For Students

What we want for you to know, more than anything else, is that you belong. The world constantly reminds us of what we are not. And life – especially life in a pandemic – has a tendency to make us feel alone. But you are a holy creation – made, loved, and claimed by God.

Which means you belong. Just as you are.

And the experience of belonging can give you freedom. Freedom to really be who you are. Freedom to really connect with others.Freedom to really dig into community, and make a difference in the world.

Join us at LCM as we explore what it means to belong to God, to one another, and to the world. You don’t have to be Lutheran — or any other faith — to join us. If you are a UW-Madison, Edgewood College, or any other post-secondary student, we are here for you. Click on any of the links below to find out details about how we’re living out God’s mission here in Madison and in the world. 

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Blog Posts on Student Life

Explaining Jesus

Explaining Jesus

This song kills two birds with one stone.  First, it perfectly puts words to some of my insecurities which is reflective in and of itself, but the secondly after Searcy explains these scenarios in which one may feel anxious, sad or guilty, he says, “I’m sorry no...

How to Be Yours

How to Be Yours

This song is one of my favorites.  It was one of the first songs I really resonated with.  As I mentioned before, I have been in a strange place with my faith.  Lost in this web of what I should do and what I want to do.  As a college student...

Meaning in the Music

Meaning in the Music

Music plays an influential role in many people’s lives, especially on a college campus.  Take a look around the next time you find yourself on University Ave, almost everyone’s got their headphones in and their heads down.  Chances are they’re probably...

Weekly Events for Students

Queer Stories of the Bible

Mondays  6:00pm (4/18, 4/25, 5/2)

This three week study will focus on stories from scripture that open us to diverse and life-giving understandings of gender and sexuality. Rev. Anne Wickland will lead the conversation. Mondays April 18 & 25 and May 2 at 6:00pm.

    Stress Baking

    Thursday, April 28 at 1:00pm
    If you need to deal with stress (and who doesn’t), stop by the LCM kitchen. LCM Staff, Kenzie, will be doing some stressbaking. There will be creative expression, positive social interaction, and probably some laughter too. Not to mention delicious treats. All to help your body deal with some of the stress of this time of the semester.


    Coffee Break

    Wednesdays 1:00-2:30pm
    Join Pastor Emily and other students on Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 2:30 for coffee or tea, a sweet treat, and informal conversation. Starts 1/26.

    Thursday Nights at LCM

    Thursdays at 5:30pm
    We also gather for Evening Prayer every Thursday at 5:30pm held next door at Luther Memorial Church.This brief contemplative service will include music, scripture, and time for reflection and prayer. We eat dinner together and share fellowship at 6:00 at the Student Center.

    *Thursday, April 14 has a different schedule – Dinner will begin at 6:30pm with Maundy Thursday Worship to follow at 7:30pm!

    In the weeks after Easter, we’ll pray Evening Prayer together using “Mountain Vespers,” a service developed at Holden Village in Washington with roots in Bluegrass and Old Time music.

    *Thursday, May 5 will be a Blessing of Graduates

    Schedule a 1:1 with LCM Pastor Emily

    Whether you’re new to LCM or have been around awhile, schedule some time to chat with  Pastor Emily. She’s open to grabbing coffee at LCM, going for a walk around campus, or meeting virtually on Google Meet. Grab a spot on her schedule!

    Worship at Luther Memorial

    Sundays 8am or 10:30am
    We worship with Luther Memorial Church on Sundays at 8:00 or 10:30am. Luther Memorial, an intergenerational congregation founded by UW students in 1907, offers worship that reflects the richness of Christian tradition and music. Get more information at Luther Memorial website.


    Maundy Thursday
    April 14 – 7:30pm
    This service remembers the first Passover meal of the Israelites as they prepare for their journey out of slavery in Egypt and the institution of Holy Communion by Jesus on the night before his death. After the sacrament, the sanctuary is cleared of its furnishings as we are invited to move with Christ toward his death on Good Friday.

    Good Friday 

    Tre Ore Service
    April 15 – Noon to 3pm (come and go as you please)
    This worship service invites Christians to commemorate the three hours that Jesus hung on the cross on Good Friday. Seven preachers will give short homilies on the seven phrases that Jesus spoke from the cross. Prayers, hymns, and music will accompany each word. Participants are welcome to come and go during the service.

    Good Friday Worship
    April 15 – 7:30pm
    This service remembers the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus. At the heart of this service is the reading of the passion according to John, which celebrates Christ’s victory on the cross. We pray for the whole world for which Christ died and honor the cross as the sign of forgiveness, healing, and salvation.

    Easter Vigil
    April 16 – 8pm
    On the night before Easter day, Christians gather to celebrate Christ’s passage from death to life. This service includes strong signs: new fire in darkness, light spreading from the light of Christ, the water and word of baptism, the first resurrection meal. 

    Easter Sunday
    April 17 – 9am and 11am
    On Easter day, we celebrate the new life we receive through Christ Jesus. We proclaim that Christ is risen, hear the Gospel story of the first resurrection morning, and celebrate together at God’s holy table.

    Grad Student Coffee Break

    Next Meeting TBD – you pick the date here!
    Join Pastor Emily and other grad students on for coffee or tea, a sweet treat, and informal conversation about the realities of grad school life.

    Student Center

    Located across from the Chemistry building at the corner of University & Mills, the student center is open Monday – Thursday. You will find free coffee, occasional treats, and a great space to study or socialize!

    Small Groups

    Students are invited to join in these small group gatherings of the LCM community.

    Sign up for emails and follow us on Instagram @lcm.madison to get all the updates.

    The Keep Food Pantry

    The Keep Food Pantry serves students, staff, and faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison, Edgewood College, and Madison College. The Keep Food Pantry is open Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm.

    Our Mission

    Responding to God’s call, Lutheran Campus Ministry creates an affirming community that provides students with opportunities to deepen faith, engage minds, and serve neighbors.

    Lutheran Campus Ministry is centered in Jesus Christ’s embodiment of the love and grace of God. In that spirit, we welcome all UW-Madison, Madison College, and Edgewood students, faculty, and staff to be a part of this community of faith, worship, service, and fellowship. Read more.


    Lutheran Campus Ministry wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations of individuals and congregations who support this ministry. Lutheran Campus Ministry of Madison is a qualified 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax deductible. You will receive a letter confirming your donation. Please show your support by making your tax-deductible donation today.
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