Luther Alumni Magazine

A message from the president

Dear Luther community,

I came to Luther ready for a new adventure. Little did I expect that the first ten months of my presidency would hand me one like leading the college through a global pandemic! We all face a challenging time, and many of us feel anxious and unmoored.

But I know that the Luther College way of learning has equipped us for this moment. Every day in this current reality, I see examples of the Luther community leading with courage and grace, living with purpose and meaning, learning with curiosity and an open mind, and supporting one another as we strive toward the common good. In other words, I see examples of us continuing to be Luther. This issue of the magazine is full of them.

It’s true that we’re sitting with a lot of uncertainty and a lot of questions right now. But we also have the opportunity to answer them. As students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Luther College, we have the ability to help shape the world that emerges from this pandemic. So I urge all of you to sit with perhaps the most important question we can ask right now: What kind of world do we want to live in, even after our most pressing proximate concerns, such as vaccines, are addressed?

If we approach that question with the tools, values, perspectives, and collaborative spirit we’ve cultivated at Luther, the world that emerges will be infinitely better for it.

On the cover of this issue, we pose the question: How can we be Luther in this new reality? Maybe a better question to ask is: How can we afford not to—for ourselves, for others, and for the world?


Soli Deo Gloria,
Jenifer K. Ward