On 24 September 2012, Anglican Bishop Michael Ingham delivered the 37th Luther Lecture, entitled “Finding the Postmodern Balance: Evangelical, Catholic, Liberal”. In his lecture, Bishop Ingham asserted that labels such as “evangelical”, “catholic” or “liberal” were no longer relevant in the same way to younger postmodern Christians as they were to an older generation. The new generation of believers resist labels, value diversity, is comfortable with a scientific worldview, and distrust institutions, including religious ones. Contrary to pessimistic accounts that “the church is dying”, Bishop Ingham instead argued that “the church is changing”. He counseled listeners to “pay more attention to the people coming to our churches than to those who are leaving”. The lecture attracted close to 200 people to the Rex Schneider Auditorium at Luther College, and was followed by a reception in the academic wing.
- Dr F Volker Greifenhagencontinued as Academic Dean who in July 2011 replaced Dr Mary Vetter who had served as Dean since 1 July 2005;
- Dr Yvonne Petrycontinued as Assistant Dean, a position that was vacated in July 2011 by Dr Greifenhagen after having served as Assistant Dean since 1 July 2005;
- Dr Francesco Freddolinijoined the faculty on 1 July 2012 as the new Art Historian;
- Dr Regan Shercliffe, Psychology, returned from a two year leave with the United Nations, but then officially began a 3-year extended leave of absence in June 2013 to work with the UN in Amman, Jordan;
- Amy Hunterjoined the staff in August 2012 as the new Recruitment manager replacing Jill Cameron;
- Cindy Gureljoined the staff in March 2013 as the new Administrative clerk replacing Darlene Pushkarenko;
- Mandy Selingerjoined our staff in April 2013 as the new Accounting & payroll officer replacing Hattie Huang;
- Kimberley Lawrencejoined our staff in May 2013 as the new Financial Analyst replacing Landy Zhong;
The average number of full-time Luther students registered at Luther College for the 2012-13 fiscal period (ie Fall 2012 & Winter 2013 semester) was 467.
The Studentsfirst program, initiated in September 2011, continued for a second year with Coordinator Selene Deschenes. Highlights included the piloting of UPrep, an intensive university preparation experience in August (and continuing through the first semester) for international students, and of August Preview, a similar program for domestic students, also in August. As well, Momentum, a program connecting Luther alumni with current students in seminars dedicated to support for university and career success, was launched.
Luther College at the University of Regina (LCUR) is one of three federated colleges at the U of R. The Forward Together Lecture highlights the four institutions’ joint commitment to a common academic and social purpose that promotes inclusiveness, understanding, social justice and human rights. Co-sponsored by the four presidents of these institutions, the fifth annual Forward Together Lecture was held on Tuesday 26 March 2013. The guest lecturer was Dr Buffy Saint-Marie who spoke about detoxifying Aboriginal self-identity.
The 2012-13 fiscal year was another busy and productive period for the University campus faculty. Members of the faculty continued to undertake research and publish papers, attend conferences, receive grants and awards, and serve the church and greater communities. The following is a list of faculty activities and achievements:
Service to the church
· Dr Volker Greifenhagen was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Association of Teaching Theologians which met in Columbus, Ohio, 12-15 August 2012.
· Dr Volker Greifenhagen led a forum entitled “Christian-Muslim Dialogue” at the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering on 18 August 2012.
· Dr Bryan Hillis presented a talk on October 14, 2012 titled “Images of Jesus: Further Reflections” to the “Food for the Body and Soul” series, a joint effort of Our Savior’s Lutheran and All Saints Anglican.
· Dr Richard Hordern spent much time during this year locating and organizing information in the archives as part of the process of writing a book on the history of Luther College, 1913 – 2013, to be published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary celebrations in the Fall of 2013.
Awards and recognition
· The volume Music at German Courts, 1715-1760: Changing Artistic Priorities (Boydell Press, 2011) which Dr Barbara Reul co-edited, co-translated and contributed to as an author, was favourably reviewed by: Allan Maddox in Musicology Australia vol. 34, no. 1 (2012): 125-27; Michael Robertson in Eighteenth-Century Music vol. 10 (2012): 263-265; Evan Cortens in MLA Notes (September 2012): 96-98, and in the Australian journal Stringendo (October 2012): 68. The book was awarded the 2012 Medal of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) for its outstanding index, on 31 October 2012.
