Shannon Savage, a senior at CLU, was recently elected President of the Lutheran Student Movement–USA for 2003. LSM–USA, a Lutheran organization serving college students nationwide, joined students from other denominations at Celebrate IV: Weave Us Together, an ecumenical event held in Albuquerque, N.M., Dec. 28–Jan. 1. LSM–USA participants elected officers and conducted other business during denominational time at the event.
Hosted every four years by the Council for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministry and the National Catholic Student Coalition, "Celebrate" is designed to bring college students together to engage in social justice, political action and philosophical contemplation. Some students at this year's event expressed concern over the possibility of war between the United States and Iraq. In a petition signed by 350 of the 1,100 attendees, the students vowed to "advocate for politics of compassion in the United States" and work for peace in the world.
Savage, a religion major from Walla Walla, Wash., has been actively involved in the Lutheran Church since high school. Last year she served as the LSM Pacific Southwest Region representative. LSM students plan and host an annual gathering in January and work with campus ministry groups on campuses nationwide to develop programs and opportunities for all students.