of an excellent theological education.
Faculty members at Luther Seminary are Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopalian, Catholic and Coptic Orthodox Christians. This diversity is a gift not only to the seminary, but to the church as a whole.
- Faculty and staff work with ecumenical students to find resources for meeting both degree and denominational course requirements.
- Ecumenical students are invited to gather together informally throughout the school year to build relationships.
Ecumenical students ask important questions, challenge longstanding assumptions and contribute substantively to theological conversation. Students of all denominations benefit from greater ecumenical diversity at Luther Seminary.
Methodist House of Studies
Luther Seminary is committed to supporting our Methodist and Wesleyan students. We have two United Methodist Church faculty member: Joy J. Moore (Biblical Preaching) and Alan G. Padgett (Systematic Theology). Our Methodist House of Studies is a community where and when Methodist students gather for special events. It is not a physical space, but a place where Methodists can come together for koinonia.
As Methodist students work on their theological degrees at Luther Seminary, the House of Studies will give them the opportunity to:
- Prepare for Methodist ministry: Given the robust seminary curriculum and engagement with local clergy, students can strengthen their own distinct faith identity and understanding of Wesleyan theology to enhance their leadership in Methodist contexts.
- Get advice: Alan Padgett serves as a mentor and advisor to students.
- Connect with other Methodists: There are informal meetings and occasional special chapels featuring faculty advisors, students and local clergy from the Methodist tradition, in order to build relationships, support and encourage each other, talk about faith matters and connect with others regarding opportunities in area churches