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Columbarium Dedication:  September 4, 2016

What is a Columbarium?

The word “columbarium” comes from the Latin word “columbary” which is a structure provided for the nesting of doves- a dovecote. The related word “columbarium” refers to a burial vault for the containment of urns holding cremated human remains. It is an old term and an old tradition used for centuries here and abroad. Cremation is also an ancient practice that has particular relevance for us today, as lands must be used more wisely. Cremation is not only an appropriate Christian means of caring for the body once one has died-it is also a matter of good and faithful stewardship and is widely recognized as a theologically valid process.

Who will oversee the Columbarium?

A Board of Directors appointed by the SLC will oversee the use and maintenance of the Columbarium. The Columbarium will always be the property of the church.

What will be inscribed on the face of the niche?

The name of the deceased along with dates of their birth and death will be professionally inscribed.

Contact Salem Lutheran Church for more information 218-363-2011


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Columbarium Bylaws
Inurnment Niche Application
Updated Fee Schedule