Ministry in Context

Cross-Cultural Education: New Immersion Experiences Available in Atlanta, Palestine, Nazareth, Bethlehem

Check out our new Cross-Cultural Education options!

Urban Plunge
Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta
January 11 - January 22 2014

The Urban Plunge is an annual urban immersion experience that offers a realistic and practical look at systemic issues which are problematic in our society. Participants will have the opportunity to view urban life and cities as places of the arts, learning, music, entertainment and commerce. Plunge participants will discover how urban areas are frequently purveyors

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Getting Out of the Tower

On getting out of the tower and experiencing three spiritual gatherings at three very different places: St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, First Lutheran Church in Brookings, South Dakota, and Como Park Lutheran.

I work in a tower, tucked away in one of the highest, quietest parts of a beautiful campus. It’s not quite the Astronomy Tower of Harry Potter’s fabled Hogwarts—although the view out the window is lovely. Nor is it Tutor Cornelius’ secret tower at the top of

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Upcoming Internship Deadlines

Internship application deadlines are coming up fast!

Internship applications for students were due October 21. Please submit your application soon if you have not already done so!

Domestic and International Horizon application materials are due to the office of Contextual Learning by October 31. Please click here for more information: http://www2.luthersem.edu/contextual_learning/internship/horizon.asp

The office of Contextual Learning will be hosting our first round of interviews with students

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Internship Cluster Meetings

Cluster meetings are nearly over!

Twin Cities West Metro: October 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield. (Steve McKinley) 

Washington-Alaska-Montana Cluster: October 15-16 at Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, WA. (Julie Josund)

Southeastern Minnesota: October 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Rochester. (Steve McKinley) 

Northern Minnesota-North Dakota: October 22 at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo. (Chris Scharen) 

Southwestern Minnesota:

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Welcoming Otherness, Redignifying the Heart

“I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything—other people, trees, clouds. And this is what I learned, that the world's otherness is antidote to confusion, that standing within this otherness—the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books—can re-dignify the worst-stung heart.” – Mary Oliver, “Staying Alive,” The West Wind (1995)

Welcome to the newest issue of Ministry in Context! I’m excited to

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Internship Information Sessions and Cluster Meetings

Attend one of our Internship and Endorsement Information Sessions!

Curious about the internship and endorsement process? We can help! Stop by one of our Internship and Endorsement Information Sessions for a one-stop-shop!

- Monday October 7 at 4:30pm at NW Aud
- Tuesday October 8 at 6:00pm at NW Aud

If you can't attend, we will be preparing a recording from the event that we can send to you! Please contact us at contextuallearning@luthersem.edu to get on this list. See you there!

Cluster meetings

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Teaching Congregations Due Dates

Teaching Congregations Site Preferences Forms are due Sep 27!

Beginning a Teaching Congregations placement for the first time? Your Site Preferences Form was due on Friday September 27. Connect with us if you haven't done this!

Teaching Congregations Learning Agreements are due Oct 16!

All Teaching Congregations Learning Agreement worksheets are due October 16. Contact us with questions or concerns about this. We look forward to working with you and your mentor pastors this year!

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Clinical Pastoral Education Events

Our CPE Information Fair was a big success!

Many thanks to Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, Allina Health, St. Cloud VA, Park Nicollet, and Fairview University Medical Center for their wonderful help during our CPE Info Fair on Thursday September 26.

We are also hosting two follow-up Q & A sessions:

- Thursday October 3 at 12pm at NW 320
- Wednesday October 16 at 1pm at NW 210E

Stop by and learn more about the CPE process!

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Cross-Cultural Education Opportunities

New cross-cultural experiences are now available!

Want to travel to Shalom Hill Farm, Chicago, Germany, Los Angeles, or other locations? Want to learn about public issues in urban ministry, interfaith dialogue, or Spanish-language immersion?

Click here to check out our newest Cross-Cultural Education experiences: http://www.luthersem.edu/crosscultural/default.aspx?m=3671

Stop by the SCUPE visit!

Dave Frenchak of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) will be on campus and

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Sharing Voices

Join the ELCA Internship Supervisors Facebook Group!

Click here to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ELCAInternSupervisors/

There is a new Facebook group for all ELCA Internship supervisors! Join the group, share your experiences, and connect with other supervisors around the country.

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