Ministry in Context

Relaxing in the Easter pulpit

My first Easter sermon was long. It was very earnest. I was trying to explain the inexplicable and somehow make everybody (especially occasional attenders) realize how miraculous the whole Resurrection event and promise was.

It was an admirable effort, I guess. I don't think it was very helpful. I needed to relax a bit. It was important, of course, to prepare for such a sermon and to be as clear and insightful as possible. But the burden of explanation didn't lie with me. Easter is a story that

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Meeting Gustav Adolph Anderson

By Ben Hilding

Internship is a year to “try on the shoes” of being a pastor within a specific congregation. At the halfway point of my internship at Edmonds Lutheran Church in the Pacific Northwest, I have to admit that perhaps one of my greatest learning experiences has not happened within my internship site at all. Approximately three weeks before internship began, my grandmother informed my wife and me that we were not, in fact, the first people from our family history to spend time

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The view from the other side

In my “family of origin” we used one particular phrase to describe those people who went to church on Christmas and Easter every year. “C & E Christians?” “Christmas and Easter Christians?” No.

We called them “Religious Fanatics.” It was hard for us to imagine why anybody would go to church that often. Most years--most--we made it for one holiday or the other. That was plenty.

My parents did not dislike the pastors of the church we technically

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Photo Album

Systems Theory class


Julie Josund is leading a class on Family Systems theory this internship year. Participants shown are (from left): Malcolm Brown, Matt Maas, Julie Josund, Alicia Hilding, Ben Hilding.

The Sorting

All kidding aside, the annual internship placement meeting of the Contextual Learning staff does not involve a magic Sorting Hat, or the throwing of darts on a map. The staff is sequestered for three days to carefully consider the needs of students and sites, and to optimize the placements

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Spring Cluster Meetings

While these gatherings are still a few months away, it is a good idea to get them on your calendar now!

Oregon/Vancouver Cluster: Apr. 10-11 at Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)

Southeastern Minnesota: Thurs., Apr. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Our Savior's, Rochester, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Minnesota Concurrent Interns: Tues., Apr. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Luther Seminary (Steve McKinley)

Twin Cities West: Thurs., Apr. 19, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Prairie Lutheran, Eden Prairie, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

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