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Galatians 3:27-28, The Message, "In Christ's family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in common relationship with Jesus Christ." (italics mine)
     Campus ministry at Montana State University is moving into an exciting new phase this upcoming 2022-23 school year. For years the letters, LCM, have stood for Lutheran Campus Ministry, and while our Lutheran ties remain as strong as ever we are now branching out, forging ministry partnerships with our Methodist and Presbyterian friends. Methodist campus ministry, known as TNT, and the Presbyterian group, aka, PresbyCats, will join forces with the Lutherans for a trial partnership in which the letters, LCM, will take on a new meaning - Living Christ's Mission. Our newly adopted mission statement reads: "Rooted in God's grace, LCM provides a space for students to explore faith, engage in service, and encounter Christ's dynamic presence in community." We believe this mission gives us a clear focus while leaving room for diverse expressions of the Christian faith, just what we need for partnerships such as these. 
     Whether you are Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, unaffiliated, a part of another denomination, or simply curious about the Christian faith, you are weLCoMe here. LCM is a ministry in which we are first and foremost, "... in common relationship with Jesus Christ," and this year we are gifted with an incredible opportunity to embrace this vision of Christ's family in tangible and transformative ways. 
     That said, I think it's important to acknowledge that this opportunity to come together comes with challenges. It will require us, at least for the time being, to let go of traditions like Thursday night meals (Methodists), Sunday afternoon bible studies (Presbyterians), and constant references to Martin Luther (Lutherans). Yet while campus ministry evolves we hope and pray that new practices like Case of the Mondays Coffee, Divine Donuts, free semester retreats, Service Saturdays, worship at partner congregations, book groups, and spring break mission trips will become cherished traditions for all involved. 
     So, I pray you'll join me in greeting this next chapter of LCM firmly rooted in the conviction that no matter what the future holds "we are all in common relationship with Jesus Christ," the One who propels us forward and holds us together as we cling to him.