Interfaith at Luther

The Office for College Ministries is available to students of all faith traditions for support, programming, and conversation.

We affirm what is stated in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment:

Religious diversity, when accompanied by mutual understanding and cooperation, enriches the whole. Through inter-religious relationships, we receive the gifts of our neighbors and experience more fully the exquisite realization that all are made in the image of God. A deep appreciation of the similarities and differences among religions and worldviews enhances working together for the common good.

Read this and other inter-religious declarations of the ELCA:


Multifaith Spaces

The Center for Faith and Life houses two multifaith spaces for student and campus use.

The Melanchthon Interfaith Room (CFL 205) is a multi-use classroom space for informal faith gatherings, meetings, and discussion. This room has a piano, tables, and lounge furniture. Contact Campus Programming to schedule this room for a meeting or event.

The Meditation Chapel (back corner of the CFL, across from Valders) is a dedicated space for prayer and reflection. This room can be accessed from within the CFL during building hours, or from a 24/7 outside door. This space contains art supplies, books, and other resources for personal prayer and meditation.

Silent Meditation in the Zen Buddhist Tradition

Silent Meditation takes place each Tuesday of the academic year at 5:15 p.m. in the Melanchthon Interfaith Room (CFL-205). Sittings are led by Professor Scott Hurley.

Ramadan Meals

College Ministries coordinates with Dining Services and with community partners to provide breakfast and dinner options for Muslim students observing the holy month of Ramadan. We are grateful for the enthusiasm and generosity of these partners and we seek to continue to strengthen and expand these offerings.

Council for Faith and Life

CFAL is a student advisory council that works with the Office for College Ministries to oversee the role of faith in campus life and to build/maintain collaborative relationships across departments, faith traditions, and the wider community. CFAL is open to students of all faith traditions, backgrounds, and commitments. Interfaith work is a priority of this council. For more information, contact misistry@luther.edu.

Campus Partnerships

College Ministries collaborates with a variety of partners on campus to support and provide interfaith and multifaith programming. Campus partners include the Center for Intercultural Engagement and Student Success, the Office of Student Engagement, the International Students and Allies Association, the Asian Students and Allies Association, Latines Unides, Beta Theta Omega, Black Student Union, Muslim Students Association, Council for Equity and Inclusion, and Student Senate.