Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Toward a "Most Respectful Interpretation"

My friend Jill was trying to find the perfect restaurant for her pregnant sister who was allergic to smoke. They searched meticulously to ensure that wherever they chose would have no traces of smoke.  Finally they found a cozy little bistro with clean air and good people -- or so they thought! Ten minutes into their meal, they both glanced over to see a haggard and despondent woman seated at another table.  As she stared at them intensely, she pulled out her long Virginia Slim cigarettes

New CPE Offerings for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Super-Extended (2015 - 2016)

Are you seeking a CPE position for Spring, Summer, or Fall 2016? Contextual Learning is pleased to share some information about some available units! Please read on for details.

HealthEast in St. Paul, MN
January 11, 2016 - May 9, 2016

"HealthEast Care System is offering an extended unit of CPE this spring. The proposed dates are from the week of January 11 to the week of May 9, 2016. HealthEast is the largest health care provider in the Twin Cities’ East Metro area. We are a faith-based organization,

2016 Summer Ethics Fellowship for Seminary and Divinity School Students

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) is now accepting applications for its 2016 program. FASPE Seminary uses the conduct of the clergy during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive course of study on the contemporary ethical challenges facing religious leaders. FASPE is predicated upon the power of place. Fellows visit Auschwitz and other sites in Germany and Poland where they consider how to apply the lessons of history to the ethical

Scholarship to Attend the 2015 Johnson Symposium on Faith & Society

Interns! We have a very special opportunity to share with you. Have you ever attended the excellent Johnson Symposium on Faith & Society, which has previously featured speakers from Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber to Rev. Heidi Neumark to Dr. Marcus J. Borg? Now is your chance to attend both days of the 2015 Symposium -- for free!

First, a word about the 2015 Johnson Symposium on Faith & Society, sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis:

Dr. John Arthur Nunes will be the featured presenter

Internship Program Updates

Thanks again to those students who stopped by our Internship & Endorsement Info Sessions this month! We hope these were helpful discussions for you. We did record one of our Info Sessions, so if you would like to review a recording of what we covered, please click here:

As we move through October and rapidly approach our Fall 2016 internship application deadline, it's time to share some urgent program reminders for you.

Are you thinking

CPE Program Updates

Thank you all for visiting our CPE Q&A Sessions and CPE Info Fair this month! We enjoyed getting the chance to speak with you about your CPE inquiries, and our guest presenters were thrilled to meet so many great Luther Seminary students! As a brief follow-up, we wanted to share some program reminders for you.

What is CPE? Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) offers students the opportunity to develop and integrate theological knowledge and professional skills in a wide variety of clinical contexts

Visit Our New Office Space

Contextual Learning has moved! Please come by to visit us in our new office space. We are in Northwestern Hall, Suite 110-E. We're just down the hall from the Writing Center, International Student and Scholar Affairs, Global Mission Institute, and the Business Office. We look forward to seeing you around campus this new school year!

Kicking Off CPE

Are you curious about chaplaincy and pastoral care? Are you ready to get started with Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)? circle your calendar for two important events this semester!

CPE Q&A Sessions: Not sure what CPE is? Confused about how to begin? Interested in a one-on-one conversation about your particular situation? Please come to one of our CPE Q&A Sessions, where Contextual Learning can help. The Q&A Sessions are Thursday September 28 at 11:30am and Friday October 2 at 11:30am.

Beginning Internship

Are you beginning internship this Fall 2015? We pray that each of you are settling in smoothly at your internship sites, and we are keeping you in our hearts as you begin this exciting new chapter in your ministry. As you begin to get busy in your internship role, we wanted to notify you of some important reminders.

1. Our internship website can be located here: (You can also access this link via your MyLutherNet internship coursepage.)

Planning for Internship Next Year

It's that time of year! We are looking forward to beginning a new year of placements for internships beginning Fall 2016. If you would like to begin your internship in Fall 2016, read on!

First, please review our online information about the internship program by clicking here. We'd highly recommend reviewing your options regarding internship timing and coursework. Please feel free to review the financial guidelines as well.

Next, please review our annual placement process for internships beginning