· Dr Mark Anderson and Dr Carmen Robertson’s book Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers, 2011, received favorable reviews on the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA)’s website, the Turtle Island Native Network’s Forums (Nov. 2011), and in the Wawatay News (May 24, 2012, Volume 39, No. 13), in addition to reviews in Canadian Literature’s Issue 213 (Spring 2012), CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 49.8 (April 2012), Great Plains Quarterly, Fall 2012 and Journalism History (Spring 2012). Drs Anderson and Robertson also participated in a broadcasted interview for At The Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research on the University of Manitoba’s UMFM 101.5 FM in Winnipeg Manitoba on 14 March 2012.
· Dr Dorothy Lane was mentioned in a review of Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century, for which she contributed a chapter. The review appeared in CHIMO: the news journal of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS), on 12 May 2013.
Articles and books
· Professor Gerry Hill, along with designer Jared Carlson, has published Hillsdale, a Map, a full-colour, folding map of Hillsdale (a subdivision of south Regina) which features “65 Points of Historical Interest”. The map was launched on 7 September 2012.
· Dr Dorothy Lane published “Trading Places in the Promised Lands: Indian Pilgrimage Paradigms in Postcolonial Travel Narratives” in the book Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century. B. Ashcroft, R. Mendis, J. McGonegal, and A. Mukherjee (eds.) Amsterdam-New York, NY: Editions Rodopi B.V., 2012, pp 245-268.
· Dr Barbara Reul co-edited and translated from German into English the 2012 issue of Faschiana, the annual newsletter of the International Fasch Society; published online, (see www.fasch.net). She also contributed a short review of the compact disc "Pisendel [Fasch, Heinichen, Telemann, Handel] - Violin concertos from Dresden", International Baroque Players, dir. and violin soloist Johannes Pramsohler, Raumklang B006Z10B66, 2011.
· Dr Barbara Reul contributed a report entitled "Organ Triathlon at the Victoria International Organ Festival, 25-27 July 2012" to the September 2012 issue of Pro Organo, the newsletter of the Victoria Centre, Royal Canadian College of Organists, pp. 5-7.
· Professor Gerry Hill published four poems in Fall 2012 edition of The Windsor Review. His poems, “The Easy Flynn”, “The Grand-Dad Inn”, “The Look Back Inn”, and “The Inn with the Rest of the Names” are portraits of imaginary pubs from a series called "Scottish Pub Scrawls", based on, sometimes written in, various pubs south of Edinburgh.
· Dr Roger Petry co-edited a book with Dr Zinaida Fadeeva and Dr Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana published by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies entitled Towards More Sustainable Consumption and Production Systems and Sustainable Livelihoods. He also co-authored the lead editorial/introduction entitled "Learning and Innovation for Greener and Socially Just Societies" pp. 8-27, with Dr Fadeeva and Dr Payyappallimana, Chapter 9, "Advancing Sustainable Livelihoods with Equipment Centred Learning and Sharing", pp. 72-77, with Dr Darryl Hepting and Dr Garth Pickard, and authored Chapter 15, "Achieving Sustainable Production Systems through New Multi-Sectoral Scholarly Partnerships: Parallel's Between the U.N. University's RCE Initiative and the Earlier Rise of Humanism and Science", pp. 110-123. The book was officially launched at the 7th Global RCE Conference in Tongyeong, Republic of Korea, from, from 21-24 September 2012. The case studies in the book that R Petry assisted editing (in addition to the one he authored from RCE Saskatchewan) and the editorial were also presented at a meeting of U.N. Agencies at the “Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: The Future We Want” held from 20-22 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
· Dr Barbara Reul wrote liner notes ("Introduction", pp. 6-9) for a newly released recording on the Chandos label entitled Fasch: Orchestral Works, Volume 3 (CHAN 0791, Sept. 2011), which features the Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, dir. Richard Stone and Gwen Roberts.
· Dr Barbara Reul’s review of the Victoria International Organ Festival ("Organ Triathlon...", 25-27 July 2012) was published in the September 2011 issue of Organ Canada, pp. 16-17.
· Dr Volker Greifenhagen contributed the entry "Qur’an, the Bible in the.", (pp. 426-427) for the Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture, edited by Mary Ann Beavis and Michael J. Gilmour, Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012.
· Professor Gerry Hill’s chapbook Streetpieces, was published by The Alfred Gustav Press in North Vancouver, and contains poems written on, and about, the streets of Hillsdale. They will appear with the rest of their mates in book form in the spring of 2014 from NeWest Press.
