Friday, November 4, 2011

‘Lutheran’ more than just a name

Students celebrate birth of Lutheranism

By Erin Nobach, Guest Writer

The importance of Lutheran reformation continued years after its birth Thursday evening when about 30 Pacific Lutheran students came together in The Cave to celebrate Reformation Day.

Left to right: Katherine Graham (First-year) shows her picture
of Martin Luther to Erica Kremer (Junior) and Lorrie Deskin (Junior)
at Thursday night’s Reformation Party in the Cave.
Photo by Carolyn Knackstedt
They colored pictures of Martin Luther, ate “Diet of Worms Cake” and built fortresses out of spaghetti and marshmallows to celebrate. These were only a few of the activities included in the Reformation Celebration put on by Campus Ministry stewards senior Laura Rudquist, sophomore Ian McMichael, and sophomore Kelsey Serier.

Rudquist, who organized the Reformation Celebration, explained what the Reformation really was.

“It happened in 1517. Martin Luther decided that the Catholic Church wasn’t doing what the scriptures said, and posted 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg castle,” Rudquist said. “These were essentially 95 questions for the church about the way that things were run. It’s important for Lutherans because without reformation they wouldn’t exist.”

To commemorate this day and celebrate the history of Lutheranism that Martin Luther started, the stewards planned Lutheran-themed activities.

“We tried to just make it more of hangout for people,” McMichael said. “It was intended to have a really laid back theme, and recognize the day through little activities.”

Some of the little activities included coloring a picture of Martin Luther.

“I’m a Lutheran and when Reformation Day rolls around I enjoy doing silly Reformation things, such as coloring this picture right here,” first-year Catharine Graham said.

This isn’t the first year that Campus Ministry has held a Reformation Day event.

McMichael said students have been getting together to relax and have fun at this annual event for the last four years.

Founded in 1890 mainly by Norwegian immigrants to further Lutheran higher education in the Pacific Northwest, PLU is an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

“The name Lutheran at PLU is a great foundation,” alumnus Eric Greninger said. “Pacific Lutheran isn’t just a name and it’s important to look at religious views of the school. Lutheran background embodies careful inquiry and learning, promoting community and Jesus through Martin Luther.”

Rudquist agreed with Greninger and said, “If you want the Lutheran background, it’s here. You can be involved as much as possible, emphasize diversity and explore other faiths.”

To keep people interested at the event, they served a “Diet of Worms Cake” to honor the Edict of Worms in 1521, which addressed the Reformation in Worms, Germany. They also had “pin the 95 theses to the door,” similar to pin the tail on the donkey, as a fun way to see the importance of Martin Luther and his posting of the 95 theses on the Catholic Church doors.

Greninger said he enjoyed the atmosphere of the event.

“I have no complaints, and I like that it is less structured and just laid back. I enjoy the activities on the Reformation and learning about the history while having fun at the same time,” Greninger said.

Campus Ministry is planning other fun events like this one, McMichael said. They will take a group to Mt. Rainier in the spring, another group to St. Martin’s cathedral and will organize many other events on campus.

Those interested in becoming involved with Campus Ministry and the other activities planned, University Congregation holds meetings Sunday morning at 11 a.m. in Lagerquist Hall, or email cmin@plu.edu.