Ministry in Context

Teaching Congregations Updates: Spring 2014

Teaching Congregations in Spring 2014 is already underway! Students, if you do not need a new placement and have already submitted your Learning Agreement for 2013 - 2014, no further action is required. You may begin your contextual work.

If you do not need a new placement but did not submit your Learning Agreement last semester, please submit that as soon as possible; they were due March 1.

If you need a new placement, please begin by reviewing the Site List. If no site works for you, your chosen

Cross-Cultural Education Updates: Upcoming Lectures, Cross-Cultural Opportunities

"Becoming Buddhist When Jesus Isn’t Enough: A Third Wave Womanist Negotiation of Race, Gender and Religion": The 2014 Mahle Lecture at the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice at Hamline University features the absolutely fantastic Black womanist process theologian Dr. Monica Coleman. Dr. Coleman will be giving a lecture entitled: "Becoming Buddhist When Jesus Isn’t Enough: A Third Wave Womanist Negotiation of Race, Gender and Religion"

This lecture examines the transformative

Sharing Voices: A Guest Post by Lisa Janke on Cross-Cultural Education in Cameroon

Lisa Janke is an MDiv middler and a member of the Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Synod of the ELCIC (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada). In this piece, she discusses working on sexual and domestic violence prevention in Ngaoundéré, Cameroon, learning how to "boldly declare" her theological convictions, and using cross-cultural education to destabilize privilege and highlight justice.

In 2012, I was sent to Ngaoundéré Cameroon, at the request of our partner synod, the

A Meditation on Thirst and Love

For this month's Ministry in Context, I'd like to share a short meditation from Catholic poet, Mary Karr.

Disgraceland

Before my first communion at 40, I hung
to doubt as Satan spider-like stalked
the orb of dark surrounding Eden
for a wormhole into paradise.

God had first formed me in the womb
small as a bite of burger.
Once my lungs were done
He sailed a soul like a lit arrow

to inflame me. Maybe that piercing
made me howl at birth,
or the masked creatures
whose scalpel cut a lightning bolt to free me

Internship: Interviews February 17 - February 28

We are excited to welcome internship site supervisors and internship candidates to campus for our annual February Internship Interviews!

Students: Please click here for the link to our site list: http://www.luthersem.edu/contextual_learning/internship/placement_process.aspx. We invite you to review available sites and sign up for interviews! Please sign up for interviews by February 13.

Supervisors: After student sign-ups are complete, we will send each of you details about rooms, student interviews,

Teaching Congregations: Spring 2014

For those who are new to campus in Spring 2014, welcome. For those of you returning for the spring, welcome back!

Many of you have questions about the Teaching Congregations program in Spring 2014. We're happy to provide answers to these questions here!

Q. Should I take Teaching Congregations in Spring 2014?

A. Students completing their MDiv or CML MA via the distributive curriculum should continue to take Teaching Congregations FE 4021 and FE 4022 until all four semesters have been completed.

Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunity Available in Israel and Palestine!

What: Bethlehem Lutheran Church trip to Israel and Palestine, in partnership with Dar Al-Kalima and Christmas Lutheran Church.

Where: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beersheva, Masada, The Dead Sea, Qumran, Bethlehem, Hebron, Galilee, Jericho, Caesarea, Megiddo, Nazareth, Cana, Tabgha, Capernaum, Golan Heights.

When: April 22 - May 4 2014.

Leaders: Pr. Beth Warpmaeker (Pastor of Congregational Life and Outreach at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and former intern at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem and

Partnerships: Open House, Methodist House of Studies, DRBC, Muslim/Christian Dialogue

Open House: Welcoming Tim Coltvet and MA Community

In mid- to late-February, the office of Contextual Learning will be hosting an Open House to welcome Tim Coltvet and the MA community to the third floor! We'll have drinks, nibbles, and good cheer on a cold day. No RSVP required. More details are forthcoming. We hope to see you there!

Want more information? Contact contextuallearning@luthersem.edu!

Methodist House of Studies

From Academic Dean Craig Koester: We are pleased to tell you about an

A Meditation on the New Year: "Advice for Beginners" by Ira Glass

April Winebrenner-PaloIt's a new year, a new semester, and a new ritual season for most of our faith and ethical traditions. Rather than posting familiar recaps from 2013 or providing the same old list of resolutions for 2014, I want to equip you with some words that have helped me begin new chapters in the past.

May these words be fruitful to you as you begin a new season of work on your preaching, prayer, pastoral care, public ministry, liturgical design, schoolwork, writing, clinical visitations, or any of the other

"The Cure at Troy": Seamus Heaney's Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Seamus Heaney was a Northern Irish poet, playwright, peace activist, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. From his own perspective amid Northern Irish political conflict, Heaney penned "The Cure at Troy" as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and an indictment of apartheid in South Africa. Heaney passed away on August 30 2013 and was followed less than four months later by Nelson Mandela himself on December 5 2013. It seems appropriate to share Heaney's poem for Mandela for this month's Ministry in