· Dr Yvonne Petry’s, "Vision, Medicine and Magic: Bewitchment and Lovesickness in Jacques Grevin's Deux livres des venins (1568)", was recently published in Religion and the Senses in Early Modern Europe. Edited by Wietse de Boer and Christine Gottler. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013. 455-472.
· Dr Yvonne Petry published a review of James R. Payton Jr., Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings (IVP Academic, 2010) in Fides et historia 44, no.1 (2012), 106-7.
· Dr Volker Greifenhagen contributed three articles to Mark Roncace and Joseph Weaver’s Global Perspectives on the Bible (Upper Saddle River: Pearson: 2013): “A Comparison of Genesis 22 to the Qur’an” (pp.30-32), “The Annunciation to Mary in the Qur’an” (pp. 312-214) and “A Comparison of Jesus’ Miracles in the Qur’an and the Gospels” (pp. 267-270).
· Dr Mary Hampton and Elder Betty McKenna’s article “Why Do We Offer Cloth and Tobacco to Aboriginal Elders?” appeared in the February 2013 issue of RESOLVE news.
· Former sessional, Bridget Keating, recently published her first book of poems titled, Red Ceiling, with Regina’s Hagios Press through its Strike Fire New Author Series.
· Dr Francesco Freddolini published a book entitled Giovanni Baratta 1670-1747.
Scultura e Industria del Marmo tra la Toscana e le Corti d'Europa [Giovanni Baratta 1670-1747. Sculpture and the Industry of Marble between Tuscany and the Courts of Europe] (Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider 2013). The book was officially launched in Italy on 8 June 2013 at the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara, which was established in 1769 by developing Baratta’s school of sculpture. The book launch event also celebrated the origins of the institute.
· Dr Brenda Anderson and Dr Volker Greifenhagen, in collaboration with four other faculty members across Canada, were awarded an Insight Grant of $482 000 through SSHRC, for a five year project on New Muslim public spheres in the digital age: identity, community, diversity and authority in Canada. Roxanne Marcotte from Université du Québec à Montréal will serve as the key investigator, with Dr Anderson serving as one of three co-investigators and Dr Greifenhagen as a collaborator.
· Dr Iqbal Husain presented “Non-Newtonian Pulsatile Blood Flow in a Modeled Artery with a Stenosis and an Aneurysm” at the 7th WSEAS International Conference on Continuum Mechanics in Kos Island, Greece, 14-17 July 2012. He, along with Radim Cajka, also chaired this session entitled “Numerical Analysis in Continuum Mechanics” on 14 July 2012.
· Dr Fotini Labropulu presented “Viscoelastic Mixed Convection Fluid Flow Over a Vertical Stretching Surface” at the 7th WSEAS International Conference on Continuum Mechanics in Kos Island, Greece, 14-17 July 2012. She, along with Berenika Hausnerova, chaired this session entitled “Simulation and Modelling in Mechanics” on 16 July 2012.
· Dr Barbara Reul presented a paper entitled "It's a privilege - New insights on trumpeters at the court of Anhalt-Zerbst" at the 15th Biennial International Baroque Music Conference at the University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, on 12 July 2012.
· Dr Roger Petry presented on the "RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Event" during the 7th Global RCE Conference in Tongyeong, at the Parallel Session II entitled "ESD Good Practice Cases"; and subsequently received an award for this entry from the UN University at the closing ceremony on 24 September 2012; many features of the RCE Saskatchewan recognition event have been adopted into the UN University's award program.
· Dr Roger Petry acted as note-taker and assisted facilitation of the session “Sustainable Consumption and Production, livelihood and well-being” on 22 September 2012 at the 7th Global RCE Conference in Tongyeong. He also chaired the “Continental Discussion of RCEs in the Americas”, and co-chaired the session on “Research and Development” on 23 September 2012, and assisted in drafting and editing the “Tongyeong RCE Declaration 2012” and “Positioning of RCEs” documents with UN University officials; these were subsequently proclaimed at the closing ceremony on 23 September 2012.
· Dr Brenda Anderson provided the introduction for keynote speaker Senator Lillian Dyck at the RESOLVE Research Day 2012 on 19 October 2012; she also co-presented with Dr. Wendee Kubik on "Continuing the Journey of Justice and Healing for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: Examining Parallels between the Australian and Canadian contexts", and co-presented with Dr Volker Greifenhagen on "Veiled Threats? Saskatchewan Muslim Women on the Interaction of Gender, Muslim Identity and Security Perceptions".
