Ministry in Context

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

Internship: Site Application Deadline January 31

Step 1: Apply

Because many congregations need to approve the application at a January annual meeting, the site application deadline is January 31, 2014. However, we are happy to receive applications at any time – the earlier the better!

Please find “Expectations for Internship Sites,” “Financial Matters,” and the application form itself at the following link: http://www2.luthersem.edu/contextual_learning/internship/for_congregations.asp.

When you are preparing your

Teaching Congregations: Reflection Questions Deadline December 17

All Teaching Congregations Reflection Questions are due on December 17!

Students: As always, we will need two sets of Reflection Questions: one from you and one from your mentor pastor. You can access these via the FE 4021 coursepage. They can be submitted via online survey or via electronic or hard copy.

These Reflection Questions are intended for you and your mentor pastor to engage in thoughtful, compassionate, reflective conversation, so please begin them now!

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

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