“The Center for Faith and Life is envisioned as the center of the college, designed to serve the whole community, to nurture and strengthen it, and to give a larger dimension and focus to what we do at this institution.”
—Bartlett Butler, music emeritus, building committee
The Center for Faith and Life, dedicated in October 1977 and completed in the summer of 1978, serves as a worship center and a performing arts auditorium.
As a center for the performing arts, it accommodates a host of concerts, performances, and special events presented by Luther College faculty, solo artists, choirs, bands, orchestra, chamber orchestra, theatre, opera, and dance groups. In addition, the Office of Campus Programming, located in the Center for Faith and Life, presents the Center Stage Series, an extensive series of visiting guest artists.
The Center Stage Series exposes the campus and the surrounding community to renowned artists of international caliber. In addition to this generous performance schedule, the campus community is privileged to have access to public lectures by nationally known speakers on current topics, some as part of the Luther College Distinguished Lecture Series.
The Center for Faith and Life is also the center for worship life on campus; it houses the College Ministries offices. Daily chapel and Sunday services are held during the academic year, with an average of 300-400 students and faculty in attendance.
Weavings throughout the Center for Faith and Life and the paraments of worship were handmade by Marjorie Ford Pohlmann of Minneapolis. The design of the large weaving on the auditorium's front wall, with strong vertical accents, is intentionally universal, to provide a visual focus and yet not intrude on the variety of activities which occur on the stage.