Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Director's Word: Pacing Yourself for the Long Haul

What does it mean for you to refuel? How do you stay not only healthy and whole for one or two years of internship, but balanced for ten to twenty years? Many of our current CPL, CPE, or internship students are walking alongside a supervisor who has found a way to strike a balance. It won’t be perfect, but it will be a model. And we want you to see it, because we know that discovering this rhythm for your life will give you the greatest longevity and joy in serving in the church.


Privilege, Power, and the Cycle of Gospel Living: Lessons from the Kaleidoscope Institute

In March, I was fortunate to attend a powerful intercultural training week. The Catalyst program, hosted as a partnership between Luther Seminary and the Kaleidoscope Institute, served as a deep dive into difficult issues of race, culture, privilege, and power. I'd like to talk a little bit about that and share a powerful exercise with you today.

As a white male growing up in the United States, I have historically been minimally aware of my privilege throughout my life. However, I have had some moments

Black Lives Matter: A Message From Rev. Brad Froslee

On November 15, 2015, Minneapolis police shot and killed Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old, unarmed black man. On March 30, 2016, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman led a press conference to share that no charges would be filed and that no further investigation would take place. As a result of that decision, many in the Twin Cities community continue to feel a depth of hurt, grief, outrage, and betrayal. In response to this pain and confusion, Luther Seminary alum and ELCA pastor Rev. Brad Froslee penned

Trauma and Its Aftermath: Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock at First Christian Church, Minneapolis MN

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Minneapolis is launching a community workshop and lecture series entitled Voices: Addressing Issues That Affect the Church and Wider Community. The first series, "Trauma And Its Aftermath: Moral Injury and Moral Meaning-Making," will feature Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock and will occur May 13-14, 2016 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), located in the SpringHouse Ministry Center at 610 West 28th St. in Minneapolis.

The audience is the wider

Region 1 and 3 Spring Cluster Meeting Schedule, Internship Deadlines Reminder

Are you part of an internship team in Region 1 or Region 3? If so, your cluster meeting is facilitated by the Contextual Learning team here at Luther. We are so looking forward to our spring cluster meetings! We would like you to save the following dates on your calendars.
Region 1 Cluster Meeting for Spring 2016
April 12 - 13, 2016
Rainbow Lodge Retreat Center
North Bend, WA
Region 3 Cluster Meetings for Spring 2016
(Each cluster meeting is 9:30am to 3:30pm.)


CPE Program Updates

Are you wrapping up a unit of CPE this spring? Don't forget: To receive credit for completion of this pass/fail course, the stuent will turn in a copy of both the CPE supervisor’s and the student’s final evaluation to the Office of Contextual Learning. Your supervisor's evaluation is prepared by your supervisor. Your self-evaluation is the written assignment that you are assigned at the end of the unit. Both evaluations will be read by the director of Contextual Learning, and a notification

Hiring: Director of Faith Formation

Lynnhurst Congregational United Church of Christ is searching for an energetic and creative person to serve as its Director of Faith Formation. The Director will be responsible to work with the Senior Pastor and the Christian Education Committee to implement Sunday school activities for children, to develop age-appropriate activities for middle and high school youth, to plan and stage intergenerational events for families, and to coordinate a special summer youth trip. The position is half-time (20

Director's Word: In Memory of Rev. Sherman P. Coltvet (April 5 1940 - January 30 2016)

Director Tim Coltvet's father, Rev. Sherman P. Coltvet, passed away on January 30 2016. In lieu of Tim's monthly Director's Word column, the Contextual Learning team would like to share a short interlude in memory of Sherman's life and ministry.

Rev. Sherman P. Coltvet, 75, of Rochester, Minnesota died at home surrounded by family on Saturday January 30, 2016. He was born on April 5, 1940 in Bottineau, North Dakota to Rev. Benjamin and Hattie (Hanson) Coltvet. During his childhood, he lived in Fertile,

From Fruit Fly-Inspired Flying Robots to the Internship Project: What's Your Internship Project Story?

Let's talk a little bit about school science fairs. Recalling back to your childhood, do you remember your school science fair projects? Did you have a special interest or passion you pursued? Or was it the finish-it-the-night-before-it's-due kind of project? Did your family help or were you the solo scientist on the project? A little "scientific" research about school science fair projects unearths a couple interesting items:

  • Pinterest offers an elaborate section on Science Fair Projects.
  • According

From Kitchen Counters to Pastoral Visits: The Hidden Curricula

I'll never forget my wife's look of sadness as she looked at the crumb-infested kitchen counter in front of both of us. "You didn't clean this counter?" she asked me, with what I instantly interpreted as disappointment in her voice. In response, a whole cloud of possible retorts floated by me, one by one:

"You never asked me to clean it!"
"Clean is in the eye of the beholder!"
"Your subtle hints about it aren't direct enough for a guy who grew up with direct communicators in his family!"