Farewell to Luther House and the University Lutheran Center

Alicia Anderson Alumni & Friends, News 2 Comments

After decades of student ministry, the buildings on South Garner Street in State College where Lutheran Campus Ministry at Penn State has held community meals, Jawbone Coffee House, Bible studies and discussions, meetings and where students have lived in intentional Christian community are being torn down.

Luther House and the University Lutheran Center have been places of real ministry and Christian community over the past 40 years, and students, alums, and friends of the ministry are sad to see them go.

On Saturday, July 15th, 2006 a brief Service of Farewell was held on the driveway between the two houses. It was a time for prayer, memories and a chance to visit the buildings one final time.

After asbestos removal was completed, materials from the houses were salvaged by Tri-County Habitat for Humanity and materials saved will be used in the construction of decent, affordable houses or sold to raise money for Habitat.

Please contact Alicia Anderson (ara2@psu.edu) if you would like to contribute stories or photos for a memory book honoring Luther House and the University Lutheran Center, please send them to Alicia Anderson at ara2@psu.edu or 211A Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, PA 16802.

Comments 2

  1. Hi! I lived in Luther House during the 1972-1973 school year. I was aware that the house was torn down, but not that anyone was collecting stories. Are these materials available for viewing? Are you still collecting?

    Any information you can give me would be most appreciated.

    Thank you, Corene Rohrer

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      Dear Corene,
      We are gathering stories in theory, but I haven’t received any yet. We have not fully begun to push the website for our alums . . . there should be more once we find useful ways to do that. Do you have stories you’d like to share? We would love to have them – could help encourage others to share their stories!
      Go ahead and send me something that I can post, or add it as a comment here. Thanks so much!

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