Ideas and Creations

The ideas and viewpoints expressed in the posts on the Ideas and Creations blog are solely the view of the author(s). Luther College's mission statement calls us to "embrace diversity and challenge one another to learn in community," and to be "enlivened and transformed by encounters with one another, by the exchange of ideas, and by the life of faith and learning." Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the college are encouraged to express their views, model "good disagreement" and engage in respectful dialogue.

Serit explains the process, as we listen and peel the cacao shells.

What's Everyday Life Like at the Moment?

Learn more about the experiences of Anila Bono '20, a senior with majors in psychology and biology, and her "Practicing Embodiment" course in Costa Rica. The course is an interdisciplinary exercise between spirituality, sustainability, and the body.

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Grace Huber, blog coordinator

17 Shows in 21 Days!

Grace Huber '20, a senior with majors in music and theatre, shares a post about her J-Term course where she will study English theatre which is among the richest in the world in its variety and depth.

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Building Community

Division seems to be an unfortunate feature of human communities. In this article, Professor Kopf discusses the reasons why and what we can do about it.

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Rob Shedinger

A Failure of Nerve in the Dialogue on Science and Religion

In this post, Professor Shedinger talks about a recent meeting experience where critical dialogue should have taken place (between science, ethics, and religion), but didn't. After some reflection, he concludes that those conversations are what a liberal arts education is all about.

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A photo from a Pete Buttigieg house conversation event.

Political Discussions 101

Many of us often enter a political conversation with a one-sided approach. In this article, Professor Emeritus Paul Gardner presents helpful insights and skills to make these conversations more possible and productive.

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Justice, Forgiveness, and Health

In this post, professor Loren Toussaint discusses justice, forgiveness, and health in relation to the recent shooting and killing of an unarmed man by a former Dallas, Texas police officer.

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Sister Mary Thomas dedicates her beautiful artwork to the glory of God.

All Shall Be Well

Read about Sister Mary Thomas, a relative of professor Brooke Joyce, and how her beautiful art is brought into the world for the glory of God. 

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Luther College Chips, Oct. 1, 1924


In honor of Homecoming this past week we're delving into Chips editorials that are nearly 100 years old. The following text, "Opportunity," is from Volume 41, Issue number 12, dated Oct. 1, 1924, authored by J.W. Opheim, Luther class of 1925.

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Maran (Mandsager) Bacon '87 and Joel Bacon '88. October 2018, Wabasha, MN.

Words to Live By: Where Oh Where Is My Hair?

This article by Pastor Joel Bacon was originally published in the September 15, 2019 edition of the Sawyer County Record. Read how he discovered that his lost follicles were traded in on a beautiful person or a wonderful experience.

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