· Dr Mark Anderson presented a paper entitled “Revenge of the Virgin, or How Popular Culture Rebirthed the United States in its War with Mexico, 1846-1848." at the fifth annual Congreso Internacional, "Multidisciplinary Views on Popular Culture," at the University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo campus, 26 October 2012.
· Dr Francesco Freddolini, along with Professor Cinzia Sicca Bursill-Hall, University of Pisa, co-organised and chaired a session at the 2012 Universities Art Association of Canada Conference at Concordia University, Montreal, 1-3 November 2012. The title of F Freddolini’s session was “New Light on the Workshop: Display, Self-Fashioning, and Self-Promotion in the Early Modern Period”.
· Dr Volker Greifenhagen co-presented with Dr Brenda Anderson on "Veiled Threats? Saskatchewan Muslim Women on the Interaction of Gender, Muslim Identity and Security Perceptions" at the 2012 RESOLVE Research Day on 19 October 2012.
· Dr Mary Hampton opened RESOLVE Research Day 2012 with a Welcome Address on 18 October 2012. She also co-presented “Summary of Healing Journey presentations – analyses conducted” with Maria Hendrika and S Brunyninx, in addition to hosting a session.
· Professor Gerry Hill hosted two sessions at the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Conference held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from 25-28 October 2012.
· Dr Barbara Reul presented a paper entitled "He exercises an unholy mesmerism over his audience - Graham Steed (1913-1999) on Glenn Gould (1932-1982)" at the 2012 Convention of the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers' Association, held 20 October 2012.
· Dr Francessco Freddolini co-organised and co-chaired with Anne Helmreich, The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, a session entitled “Material and Narrative Histories: Rethinking the Approach to Inventories and Catalogues” at the 101st College Art Association Annual Conference in New York, 14-16 February 2013.
· Dr Yvonne Petry and Dr Regan Shercliffe co-authored a paper titled “The Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychic Trauma: A Comparative Analysis of Possession and PTSD.” Dr Petry presented the paper at the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, which met in Charleston, South Carolina from 21-23 February 2013.
· Dr Francesco Freddolini presented a paper on 4 April 2013, at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in San Diego, California, entitled, "Training, Collaboration and Independence: The Beginning Years of Early Modern Florentine Sculptors", and also chaired one of the four sessions.
· Dr Volker Greifenhagen presented a paper entitled "Mormons and the Qur'an: The making of some theological, literary and historical connections" on 3 May 2013 at the Pacific Northwestern Regional Meeting of AAR/SBL/ASOR at Seattle University in Seattle.
· Dr Barbara Reul gave a paper on 19 April 2013 entitled "Fasch and the trumpet(ers) - a hitherto-unknown Anhalt-Zerbst trumpeter mandate from 1728" on the occasion of the Twelfth International Fasch Festival in Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany. On 21 April, she also spoke at the unveiling of a memorial stone on the Neue Bruecke Street in Zerbst which honours Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758), director of music at the German court of Anhalt-Zerbst for over 36 years; drawing from primary source documents, Dr. Reul had previously helped determine that Fasch rented a house on that street in 1743.
· Dr Francesco Freddolini gave a paper on 23 May 2013 entitled "La Guida e la Collezione: Allestimento e Strategie della Narrazione nelle Bellezze della Citta' di Fiorenza" [The Guidebook and the Collection: Display and Narrative Strategies in "The Beauties of the City of Florence"" at the conference entitled Inventari e Cataloghi: Collezionismo e Stili di Vita negli Stati Italiani di Antico Regime [Inventories and Catalogues: Collecting and Life Styles in the Italian Early Modern States], at the University of Pisa, Italy. Dr Freddolini also chaired a session at the conference, entitled "Spazi dell'abitare, stili di vita, esibizione del proprio status" [Interior spaces, life styles, display of status].
· Dr Volker Greifenhagen presented a paper entitled, “Qu’ran and Bible: From Geiger to Reynolds” at the 2013 Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences in Victoria, British Columbia, 3 June 2013.
· Dr Dorothy Lane chaired a session titled "Rewriting the African as Marginalized Subject and Sounding Africa's Peripheries" at the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS) at the University of Victoria on 2 June 2013.
