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Love does.

I recently had the honor of officiating a wedding for a former Lutheran Campus Center (LCC) student, Adrienne. I don’t quite have the words to express the overwhelming sense of joy and wonder over this.

Part of my joy comes from how much Adrienne has come to mean to me and how much admiration I have for her and her wife, Riley. So as I was preparing the sermon, I kept tweaking words, coming back to stories, and wondering how I might express the Love of God that simply permeates from them. I hadn’t thought about the fact that there may be people present at their wedding who have been wounded by the church. I was surprised, then, when one man cried with me at the reception and another said, “I hadn’t thought about getting back in touch with my faith until I heard the message today.” I share this with you, not to put myself up on some sort of pedestal, but to bear witness to the ways in which the Spirit moves in radical, beautiful, healing ways... If you and I were sitting together right now, you could see me smile and shake my head in awe at this. We get to be part of this ministry- you and me and all who support the LCC; what a privilege!

I need to tell you one more thing, dear friend of the LCC. Another alumna, Erin, was tasked with getting an LCC picture at the reception. As we started gathering people for that, I realized how many present were part of the community in one way or another. Four of the students had been employed by the LCC- as student ministers, communication assistants and an office assistant.  Four had been student leaders. Three studied in the space, sometimes coming to an event or two, sometimes talking with me and/or other students over coffee. One was my dear spiritual atheist who consistently attended Independent Theo(logy), and another came to one official LCC event, but considers himself part of the LCC as we connected in other ways (mostly coffee!) during his time at Winona State University. The picture we took represents so beautifully what we are about—not numbers or “getting members,” but holding space for community, deepening faith, expanding minds, and inspiring service—whether one time or a thousand times.

Can you believe we get to be part of this? Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting the ministry of the LCC. “See what great love God has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1a)

With joy,
Pastor Corrine Haulotte
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