"Going to St. Paul was like going to Mecca," explains Beverly Self, describing her feelings about coming to a place so rich with Lutheran culture.
Master of Social Work & Master of Arts, International Alum
From their genesis in Jerusalem, churches have always struggled with how to integrate social and theological concerns. For Olga Auchenbach (MA/MSW 2002), this integration was achieved through a unique program administered jointly by Luther Seminary and Augsburg College.
Mary Lou Baumgartner
King of Kings Lutheran Church
New Windsor, NY
I've come to learn how important it is to celebrate Sabbath, to draw boundaries around time, and to nurture myself as a daughter of God so I can continue to be a servant of God.
President, Seraphim Communications
St. Paul, MN.
There is a great deal of noise in the culture that pumps out louder sounds and more active and eye-catching images. There is, however, a deep desire to hear and see stories that connect our heart to the heart of God.
Diaconal Minister and Chaplain, Hospice Homecare
There is such intense scrutiny of Islam in the United States these days that one might think Americans were unaware of its practice in this country until the Sept. 11 attacks.
But for Masresha Chufa, '05, the co-existence of Islam and Christianity was not only the focus of his education at Luther Seminary, but a fact of life in his native Ethiopia for centuries. Relations between the two religions are peaceful, he said, a status he hopes his training will help maintain.
Lutheran Church of Hope
I think being a pastor is the best job in the world.
Becky Swanson, '05, served as a church musician for 20 years before enrolling in the master of sacred music program at Luther Seminary. What prompted her, after all that time, to pursue the degree? Some people get a nudge by the Holy Spirit, she said. She, on the other hand, needed an anvil, she explained, laughing.
The whole business of call and resisting call is a very real thing. You have to decide if you'll stay where you are or if God is calling you to another place.
Director of Children and Family Ministry
American Lutheran Church
Grand Junction, CO
Children are not only the church of the future, but are the church now.