Loaves and Fishes in Abundance
I am always surprised where I will find something about hunger and how we are called to help bring it [...]
Date posted: Sunday 18 August 2019
by Rev. Kate Reuer Welton - Lutheran Campus Pastor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
What a beautiful and hard thing it is to parent a college student. I am so grateful for you, the ways you have loved your child over the years, and prepared them to be the person they are today. Here a few things I wish all parents knew about the curious, earnest, servant-hearted young people I am blessed to work with:
Your kids, the students I work with, have big and beautiful questions about God, their emerging adult spiritualities, and their identity. As a ministry, we rarely offer “answers,” but instead teach them to ask faithful questions. It is amazing to hear what comes out of their mouths – faithful, earnest expressions of who God is to them. When you talk with them, be curious about their emerging sense of who God is and how God is shaping their life.
Talk with your children about connecting with a church when they get to campus. Talk about the differences between the denominations on campus. Tell them why your faith is important to you, really. Has it sustained you in life’s challenges? Tell them that story. Have you had moments of doubt, or moments of experiencing God’s grace? Tell them that story. This conversation matters as they grow into adulthood.
You’ve got this! We’ve got this. Thanks be to God.
Your children bless me, and this ministry in extraordinary ways, and it is always our hope and prayer that they will be blessed by their participation in this community as well.
We hope that through engagement with Lutheran Campus Ministry, your child will continue to grow in faith, and to live into their baptismal call: to trust God, to proclaim Christ through word and deed, to care for others and the world God made, and to work for justice and peace. We, as the staff of LCM-TC, are honored to walk alongside your children as they grow more fully into the people God made them to be.
Students on this campus are marketed to very heavily, and most report paralysis in the face of all the options. Help us know your student is on campus, and we'll reach out to them!
I look forward to meeting you on campus, whether it’s during New Student Orientation, Move in Weekend, Family Weekend, Commencement, or just because you are in the area. When you’re around, stop by to say hello and pick up a welcome gift for your child. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Visit https://umnlutheran.org/ to learn more about Lutheran Campus Ministry-Twin Cities.
– Pastor Kate