Luther senior Scheidt selected to research ecumenical topics during summer

This being the 500th year after the Reformation, Sam Scheidt, Luther College senior of La Crosse, Wisconsin, has been selected to research ecumenical topics for his summer research project at the college.

Scheidt, the son of Jeff and Shandy Scheidt, of La Crosse, is a 2014 graduate of Aquinas High School. He is majoring in religion and music at Luther.

"I wanted to do this research to help expose people to ecumenical issues. Often times, it seems that the qualms that certain Christians have about other Christians are simply the result of a lack of understanding. I think that it is important to engage in conversation with Christians about the issues that bar them from coming together. There is a lot of good work being done on the ecumenical stage worldwide, and I think that it is important that Christians everywhere know what they can do to enrich that progress," said Scheidt.

Scheidt is working with Wanda Deifelt, Luther professor of religion, on his project "Reformations: Past and Present."

Over the course of eight weeks, Schiedt is writing a series of blog posts about ecumenical topics, with a focus on pivotal players and ideas during the Reformation and Vatican Council II. Each week he is writing about a different topic and completing extensive guided research.

The group's collaboration is one of 26 summer student-faculty research projects funded through Luther's College Scholars Program and Dean's Office. The Student-Faculty Summer Research projects provide students an opportunity to research topics of interest alongside Luther faculty. This program is one of a wide selection of experiential learning opportunities at Luther intended to deepen the learning process and that are part of Luther's academic core.

The results of the project will be presented at Luther's Student Research Symposium in 2018.

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