Ministry in Context

Director's Word

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 what

Welcoming Tim Coltvet to Contextual Learning, Highlighting Connections

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

Sharing Voices: A Guest Post by Lisa Janke on Cross-Cultural Education in Cameroon

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

You May Refer To Me As...

When asked about my ethnic background, I usually say “Scotch Irish” and leave it at that. In fact I do carry Swedish on my mother’s side, but we were never into that when I was growing up, and I liked Scotch Irish better. I’ve had lutefisk once in my life, which was once too often. But haggis? Bring it on!

I visited Scotland for the first time last September, and it immediately felt like home, like this was where I belonged. Knowing that, for Christmas my eldest daughter gave

A Meditation on Thirst and Love

For this month's Ministry in Context, I'd like to share a short meditation from Catholic poet, Mary Karr.

Disgraceland

Before my first communion at 40, I hung
to doubt as Satan spider-like stalked
the orb of dark surrounding Eden
for a wormhole into paradise.

God had first formed me in the womb
small as a bite of burger.
Once my lungs were done
He sailed a soul like a lit arrow

to inflame me. Maybe that piercing
made me howl at birth,
or the masked creatures
whose scalpel cut a lightning bolt to free me

Internship: Interviews February 17 - February 28

We are excited to welcome internship site supervisors and internship candidates to campus for our annual February Internship Interviews!

Students: Please click here for the link to our site list: http://www.luthersem.edu/contextual_learning/internship/placement_process.aspx. We invite you to review available sites and sign up for interviews! Please sign up for interviews by February 13.

Supervisors: After student sign-ups are complete, we will send each of you details about rooms, student interviews,

Teaching Congregations: Spring 2014

For those who are new to campus in Spring 2014, welcome. For those of you returning for the spring, welcome back!

Many of you have questions about the Teaching Congregations program in Spring 2014. We're happy to provide answers to these questions here!

Q. Should I take Teaching Congregations in Spring 2014?

A. Students completing their MDiv or CML MA via the distributive curriculum should continue to take Teaching Congregations FE 4021 and FE 4022 until all four semesters have been completed.

Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunity Available in Israel and Palestine!

What: Bethlehem Lutheran Church trip to Israel and Palestine, in partnership with Dar Al-Kalima and Christmas Lutheran Church.

Where: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beersheva, Masada, The Dead Sea, Qumran, Bethlehem, Hebron, Galilee, Jericho, Caesarea, Megiddo, Nazareth, Cana, Tabgha, Capernaum, Golan Heights.

When: April 22 - May 4 2014.

Leaders: Pr. Beth Warpmaeker (Pastor of Congregational Life and Outreach at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and former intern at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem and

Partnerships: Open House, Methodist House of Studies, DRBC, Muslim/Christian Dialogue

Open House: Welcoming Tim Coltvet and MA Community

In mid- to late-February, the office of Contextual Learning will be hosting an Open House to welcome Tim Coltvet and the MA community to the third floor! We'll have drinks, nibbles, and good cheer on a cold day. No RSVP required. More details are forthcoming. We hope to see you there!

Want more information? Contact contextuallearning@luthersem.edu!

Methodist House of Studies

From Academic Dean Craig Koester: We are pleased to tell you about an