Ministry in Context

Director's Word: Broken Mirrors and Easter Promises

Do you ever wonder if eight-year-olds are listening to your sermon? Not too long ago, our home congregation recently said farewell to a pastor who had served a tenure of nearly 11 years. Given this long stretch of time, I thought that I should ask my twelve-year-old son a nearly impossible question, “Of all the sermons you’ve heard over your lifetime, is there one that stands out to you?” After scratching his head and looking at me quizzically (as if to say, 'Why do you always ask

Spotlight: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

In March, Irene Amon (one of our fabulous Contextual Learning student staff members and an international student from Accra, Ghana) traveled to New York City to participate in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women! We asked Irene to share a few reflections about her experience of that trip.

My trip to the conference at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), was an eye opener and an avenue that provided me with the information about what the Beijing

Life in the Kitchen

On wintry Sunday evenings this year my wife and I settled down for an evening of TV from PBS and Great Britain. I am referring to “Downton Abbey”, of course. I know it is only a dressed-up soap opera, but an hour or so with the Earl of Grantham and his fun-loving family is usually at least interesting. And then “Grantchester,” featuring Father Sidney Chambers, Anglican cleric and crime-solver from the mid-twentieth entury. Chambers even has a “curate”, the equivalent

New Website and Program Updates for 2015 - 2016

In addition to a fresh, new aesthetic, our Contextual Learning website is now home to updated coursework information for Christian Public Leader, Clinical Pastoral Education, Internship, and more! We invite you to explore our new website and familiarize yourself with Contextual Learning's offerings for 2015 - 2016.

  • Beginning Fall 2015, Christian Public Leader will be required for four consecutive semesters for M.A. and M.Div. students with Leadership concentrations (Children Youth and Family,

New Internship Stipend and Health Insurance for 2015 - 2016

Since 2008, the eight ELCA seminaries have worked with EIIA (our provider of property and casualty insurance) to offer the Seminary Student Health Insurance Plan for students and their dependents who do not have other health insurance coverage. EIIA has recently given notice that the current plan will terminate on August 31, 2015, because enrollment has fallen below the minimum threshold set by the current carrier. This change coincides with the rise of other, often more affordable coverage options

New Supervisor Workshop for 2015 - 2016

Are you a new supervisor for the 2015 - 2016 internship year? We look forward to hosting you at the New Supervisor Workshop on May 5 – May 6, 2015 at Luther Seminary. During the workshop, the Contextual Learning staff will cover expectations and responsibilities of serving as an internship supervisor, including a special panel and evening dinner presentation.

Dates and agenda


The workshop officially begins at 1 p.m. on Tuesday May 5 in the Olson Campus Center Auxiliary Dining Room here at Luther

New Internship Handbook for 2015 - 2016

You spoke and we listened! In addition to our new website and programmatic updates for the upcoming academic year, we are now happy to share our brand-new Internship Handbook for 2015 - 2016. Our Internship Handbook includes an FAQ featuring your most common questions, updated policies regarding pets, social media, travel, moving expenses and more, and plenty of details about the work and joy of internship. To review the Handbook for yourself, click here.

Internship Cluster Schedule

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

New Cross-Cultural Opportunities: Mexico, Geneva, The Holy Land, Austin

Are you interested in traveling to Mexico to learn about Lutheran identity in Latin America, conflict resolution and peace-making, or transformative ministries? Look into AMEXTRA's "Seeds of Transformation" summer immersion programs in Mexico! For more information, click here. To take an immersion course for credit, see Contextual Learning's CCE website for details!

Are you interested in a year-long internship as the Advocacy Intern in the Office for International Affairs and Human Rights at the

Director's Word: On Innovative Spirit

A friend of mine recently shared this cover issue of LIFE magazine from February 11, 1957. Next to the iconic LIFE logo, the title reads: "'The Most Wasted Hour of the Week': What's wrong with our Sunday schools and what churches can do about it." Here’s what John H. Westerhoff, renowned author of the church, says in the LIFE article:

"The church school, despite numerous bold innovations and even a few modern success stories, is plagued with disease. The church’s educational problem rests