· Dr Roger Petry, acted as MC for the RCE Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Awards held in Nipawin, Saskatchewan on 8 May 2013; he also chaired the RCE's "Connecting the Dots" networking session at the conference and chaired all the meetings of the organising committee, which began planning for the Recognition Event in November 2012.
· Dr Roger Petry presented at the "Education for Sustainability in Rural and Remote Regions" event held in Nipawin on 9 May 2013, organised by the Northern Economy Sustainability Team of Action (NESTA). Dr Petry provided a synthesis of findings from the day's activities.
· Dr Mary Hampton, along with Dr. Carrie Bourasssa, presented on The Aboriginal End of Life Care Panel and Aboriginal End of Life Care, at the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s Out of the Shadows: Extending the boundaries of Hospice Palliative Care conference held in Regina, Saskatchewan from 13-14 June 2013.
Service to the community
· Dr Brenda Anderson gave a presentation on 22 August 2012 to Farm Credit Canada at a “Lunch and Learn” cultural diversity training entitled “Islam and the Mythbusters: Celebrating Muslims in Canada.”
· Dr Francesco Freddolini gave a talk on 14 September 2012 entitled "Fashioning Families Identities at the Medici Court. Patronage and Display in the Riccardi Palaces, c. 1586-1685." As part of the Faculty of Fine Arts Presentation Series.
· Dr Francesco Freddolini gave a talk entitled “Vision and Touch in Renaissance Portraits of Collectors” at the MacKenzie Art Gallery on 19 September 2012.
· Dr Brenda Anderson made a presentation on 26 September 2012 to Saskatchewan Police College Diversity Training on "The Shari'a and 'Honour' Crimes in Canada".
· Dr Brenda Anderson acted as a moderator for MATCH International Feminists Event at FNUC for a cross-Canada Nobel Women's Peace Initiative with speakers from Palestine, Mexico and Sudan on 2 October 2012.
· Dr Brenda Anderson spoke for Luther’s Momentum series: “What I did with my BA”, held 2 October 2012.
· Dr Brenda Anderson served on two panels for Amnesty International's "Get Active with Amnesty" student event on 13 October 2012. The panels were entitled, "Hopeful Signs and Recent Achievements in Human Rights" and "Stopping Racist and Sexist Attacks against Indigenous Women: A Dialogue and Sharing of Ideas to Bring About Real Change."
· Dr Mark Anderson presented at the Department of History Colloquium, “And Ever Shall Be: America’s Frontier Wars, an Introduction”, held 19 October 2012.
· Dr Regan Shercliffe was a consultant at the UNICEF Immediate Response Training Program, which took place in Brindisi, Italy from 12-19 November 2012.
· Dr Roger Petry presented a lecture on “The Development and Role of 'Philosophical Technologies' in Periods of Crisis and Transition”, at the Philosophy Café held on 22 January 2013.
· Dr Barbara Reul delivered a public lecture on Saturday 2 February 2013, as part of the “A Veritable Feast of Fasch” concert, which the Baroque ensemble “Per Sonatori” presented at Knox-Metropolitan United Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Dr Reul also wrote the programme notes for this concert which featured the North American premier of several movements from Johann Friedrich Fasch’s “Passio Jesu Christi” on the occasion of his 325th birthday in 2013.
· Dr Hampton presented a talk titled “Continuing the Journey with Aboriginal Families: Healing and Sacred Words Shared” for SHR Palliative Care Rounds on 14 February 2013, as part of TeleHealth Saskatchewan’s Education Series, held at the Regina General Hospital.
· Professor Gerry Hill has two excerpts of his nonfiction project, “Learning to Draw” broadcast on CBC Saskatchewan’s “SoundXchange” on Saturday 24 March 2013.
· Dr Roger Petry made a presentation on the topic “The Politics of Playing Cards”, to the Rotary Club of Regina (Oskaya) on 20 February 2013.
· Dr. Roger Petry facilitated a 5 hour planning session for the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan at the eco-centre in Craik, Saskatchewan on Saturday 9 March 2013.
· Dr Francesco Freddolini gave a lecture entitled "Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the Triumph of the Church in Seventeenth-Century Rome" at the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Regina on 18 April 2013.
· Professor Gerry Hill took part in the Saskatchewan Book Awards 20th Anniversary reading –for past Book Award winners – at the Mackenzie Art Gallery on Saturday 27 April 2013.
