Congregational Discussion Guide: Lutheran Higher Education

These questions are written to spark conversation among readers in small groups or to inspire thoughtful contemplation and reflection for individual readers.

  1. Consider your own journey academically and spiritually. Whether you went to parochial or public schools and/or college, how did you see the convergence of your faith commitments and the way you used observation and reason in your studies?
  2. If you attended college, do you remember the mission of your school? How did it influence your life and studies while you were at school?
  3. The essay by Dr. Stortz notes that Lutheran Colleges are faith based rather than faith promoting or faith bracketing.  How does your own faith ground you as you talk to and discuss with others who have different faith backgrounds? How can Lutherans evangelize their faith in a God of wisdom and wonder by having these type of open discussions?
  4. How does your church serve college students generally and NECU institutions specifically? How might your church and fellow congregants support faculty and students who study and learn in a Lutheran context?

Jennifer Hockenbery

Jennifer Hockenbery serves as Editor of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics .  She is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Humanities at St Norbert College. She attends Grace Lutheran Church in Green Bay, WI.