On the church’s to-do list, mission is often the focus of one committee, a pull-down tab on the church website. Often, mission is understood as something some of “us” take up as a way to help “others”—those in need far away from our home and church. This is a traditional understanding of mission, one that arose during a time when the assumption was that everyone nearby is already Christian. While it is a view of mission motivating untold acts of kindness
On Tuesday April 1 from 11:30am to 1:00pm, the office of Contextual Learning is excited to host an Open House for Tim Coltvet and for all of the MA professional degree-seeking students in Congregational Mission and Leadership, Children Youth and Family, and Congregation and Community Care concentrations.
It will be a brief yet festive opportunity to help welcome Tim to the office and familiarize MA students with the work and support we do here.
Lunch food and drink will be provided. See you there! …
I’ve talked to quite a few pastors recently, and I am concerned about them. I don’t think they’re keeping up with their internet reading.
These pastors tell me that they consider themselves blessed to be serving where they are. Their congregations are supportive, encouraging and understanding. While there is a steady throb of disagreement within those congregations, the pastors understand that as a sign of health, people wrestling with hard issues together. These pastors say that
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let
The office of Contextual Learning would like to share some updates on the Internship placement process for 2014 - 2015.
Internship Orientation for students is running smoothly. Future Interns, if you are not attending the sessions on Thursday afternoons, please make sure to check your email for the recordings and handouts. Pastors, your trainings will occur in May.
Internship interviews are now complete, with the exception of interviews that were rescheduled to after inclement
Teaching Congregations in Spring 2014 is already underway!
Students, if you do not need a new placement and have already submitted your Learning Agreement for 2013 - 2014, no further action is required. You may begin your contextual work.
If you do not need a new placement but did not submit your Learning Agreement last semester, please submit that as soon as possible; they were due March 1.
If you need a new placement, please begin by reviewing the
. If no site works for you, your chosen
Would you like to add your Cross-Cultural Education event here? Email April Winebrenner-Palo at
"Becoming Buddhist When Jesus Isn’t Enough: A Third Wave Womanist Negotiation of Race, Gender and Religion"
Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
The 2014 Mahle Lecture at the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice at Hamline University features the absolutely fantastic Black womanist process theologian
Dr. Monica Coleman
. Dr. Coleman
In January's column, I wrote about how the story of Jesus’ incarnation shared in the Christmas Eve service reminded me to lift my eyes from focus on the church to notice God’s love for the world.
God so loved the world -- John's Gospel tells us -- that God became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth (1:14).
I am committed to trying to lift up ways God is at work loving the world, and to notice where our staff, students, and partner congregations are getting involved in
If you were to read my most recent bio, it would likely say that I am the Coordinator of Contextual Learning and Coaching for the Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Master's degree, that I am a pastor, that I love my call to walk alongside seminary students as they are called to learning, and that I have served in two vibrant ELCA parishes in the Twin Cities to shape Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. This has, indeed, been my calling at Luther for the past five years!
As we begin the Spring
Lisa Janke is an MDiv middler and a member of the Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Synod of the ELCIC (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada). In this piece, she discusses working on sexual and domestic violence prevention in
Ngaoundéré, Cameroon, learning how to "boldly declare" her theological convictions, and using cross-cultural education to destabilize privilege and highlight justice.
In 2012, I was sent to Ngaoundéré Cameroon, at the request of our partner synod, the