Ministry in Context

In Memory of Leelah Alcorn: A Prayer by Luther Alumnus Asher O'Callaghan

For January, I would like to share a short prayer in memory of transgender teen, Leelah Alcorn. This prayer was developed by Luther alumnus, Asher O'Callaghan, as part of the liturgy at House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO.

Leelah Alcorn was born in 1997 and given the name "Joshua." Throughout her adolescence, Leelah Alcorn felt that her female gender identity was not welcomed by her parents or faith community. In her last post to her Tumblr, Leelah wrote:

"When I was 14, I learned what

CPL: Spring Program Reminders

CPL Students: As a friendly reminder, there are no typical syllabi or class meeting times for this course. Your work will be done off-campus. However, we do have expectations and anticipated outcomes for this course.

Internship: Learning Goals, Project Proposals, Evaluations, and Insurance

Students, are you curious about your next steps for your internship? Do you have questions about the Learning Goals, the Project Proposal, your three-month evaluations, or your insurance? Please read on for more details.

Learning Goals

Based on your feedback and popular request, we have updated the Learning Goals page to be more clear and helpful. You may now find plenty of examples of good goals, objectives, strategies, resources, and evaluation parameters. Please remember that your Learning Goals

CPL: Fall and Spring Program Reminders

Students, we hope you are all enjoying your Christian Public Leader placements during this fall semester! As Luther heads around the corner of midterms and enters the homestretch of the semester, we hope that your coursework and contextual commitments are going smoothly. We'd like to share two important reminders for you.

Reflective Assessments

At the end of every semester, two sets of Reflective Assessments are due: one from the seminarian and one from the mentor. For Fall 2014, Reflective Assessments

CPE: Application and Completion Details

Students, are you planning for, beginning, or finishing CPE? Please don't forget to refresh yourself on the application and completion details. If you could not make it to our CPE Info Fair or CPE Q&A Sessions, please contact Contextual Learning with any questions you may have; we're happy to help.

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

  1. As soon as you know where you will be doing CPE, please send Contextual Learning a copy of your acceptance

New Cross-Cultural Opportunities: Sufi Symposium, Detroit Urban Plunge, Hispanic Ministry Summer Term, "La Natividad"/In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

This month, we're sharing information about several new upcoming programs, including: "A Sufi Vision of the Modern World," Detroit Urban Plunge, the Hispanic Ministry Summer Term, and a new Christmas arts project ("La Natividad") at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. Read on for more details!

"A Sufi Vision of the Modern World"
Luther Seminary, December 9 at 6:00pm

Learn about Sufism and its role in peace-making, meet a prominent international Sufi leader, and engage in interfaith

New Pray and Break Bread Trip: Hindu Temple, Hmongtown Market, MN Zen Center, and more!

Pray and Break Bread is an urban multicultural and interfaith immersion program in which we leave the Luther campus bubble, meet our neighbors, learn together, break bread together, and share ritual and reflection. Our next Pray and Break Bread trip is on Saturday November 22.

For this trip, we will be visiting the diversity of spiritual and secular practice in the Twin Cities.

  • We'll begin the morning with a special tour of the Hindu Temple of Minnesota, where we'll encounter some of the practices

New Volunteer and Job Opportunities: Saint Therese, City Camp, Project for Pride in Living

We are excited to share some new volunteer and leadership opportunities: a Pastoral Care Associate position at Saint Therese of New Hope MN, a Summer Chaplain/Community Leader position for City Camp in Philadelphia PA, and a Pre-K Volunteer position for Project for Pride in Living in St. Paul MN. Please read on for more details.

Saint Therese, New Hope MN

"Saint Therese of New Hope is a Catholic organization serving seniors of all faiths, and is dedicated to the well-being of each individual. 

Internship: Cluster Meetings

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

CPL: Learning Agreement

Christian Public Leader placements are off and running smoothly! As a friendly reminder: Once students have been placed with a Christian Public Leader site, the student and the mentor must complete a Learning Agreement worksheet. The purpose of the Learning Agreement is to outline clear goals and expectations for the placement, including vocational and skills development as well as the practical aspects of the mentorship. This semester, these were due September 29.

Learning Agreements may be downloaded