Ministry in Context

Working on Summary Paragraphs? New Form D, Now With More Words!

Are you wrapping up Internship and/or preparing for approval? The ELCA has recently transitioned to a new Form D, now featuring a lengthier word count. Rather than 600 characters for summary paragraphs, new Forms D can include 900 characters!

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Interested in Contextual Opportunities for MDivs? Join Christian Public Leader (FE 0525)!

Christian Public Leader is a short-term, part-time contextual education placement. Here, students can explore academic and theological questions in a real-world environment in dialog with contextual site educators. This program partners effectively with other tagged courses that require a contextual/immersion experience in a congregation- or community-based organization. Additionally, with this context as their primary conversation partner, students will critically reflect on themselves as leaders,

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Interested in Urban and Multicultural Immersion? Introducing Pray and Break Bread Trips!

Who are your neighbors here in the Twin Cities? How might relationships with members of diverse communities, cultures, and faith traditions transform your understanding of what it means to be a Christian in community in this time and place?

Luther students, staff, faculty are invited to join Cross-Cultural Education for Pray and Break Bread, four off-campus trips in which we will leave the Luther bubble; meet area community members, religiously-motivated activists, and faith leaders; break bread

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Interested in Cross-Cultural Education? New SCUPE, Lutheran World Federation Events Available!

There will be a new SCUPE Public Theology in the City class starting this September, this time hosted by Pastor Chris Berthelsen at First Lutheran Church in St. Paul.  The dates are September 19-20Oct. 17-18, and Dec 5-6.  Pastor Jim Erlandson will be team teaching this course.  The Public Theology in the City course will deal with poverty, race, and hunger issues in the Dayton's Bluff community of St. Paul. For more information, please contact Pastor Erlandson at Lutheran

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Starting CPE in the Fall? Don't Forget to Notify Contextual Learning!

We would like to share a friendly reminder to all students preparing to begin CPE! 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 applied in

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Interested in Stewardship? New Events Upcoming!

From our colleagues in the Center for Stewardship Leaders: The Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary provides educational and experiential opportunities for students, pastors and lay leaders to live more deeply into lives of stewardship leadership. There are a wide variety of resources available online at www.luthersem.edu/stewardship as well as periodic campus events that hopefully help to celebrate God’s abundance in all that is entrusted into our care.

Please take note of two

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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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