Sure Rose House sits on Rose Avenue, but that is not why we call it that.  The rose you see in our Rose House logo is the seal of the protestant reformer, Martin Luther. As such it is probably best to let Luther's words answer questions you have about it...

"Since you ask whether my seal has come out correctly, I shall answer most amiably and tell you of those thoughts which now come to my mind about my seal as a symbol of my theology."

Black Cross Red Heart

"There is first to be a cross, black, and placed in a heart, which should be of its natural color (red), to put me in mind that faith in Christ crucified saved us. For if one believes from the heart, he will be justified. ["For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved."  --Romans 10:10] Even though it is a black cross, which mortifies and which also should hurt us, yet it leaves the heart in its natural color and does not ruin nature...that is, the cross does not kill, but keeps man alive. For the just shall live by faith, by faith in the Savior. ["This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight.  This is accomplished from start to finish by faith.  As the Scriptures say, 'It is through faith that a righteous person has life.'"  --Romans 1:17]"

White Rose

"Such a heart is to be in the midst of a white rose, to symbolize that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace.  In a word, it places the believer into a white joyful rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy as the world gives. ["I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives.  So don't be troubled or afraid."  --John 14:27] Therefore, the rose is to be white, not red, for white is the color of the spirits and of all angels.  ["..an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled aside the stone and sat on it.  His face shone like lightening, and his clothing was as white as snow." --Matthew 28:2b-3  and  "She saw two white-robed angels sitting at the head and foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying."  --John 20:12]"

Blue Background

"This rose, moreover, is fixed in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in the Spirit and in faith is a beginning of the future heavenly joy.  It is already a part of faith, and is grasped through hope, even though not yet manifest."

Gold Circle

"And around this field is a golden ring, to signify that such bliss in heaven is endless, and more precious than all joys and goods, just as gold is the most valuable and precious metal."

"May Christ, our dear Lord, be with your spirit until the life to come.  Amen."

place for you to belong and to be known.  

space for you to live into your identity as beloved child of God.

An alum's wish:
"May Rose House be a place that you feel rooted, nurtured, and reminded of God's magnificent love. You are family here, throughout the seasons. Come, grow, and branch out to serve those around you. Join the community, the family tree, all are welcome here."

Support Rose House When You Shop Amazon

Lutheran Campus Ministry at IU is a Reconciling in Christ ministry.  LCM-IU, through its Affirmation of Welcome echoes the apostle Paul's claim that in Christ "there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female" (Galatians 3:28). Christ has made us one. We acknowledge this reconciliation extends to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Lutheran Campus Ministry at IU is a part of LuMin, a network of campus ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Learn more about LuMin and

the ELCA

LCM-IU is in covenant relationship with St. Thomas Lutheran Church.  STLC is where LCM worships each Sunday morning.  Students will find opportunities for full participation in this more traditional community based congregation. 

Learn more about St. Thomas...

Go to top