Through a Lens of Belovedness

Through a Lens of Belovedness

I had the pleasure of taking part in our First-Year Small Group, lead by Vicar Leif Kratzke-Nelson. Meeting over Zoom once a week throughout the semester, we slowly made our way through the book Belovedness: Finding God (and Self) on Campus, edited by James Franklin...
A Slow Crawl of Zoom

A Slow Crawl of Zoom

So many things have changed as a student during this pandemic. Life seemed to go from a breakneck speed of classes, clubs, study sessions, and socializing to a slow crawl of Zoom. Instead of bouncing around campus all day, I’ve been spending my quarantine in my small...
Tiny Threads

Tiny Threads

Of all the ways that my life has changed because of the coronavirus, the change that seems most stark is the lack of casual, unstructured interaction that I have had with students during the school year.  In normal times, over one hundred students walk through...
Thanksgiving for Baptism

Thanksgiving for Baptism

Written by Claire Embil (English-Creative Writing and Religious Studies, Photography, 2021) for her home congregation St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, IL.  Just as Jesus stretched his hand over the storming sea and said “Peace. Be Still,” we ask for God’s...
Prayer Walk Practice

Prayer Walk Practice

When our Faith & Vocation Fellows and Student Ministry Interns meet twice each month, they normally split into small groups for a student-led contemplative prayer practice. Because of COVID-19, the last few meetings of our semester have taken place online. During...