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Ministry in Context

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.

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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.)

Southern

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

Internship 2015-2016: Cluster Meeting Reminders, Assignment Reminders

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.)

Southern

Internship 2016-2017: Internship Application and Interview Reminders

February is a very exciting month! Our internship site application deadline for internships beginning Fall 2016 was January 31, 2015. Thanks to a very attentive and involved group of internship site applicants, our internship site list for this Fall 2016 was posted punctually on February 5, 2016. This month, many of our Fall 2016 pastoral interns will review and interview with available internship sites February 15 - February 26. Our placement process will conclude this March and April, with our New

CPE Reminders

Many of our student readers have recently finished up Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) this last fall or winter. Likewise, many students are also beginning their first unit of CPE this Spring as well. To that end, we'd like to share some key reminders.

After you’ve been accepted to a program, here is how you register and pay for it:

  1. As soon as you know where you will be doing CPE, send Contextual Learning a copy of your acceptance paperwork. Be sure it includes information about the site,

Director's Word: Making Gatherings Memorable

Last month I lifted up the important leadership competency of engaging people in God’s mission. The month prior, we focused on the importance of vision and vision casting as a leader. This month, we dig into the nitty gritty of ministry on the front lines: making gatherings memorable. What does it take for you to host a gathering – whether a bible study, a preaching event, or a confirmation lesson?

The most direct answer may be the following: prayer, planning, preparation, execution,

Good News from Pastoral Interns

For a fun surprise in this month's Ministry in Context, we wanted to share some good news from some of our current Luther Seminary pastoral interns. Please enjoy these small stories of joy, and please keep all of our internship teams in your hearts.

On December 16, 2015, pastoral intern Jon Rundquist and his wife, Tiffany, welcomed baby Bridget Irene (10lb 4oz and 21.75 in long). Jon is serving at Zion Lutheran Church of Amor, Battle Lake, MN.

On December 30, 2015, pastoral intern Joel Nye and his