Ministry in Context

Director's Word

Some of you will have already heard I have accepted a new call beginning September 1, 2014. It is with Auburn Theological Seminary in New York, and I’ll be Vice President of Applied Research. Our work at Auburn is a little different than typical seminaries. It has no traditional faculty or students. Rather, like a think tank, it does research and leadership training to support theological schools like Luther and equip ministry leaders who are, as I’ve put it recently, “getting involved

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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

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Christian Public Leader: New Program Updates

If you are a ministry or nonprofit mentor who would like to become part of the new CPL program, please contact Contextual Learning by Thursday July 31, 2014. In early August, we will be contacting interested mentor pastors with the new Mentor Christian Public Leader Site Profile Form, along with details about the improved placement process and inaugural launch event on Sept. 12, 2014. If you have any questions, please stop by the office of Contextual Learning, call us at 651-641-3266 or email contextuallearning@luthersem.

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Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunities Available in Mexico, Montana, Michigan, Chicago

Are you interested in Cross-Cultural Education through Luther Seminary coursework, ELCA coursework, or off-campus immersion experiences? We are beginning to receive information on 2014 - 2015 options. Please read on for details.

Reforest Chiapas
Chiapas, Mexico
July 27 - August 3 2014

Learn about eco-technologies, sustainable farming methods, and indigenous Mayan cultures as you serve alongside Mexicans, indigenous Mayans, and other service-minded individuals in an intercultural service trip to

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CPE: Registration Reminder

CPE TableWe would like to share a friendly reminder to all students preparing to begin CPE this summer. As soon as you know where you will be doing CPE, please send Contextual Learning a copy of your acceptance paperwork. Be sure it includes information about the site, the supervisor, and the start and end dates.

When this acceptance paperwork is on file, Contextual Learning will contact the Registrar's office to register you for either a full-time or part-time CPE class. Course credit and tuition will be

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Sharing Voices: Students, Stories, and Projects in 2013 - 2014

This year, we have been sharing the voices of our students by spotlighting transformative stories and projects. We've specifically lifted out those students whose contextual work has become deeply engaged with the world God loves! As we wrap up the academic year and move into the summer, we'd like to offer a round-up of these students' valuable learning and contributions. Enjoy!

Tom Westcott
Pub Theology Project at St. Mark's Lutheran Church

Chris writes: "Tom knew he had an intern project to plan,

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Contextual Learning: New Student Worker Position Available

Yes, Contextual Learning is still hiring for a student position: Cross-Cultural Education Support Staff! The purpose of this position is to provide communications and administrative support to “Pray and Break Bread,” an urban and multicultural immersion program funded by Bethlehem Lutheran Church and hosted by Cross-Cultural Education at the office of Contextual Learning. The purpose of this position is also to learn on topics of interfaith dialogue, multicultural literacy, and social

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Internship: New Supervisor Workshop and Cluster Meetings

By now, our 2014 - 2015 intern and supervisor teams are just beginning to take their first steps down the exciting path of internship together. To our supervisors, we say: Whether you are a new supervisor or a more experienced one, internship is a major opportunity to share the work of lifting up a new generation of Christian public leaders. We are looking forward to supporting you in that work!

We would also like to say "Thank you" to the new supervisors who joined us for New Supervisor Workshops

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Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunities Available in Mexico, Montana, Michigan, Chicago

Are you interested in Cross-Cultural Education through Luther Seminary coursework, ELCA coursework, or off-campus immersion experiences? We are beginning to receive information on 2014 - 2015 options. Please read on for details.

Reforest Chiapas
Chiapas, Mexico
July 27 - August 3 2014

Learn about eco-technologies, sustainable farming methods, and indigenous Mayan cultures as you serve alongside Mexicans, indigenous Mayans, and other service-minded individuals in an intercultural service trip to

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Teaching Congregations and Christian Public Leader: Reflection Questions and Program Updates

This is a quick, friendly reminder that Teaching Congregations Reflection Questions were due May 5 for graduating seniors and May 12 for non-graduating students. Students may find an online form for their Student Reflection Questions on the FE 4022 coursepage. Mentor pastors may find an online form for their Mentor Pastor Reflection Questions at the following link: http://www.luthersem.edu/contextual_learning/teaching_congregations/mentor_reflections.aspx. If a student or a mentor pastor would prefer

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