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Sternberg Hall: Residing Together in
Lutheran Church has repurposed our Education Building to host a
faith based intentional student community residence hall. This
will be an intentional community of college students who wish to
live together with other students who share faith and
faith values. Primarily focused in the Lutheran
tradition of the Christian Faith, these students may attend any
of the three colleges in Bellingham. The building itself has
been remodeled to comply with the standard required facilities
for a residence hall. While a kitchenette with microwaves and
table top appliances is planned for occasional individual meal
preparation, food service will not be provided here as it is
available on school campus.
focus of this activity is Central Lutheran Campus Ministry.
CLCM’s goal is to provide a congregational based campus ministry
that incorporates college students into the ongoing ministry of
the congregation while attending college.
For many of
these students, attending college means being away from their
home town congregations. Although not required, students are
welcome and invited to participate in the very traditional activities of the
congregation, such as Sunday Worship, bible studies, and
fellowship and service activities provide a means for students
to be connected to familiar faith practices.
more. Students are encouraged to develop mature identities that
reflect their education goals, define faith identities, and to
develop leadership and mission skills. College is a time for
developing life strategies for the big questions of identity,
faith, and response to the world’s needs and benefits. CLCM
encourages students to explore the intellectual and spiritual
aspects of values and ethics through discussion and life
experiences. Worship and study of the scriptures becomes the
gate way to service projects and involvement with structures of
modern society. This creates an organized response and action in
response to the issues faced in everyday life.
Within CLCM is
a safe place for students seeking a new, or even first,
relationship with, and, understanding of God and God’s
activities in the world. While most of these activities are held
within the main building itself, CLCM will reach out beyond the
building for many of these experiences and activities. By the
nature of being a college student organization, much of the
organizing and planning is student directed, or at least heavily
influenced by student involvement.
While many of
these activities are currently part of the larger ministry of
CLC, the residence hall will create an additional component of
an intentional residential community, where students may engage
as a group in these efforts. The residential community, will offer a supportive and safe
atmosphere that is faith based and faith friendly. Nurtured
within the community will be relationship and a communal
strength between students that will allow for new experiences and
opportunity that individually would be difficult.
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