· Dr Yvonne Petry gave a lecture at the U of R's Lifelong Learning Centre, entitled "Magic and Medicine in Sixteenth-Century Europe" as part of their noon-hour forum series on 25 April 2013.
· Dr Noel Chevalier presented a lecture entitled, “No Foolish Wand-Waving: The Serious Side of Harry Potter”, through the University of Regina’s Lifelong Learning Center on 30 May 2013.
Chaplaincy on the university campus continued to work with a variety of people—students, staff and faculty—to bring an open and engaged Christian perspective to the University of Regina. The following are some examples of how this engagement was accomplished over the past year.
Think deeply:university life can challenge what one believes and force students to question and reformulate their beliefs. Chaplaincy considers that reconsideration of faith an opportunity to engage students in critical thinking about their faith and the world in which we live. This was done programmatically through a weekly Bible study and monthly theological discussions. Pastor Cheryl wrote a Bible study called Cracking the Bible Code in which students explored stories from the old testament and how those same stories or biblical characters were interpreted in the new testament. The purpose of the study was both to help with biblical literacy and teach students how the Bible is a living Word in conversation with itself and with us. Theology on Tap was a monthly gathering to learn about and discuss faith issues in an informal campus pub setting. Over the year, professors, pastors and peers led sessions on topics as diverse as heterosexism and religion; understanding what is meant by anatheism; exploring expressions of religion in video games; faith perspectives on drinking; and finding meaning in post-modern culture. We were grateful to those professors and pastors who acted as resource people for Theology on Tap conversations. By engaging students in biblical and theological discussion, it was hoped they would learn that people of faith are not afraid to tackle issues but instead take pleasure in thinking deeply about them.
Act passionately: in a global village people are aware of the issues facing the world and want to do something about them. Working with the campus ministry program at Campion College, chaplaincy organised occasional events designed to engage people in a justice issue and provide ways for them to act. These events ranged from an International Peace Day discussion of Jewish, Christian and Muslim peacemakers to a World Food Day lunch in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. We also continued our collaboration with Ten Thousand Villages to host a November Fair Trade Fair and a February Fair Trade Chocolate Sale. The fall Fair Trade Fair brought in some local small businesses focused on fair trade as well as some goods from El Salvador through CRISPAZ. Events such as these remind us all that we can act in a variety of ways in bring about peace and justice in the world.
Live faithfully:life on campus asks students and staff to work and learn together in an international and multi-faith community. Helping students connect in that context is critical. The chaplaincy team provided opportunities for students to come together in a supportive and creative environment. Peer chaplains hosted a monthly gathering called Soul Creations in which students came to engage in some conversation and a creative activity linked to the seasons of the church and the rhythms of their souls. Chaplaincy also worked with residence and food services to organise Living Internationally, two internationally themed suppers with games and intercultural activities for students in residence. Staff and faculty joined students for the annual campus-wide Giving Thanks Lunch, an opportunity to have a great turkey meal, enjoy good conversation and support the local food bank.
We encouraged students to live faithfully through gathering with others for weekly Sunday evening worship. Doing so rooted the students in a faith community that understood what they were going through. Informal, contemporary worship with music led by student musicians provided spiritual grounding for the week. Students also joined with staff and faculty for midweek worship. This year we were also joined with campus ministries inter-provincially for a Young Adult Retreat at Sylvan Lake in Alberta; Aiden Ens of GEEZ magazine led a thought-provoking sessions entitled “Happiness: the Life Experiment.” This venture was a great success (including the twelve hour road trip to get there) and is sure to be repeated.
But living faithfully also means learning to live with others who do not share our faith perspective. This year we worked with Campion College to send five students to Coming Together 6, an interfaith conference on spiritual diversity for students held at the University of Chicago. The students were from Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith communities. It was our hope that some multi-faith initiatives on the university campus would grow out of their experience together at this conference.
Another way students learned how to live faithfully was by taking on leadership positions with the College. The peer chaplaincy team was one way for students to explore ministry on campus. Each peer chaplain (Stephen Davis, Josh Hendricksen, Tarryn McNaughton, and Katie Ottley) undertook a ministry project each semester and, through doing so, applied their God-given talents and abilities to help those around them live faithfully.
This report only touched on highlights of the year and much more could be said. What is most important, however, is not the particulars of this year but the ongoing work that enables Luther College to create an environment in which students, staff and faculty think deeply, act passionately and live faithfully in an academic setting. For that, thanks be to God!