Jan. 18, 2010
A memorial service for Ben Larson '06 will be held Friday, January 22, in the Center for Faith and Life main hall. A hymn sing will begin at 1:30 p.m.; the memorial service will begin at 2:00 p.m.
The memorial service will be broadcast live on KDEC 1240AM. Live coverage will begin with the hymn sing at 1:30 p.m. and continue through the end of the 2:00 p.m. memorial service.
The service will be audio streamed live on the web via the KWLC website by going to http://kwlc.luther.edu/ and clicking on “Listen.”
Video streaming of the service live on the web will also be available. Here's a link to the video stream — http://www.stretchinternet.com/flash/player/lutheradmin.html.
Both the audio and video streaming will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Obituary of Ben Larson ’06 (http://www.luther.edu/headlines/?story_id=259866)
Larson family memorial request
The Larson family ask that donations be made to one of the following charities:
- St. Joseph Home for Boys
- ELCA Disaster Response for Haiti
- ELCA Global Mission for the Eglise Lutherienne d’Haiti (Evangelical Lutheran Churches of Haiti)
- Wartburg Theological Seminary
A personal statement from Pastors April (Ulring) Larson ’72 and Judd Larson ’74, Ben's parents
"As an infant Benjamin Judd Ulring Splichal Larson was wrapped in the arms of God in the waters of baptism, and from those waters, his life was an outpouring of love and joy, laughter and play, in response to God first loving Ben.
"Ben’s love of God, walking in accompaniment, passionately loving others, listening and learning from those who are poor across the globe, drove his serving.
"We give thanks to God for the incredible joy of knowing Ben. His laughter, playfulness, passionate heart for those who are hurting was manifest in his daily life. He delighted in the privilege of serving and knowing God, laying out his life in joy.
"We are blessed by still being able to hear Ben‘s music. His father Judd says, 'If you want to know Ben, go to his music.' In his tender music remains some of the treasure that is Ben: what he believes, what he cares about, his deepest soul.
"Most of the people who died in this deadly earthquake in Haiti are the poorest of the poor in this hemisphere. Ben went to Haiti to teach theology and scripture in the new Lutheran Church of Haiti; but more deeply to learn from these people loved by God. In his young death his life joins the bodies of the poor. In the Haitian rubble Ben’s life joins these dear beloved people of God: all those parents crying for their children; young widows calling out for their husbands; new orphans searching for their parents.
"God have mercy on us."
Previously released information
Previously released information regarding Ben's death in Haiti can be found at http://www.luther.edu/headlines/?story_id=259058.