Ministry in Context

Internship: New 2014 - 2015 Placements Coming Soon!

Thank you all for your patience over these weeks of interviewing, submitting preferences, and now waiting as we work and pray through the process of matching our internship students with an internship supervisor and congregation. Internship placements for 2014 - 2015 are coming soon! The office of Contextual Learning will send these out on or before April 15.

Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunities Available in Indigenous Rights, Environmental Justice, Hispanic Ministry!

The Native Ministries Consortium Summer School 2014 will be held at the Indigenous Studies Centre at Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia from July 7, 2014 - July 18, 2014. The goal of the program is "to empower and facilitate leadership, spiritual expression, and justice to enable Indigenous people to exercise self-determination within the Christian church and in society." To apply, contact nmp@vst.edu and visit www.vst.edu by July 6.


 

The Caring for Creation Shalom

Contextual Education: New Teaching Congregations and Christian Public Leader Updates!

In the Teaching Congregations program as per the distributive curriculum, please remember that all Student and Mentor Pastor Reflection Questions are due on Monday May 5 for graduating seniors and Monday May 12 for non-graduating students. Students may find more information on their coursepages. Please contact the office of Contextual Learning if you would like help accessing or completing these.



In the Christian Public Leader program as per the portfolio curriculum, watch this space for updates

Clinical Pastoral Education: New CPE Procedures!

The office of Contextual Learning would like to share an update to the CPE registration and payment procedure, effective immediately:

1. 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.

2. 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

Open House for Tim Coltvet and MA Community!

On Tuesday April 1 from 11:30am to 1:00pm, the office of Contextual Learning is excited to host an Open House for Tim Coltvet and for all of the MA professional degree-seeking students in Congregational Mission and Leadership, Children Youth and Family, and Congregation and Community Care concentrations.

It will be a brief yet festive opportunity to help welcome Tim to the office and familiarize MA students with the work and support we do here.

Lunch food and drink will be provided. See you there!

Internship Updates: Orientation, Interviews, Preference Forms, Cluster Meetings

Internship Orientation for students is running smoothly. Future Interns, if you are not attending the sessions on Thursday afternoons, please make sure to check your email for the recordings and handouts. Pastors, your trainings will occur in May.

Internship Interviews are now complete, with the exception of interviews that were rescheduled to after inclement weather. Future Interns, if you need to reschedule and have not reached out to your interviewees, please attend to this immediately. Pastors,

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