Dear Friends,

In this season of Lent, we remember the ways that our ancestors in faith journeyed through wilderness to grow closer to God. The Israelites wandered the wilderness for forty years and Jesus retreated for forty days in the wilderness after his baptism. The wilderness can be a scary place. It challenges and changes us. But a time set apart can also help us to connect with ourselves, God, and creation and clarify who we are meant to be in the world.

If you need a short sojourn with God and others, join us for a hybrid virtual / in person retreat the weekend of  March 26 & 27. Friday and Saturday nights, we’ll join students from the University of Minnesota and other sites around the midwest for keynote talks from Cole Arthur Riley, @BlackLiturgies and small group discussions. On Saturday during the day, join us for virtual Yoga and Journaling workshops, an in person walk in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, and an outdoor prayer service at Luther Memorial.  Learn more and register now! A detailed schedule will be available March 15. Registration deadline is March 24.

Looking forward to sharing some Wilderness Wandering with you.

In Christ, 

Pastor Emily

Musings from Vicar Leif:

I’ve been thinking a lot about genres. Not just the simple ones like action, fantasy, or comedy. Like, the really specific subgenres that people use to describe their preferences. Things like “Wholesome Fantasy Cooking Shows” or “Animated Paranormal Youth Adventures”. Things that are almost ridiculously specific.

I like them because I think that in many things, from our TV or movie preferences to the descriptors of our faith lives, these specifics are not only fun but more accurate to describe what speaks to us. Plus they are fun to share with others! So embrace your specifics, whether they be “21st Century Apophatic Christian Theology” or “Video Game Music Mashups.” 

Note: Yes there are some of my favorite subgenres.
Leif Kratzke Nelson serves as intern pastor at
Luther Memorial and Lutheran Campus Ministry.
LCM Spring Retreat:
Walking the Wilderness

March 26 & 27, 2021

Join Lutheran Campus Ministry students from across the midwest at this hybrid virtual / local spring retreat! Cole Arthur Riley, a campus minister at Cornell University will keynote this retreat and lead small groups online on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm. On Saturday, join us for several other online and in-person, outdoor activities in Madison including in-person time together in the wilderness (or close as you can get to it in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve). 

A detailed schedule of activities will be available by March 12, when we have a better idea of what to expect in terms of weather. 

Register now!
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