Who are the Student Peer Chaplains?

Did You Know?

  • Luther College welcomes students of all faiths, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, genders, and sexual orientation.

  • All programs at Luther College offer study abroad opportunities. As an affiliate of the U of R, we have partnerships with 450 universities across 70 different countries.

  • Luther students can sign up for the UR Guarantee program - get a guaranteed job after you graduate!

  • Luther College offers Bundles and Bundles Plus programs! Bundles and Bundles Plus are groupings of courses hand-selected by our academic advisors to help set new students up for a successful first semester.

  • Luther College opened the first residence on campus in 1971, and is still a “home away from home” to students: meals, laundry, and lifelong friendship included.

  • The Luther Library has over 18,000 items in its collection, 3,000 books checked out per year, and 6,000 students who come through its door per month.

  • The Luther College Residence is a great place for student athletes; it’s conveniently located and comes with a great meal plan.

  • Small classes = big advantages. As a federated college, Luther College classes are typically smaller. This allows for students to connect with their profs and classmates.

Who are the Student Peer Chaplains?

University is a key moment of transition in life. The person you were, the friends that you had, the values that you grew up with are all going to be looked at and experienced in a new way as you rapidly learn and change through education. Some things you will keep, some things you will reform, and other things you will leave in your past.

The peer chaplaincy team is one way for all students to explore questions and build community on campus. Working with our Resident Assistants (RA’s) in the dorms, the Luther University Students Association (LUSA), and other partners, we put together a diverse group of people whose varied interests converge in a love of activism within the Luther College community. Education is rarely a solitary activity and the context of learning and integration matters to the whole process of earning your degree. Our peer chaplains run projects and apply their passions, talents, and abilities to befriend, support, and encourage those around them.

At Luther you are never alone. Your questions are welcome. We explore mind, heart, and spirit issues (sometimes separately and sometimes together). We look to the depth of tradition but also engage what is right in front of us. We are not about finding simple answers; we are about exploring better questions. No question is too simple or complex, and there is no topic off limits. The goal of peer chaplaincy is to stretch boundaries and challenge all of us to take the best of our scholarship and apply it to our whole lives and to our whole person.

If you are feeling discouraged, stressed, or simply home-sick, please talk to a peer chaplain or with Pastor Sean.

Check out the Events Calendar and our Chaplaincy Facebook page and the events list to see what our Peer Chaplains, LUSA, and RA’s have coming up at Luther.


Meet Our Peer Chaplains

Kennya B

Year: Final
Faculty: Campion Arts
Major: Women’s and Gender Studies
Minor: Religious Studies
Certificate: Volunteer and Non-Profit Sector Studies
Why I Became a Peer Chaplain: Why I Became a Peer Chaplain: My interest in multifaith and religious literacy supported my decision to join peer chaplaincy. I found the environment Luther is working towards as a multi-faith community is something that I find very important. As we learn from one another, it helps us then be more understanding of one another. By become a Peer Chaplain, I hope to create an environment that fosters learning and understanding of all faiths.

Stacie Foster

Year: Fourth
Faculty: Arts
Majors: English & Human Justice: Social Justice Concentration
Why I Became a Peer Chaplain: To be a support system for those who need it and don’t know where else to turn. To build on my current knowledge and gain insight into new ways to better support my peers and further my own personal acheivements. I am also extremely excited about our multi-faith team this year and I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things we can accomplish!

Ashley Landers

Year: Final
Faculty: Arts
Majors: Women's and Gender Studies
Why I Became a Peer Chaplain: To help grow the multifaith movement at Luther College and promote more interreligious dialogue. As a peer chaplain I would like to provide opportunities for students to learn and engage in dialogue about different faith traditions, and grow as individuals.

Hira Zahid

Year: First
Faculty: Education
Majors: Education - Middle Years - Post-degree
Why I Became a Peer Chaplain: Why I Became a Peer Chaplain: I became a peer Chaplain to be a part in creating an active multi-faith space on campus. Being part of Canada's cultural and religious mosaic, I feel it is our strength as a country to have created a safe place for dialogue and practice for people of any faith. I want to help create a reflection of exactly that on campus.