Ministry in Context

Director's Word

Some of you will have already heard I have accepted a new call beginning September 1, 2014. It is with Auburn Theological Seminary in New York, and I’ll be Vice President of Applied Research. Our work at Auburn is a little different than typical seminaries. It has no traditional faculty or students. Rather, like a think tank, it does research and leadership training to support theological schools like Luther and equip ministry leaders who are, as I’ve put it recently, “getting involved

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Welcome, Katherine!

I'm Katherine Parent and I am excited to join the Contextual Learning office as the Cross-Cultural Education Support Staff. This year, I'll be helping plan and coordinate the "Pray and Break Bread" program, in which groups of Luther students, staff, and faculty will meet their neighbors at sites around the Twin Cities. 

The question, “Where are you from?” usually makes me pause, because I’m a "TCK": a third-culture kid.  My Midwestern family moved to the South and

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Contextualization Gives Theology Hands

As practical theologian Fernando Arzola (pictured) says in his book Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry: Theory and Praxis in Urban Context, “Contextualization gives theology hands.” I am excited for the beginning of a new academic year, and I see the importance of us starting out right. My work in the Contextual Learning office has brought together various threads of work that will be strengthened through collaborative work that involves classroom, context, and communal life both on campus

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A Little Crazier All The Time

At the end of May, my wife and I had a wonderful tour of Spain, during which we engaged in one of our favorite activities: buying things for our grandchildren. (We have enough things. Too many, in fact. But that is a story for another day.)

In one of the two Picasso museums we visited (Barcelona and Malaga), we bought the children’s book Picasso’s Trousers by Nicholas Allen. In this book, people are always saying no to Picasso, telling him what he cannot and should not do. They say he

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Internship: Cluster Meetings

Twice per year in the fall and spring, all Internship supervisors and pastoral interns around the country are hosted by the nearest ELCA seminary for something called the "cluster meeting." At the cluster meeting, supervisors and pastoral interns enjoy a chance to meet, talk, ask questions, provide feedback, and learn from other partners in the Internship experience. These are valuable sessions and they contribute greatly to the Internship in both semesters. (They are also a fun way to get to know

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Christian Public Leader: New Program Updates

If you are a ministry or nonprofit mentor who would like to become part of the new CPL program, please contact Contextual Learning by Thursday July 31, 2014. In early August, we will be contacting interested mentor pastors with the new Mentor Christian Public Leader Site Profile Form, along with details about the improved placement process and inaugural launch event on Sept. 12, 2014. If you have any questions, please stop by the office of Contextual Learning, call us at 651-641-3266 or email contextuallearning@luthersem.

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Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunities Available in Mexico, Montana, Michigan, Chicago

Are you interested in Cross-Cultural Education through Luther Seminary coursework, ELCA coursework, or off-campus immersion experiences? We are beginning to receive information on 2014 - 2015 options. Please read on for details.

Reforest Chiapas
Chiapas, Mexico
July 27 - August 3 2014

Learn about eco-technologies, sustainable farming methods, and indigenous Mayan cultures as you serve alongside Mexicans, indigenous Mayans, and other service-minded individuals in an intercultural service trip to

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CPE: Registration Reminder

CPE TableWe would like to share a friendly reminder to all students preparing to begin CPE this summer. As soon as you know where you will be doing CPE, please send Contextual Learning a copy of your acceptance paperwork. Be sure it includes information about the site, the supervisor, and the start and end dates.

When this acceptance paperwork is on file, Contextual Learning will contact the Registrar's office to register you for either a full-time or part-time CPE class. Course credit and tuition will be

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Director's Word: Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

This month, I'd like to simply pay tribute to a great American whose death we are even now mourning. Please enjoy the following poem, "Still I Rise", written in 1978 by the great Maya Angelou. And for those who wish, here she is reading it aloud: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/28/316728748/maya-angelou-reads-still-i-rise

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are

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Sharing Voices: Spotlight on Tony Fair and All Metro Praise

Whether working in a congregation or here at the seminary, I find that May and June become a reflective time to naturally step back and think about the past. In this reflective time, one will find lessons learned, wisdom gleaned, as well as impulses for future possibilities. Indeed, it is a generative and freeing time to truly vision and wonder about with is next. I find myself thinking about some of the innovators who came along and took a leap of faith with some visions and wondering of their own.

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