Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Director's Word: Called to Be Unsettled

"A Gospel that doesn't unsettle, a Word of God that doesn't get under anyone's skin, a Word of God doesn't touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed, what Gospel is that?" - Oscar Romero

The end of December 2014 brought a congratulatory word from the President of Luther Seminary. She informed me that she had recommended my name to the Board (which they voted on and approved), and that my journey as Director of Contextual Learning would begin on January 1 2015.

As I settle

In Memory of Leelah Alcorn: A Prayer by Luther Alumnus Asher O'Callaghan

For January, I would like to share a short prayer in memory of transgender teen, Leelah Alcorn. This prayer was developed by Luther alumnus, Asher O'Callaghan, as part of the liturgy at House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO.

Leelah Alcorn was born in 1997 and given the name "Joshua." Throughout her adolescence, Leelah Alcorn felt that her female gender identity was not welcomed by her parents or faith community. In her last post to her Tumblr, Leelah wrote:

"When I was 14, I learned what

How Wide Are the Fences?

I have pictures of myself from the 1970s wearing a leisure suit. It was, as I recall, burnt orange in color. I had a colorful floral print polyester shirt to go with it and a really natty wide white belt and white shoes and classy looking very long sideburns. At the time I thought I looked great. Forty years later I look back and am appalled. (If you haven’t had that experience yet, be patient. You will. I have one word for you: Tattoos.)

About that time I was teaching confirmation using a

CPL: Spring Program Reminders

CPL Students: As a friendly reminder, there are no typical syllabi or class meeting times for this course. Your work will be done off-campus. However, we do have expectations and anticipated outcomes for this course.

UPDATED: Twin Cities LGBTQIA Advocacy Day and Twin Cities Housing Justice Day!

Are you interested in urban, multicultural, and faith-based social justice immersion? For the Spring 2015 semester, we are excited to reveal our next two Pray and Break Bread trips: Twin Cities LGBTQIA Advocacy Day and Twin Cities Housing Justice Day!

Last semester, Pray and Break Bread took Luther students, faculty, and staff on two exciting urban immersion trips. Our first trip was to explore Minneapolis' local Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith communities by visiting Masjid An-Nur, Sabes Jewish