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. 

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

Blog Posts on Student Life

Be kind to yourself.

Be kind to yourself.

This morning, on the way out the doors, I lost my keys. I was holding them when I put my jacket on, but 30 seconds later they were… gone. As I frantically searched my messy kitchen counter and raced around the house, I said to myself: “Ugh. Come on, Emily. Get it...

I will give you rest.

I will give you rest.

You might never have noticed, but alongside an image of Christ the words: “I will give you rest” are carved over the doors of Luther Memorial Church, next door to the LCM Student Center on University Avenue. In the 1920s, when Luther Memorial was a congregation...

Weekly Events for Students

Advent at Home

Are you looking for a way to focus on Jesus this Christmas season? Advent Kits provide an fun, easy, and meaningful way for you carve out holy space and to connect hearts to God during this busy season. Advent Kits include candles, wreath, weekly devotional with Bible verses and prayers, and an Advent Spotify playlist.  A few electric candle kits are available for students living in dorms!

Advent candles are traditionally lit the 4 Sundays prior to a Christmas with the 5th one lit on Christmas Day. Advent begins this year on November 28th. 

Pick up your FREE Advent Kit at the LCM front desk – supplies are limited! 

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.

Coffee Break

Mondays 10:30am
Join Pastor Emily and other students on Mondays at 10:30am for coffee or tea, a sweet treat, and informal conversation. Starts 9/13/21.

First Year Small Group

Wednesdays 6:00pm
This fall, all First Year Students are invited to join a small group in discussing the book “Belovedness: Finding God (and Self) on Campus.” LCM Student Leaders will lead the conversation and help newcomers acclimate to faith and life in Madison. We will meet Wednesday nights at 6pm. Starts 9/21/21. 

Sign up for the study and get a book here:

Thursday Evening Prayer, Dinner, and Faith Conversation

Thursdays at 5:30pm
Students gather each Thursday at 6:00pm for a short Evening Prayer service at Luther Memorial Church. Afterward, we gather at the Student Center for dinner and conversation about scripture, theology, or faith in daily life. Starts 9/16/21.

This year, we’ll explore the idea of belonging in four parts.

Part 2: Belonging to One Another (October 28 – November 19)
We live in a world in which people can’t seem to get along, where race, class, political ideology, and so much more put up walls between people. From judgements made unconsciously to complacency in systemic evil, we must learn how to recognize and transcend our biases. Join us for a four week conversation about how Christian contemplative prayer can help us to see one another more clearly, based on “Learning how to See,” a podcast from the Center for Contemplation and Action. 

Part 1: Belonging to Ourselves (September 16-October 21)
In order to belong to others, we must first seek to understand ourselves just as we are. The Enneagram is an ancient theory of unknown origin that provides wisdom for people who want to get out of their own way and become who God created them to be. Join us for a five week discussion on the Enneagram based on Ian Cron’s book, “The Road Back to You.”

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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