Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

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

Finishing Up Internship? Save the Date for September Reflection Event!

Are you finishing up internship? Watch this space! Every September, returning interns participate in a reflection event with members of the Contextual Learning staff. This event seeks to encourage interns to put some closure to the internship year and assess the meaning of the internship year so that it can inform the student's last year(s) at seminary prior to ordination and call. This September's reflection event will be Wednesday September 9. We'll be posting more details in the months to come!

Preparing for Internship? A Few Reminders!

Are you preparing for internship? Don't forget these important reminders regarding Internship Orientation, travel, and our policies for the 2015 - 2016 internship year!

First, registration for our Summer Internship Orientation Workshop (FE 0200) is open! FE 0200 is offered as a full-day workshop on two occasions: once back on January 31, 2015 and now again on June 13, 2015.

  • Because the workshops are scheduled in proximity to the January and June intensives, our expectation is that all future interns

Finishing Up or Beginning CPE? Don't Forget!

Are you finishing CPE? Congratulations! As you see on our website and on all CPE coursepages, to receive credit for completion of this pass/fail course, you will turn in a copy of both the CPE supervisor’s and your 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

Visiting for Intensives? Come See Us!

Are you visiting for the intensives this summer? We are hosting many events for you! Please take note of the schedule and stop by. We'd love to see you!

Internship and Endorsement Information Session
Tuesday June 9
11:30am to 12:30pm
OCC Auxiliary Dining Room

Are you planning for internship in Fall 2016? Do you have questions about the endorsement process? During the internship and endorsement information session, Contextual Learning staff and Krista Lind will share

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

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,