Frequently Asked Questions
When is worship, what is it like, and what do I wear?
Lord of Light is a congregation that is a campus ministry - which means we truly span the full age range from newborn to 85+, with a good number of young adults in attendance during term. We worship Sunday evenings at 5pm. From June 6, 2021 through the summer and into autumn, we will plan to worship outdoors. Our service follows the liturgical tradition, but we mix styles of music – so in each service, you will find everything from organ hymns to contemporary acoustic to music from various world traditions. Come as you are and in whatever makes you feel comfortable! We are quite a casual congregation, so you will see everything from business casual to jeans and t-shirts.
In non-pandemic times, we typically share a meal directly afterward. During term, volunteers from the congregation and surrounding community sign up to provide dinner, and there is no cost.
How do you welcome the LGBTQ+ community?
Lord of Light/LCM has been fully inclusive and affirming of the LGBTQ+ community since 1987. We were the 5th ELCA congregation in the country to become officially affirming (Reconciling in Christ).
Can I take Communion?
Yes! At Lord of Light, we believe that Communion is a gift of God for the people of God. We practice open communion, which means that all are welcome at the Lord’s table. Jesus made no restrictions, and neither do we.
What’s so special about Lutherans?
Lutheran theology is centered around God’s grace – meaning, we recognize that there’s absolutely nothing we can do to earn God’s love, and that we are justified in God’s eyes by God’s grace alone (Romans 3:21-30). There’s a whole lot more than that, of course, but that’s at least a start.
Does your church perform same-sex weddings?
Yes! Part of being open and affirming is that our LGBTQ+ members have FULL participation in all church activities. This includes:
Weddings, Baptisms, Communion
Serving in church leadership roles
Being accepted to seminary and ordained as clergy
How do I know if a Lutheran church is open and affirming?
Look for the RIC designation and logo. www.reconcilingworks.org has a complete listing of all 883 RIC congregations (385 more are currently in the process).
Are all Lutheran churches open and affirming?
No. There are three major Lutheran denominations that have differing social views. It can get confusing, but generally:
The ELCA is the most progressive, having ordained women since 1970 and partnered or married LGBTQ+ clergy since 2009; it takes a historical-critical view of the Bible, meaning we look at the cultural and historical context of the texts and interpret them accordingly
The Missouri Synod (LCMS) and Wisconsin Synod (WELS) are much more conservative and take a fundamentalist view of scripture.
What are some things LoL/LCM does outside of worship?
Supporting the campus community by offering Vida, a free drop-in study space and snacks for students
Wednesday night Bible study and conversation
Monthly collections and offerings to non-profit organizations such as Food Gatherers, Ozone House, Lutheran Disaster Response, and Samaritas
Hosting the MISSION day shelter for 2 weeks in winter