Ministry in Context

Contextualization Gives Theology Hands

As practical theologian Fernando Arzola (pictured) says in his book Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry: Theory and Praxis in Urban Context, “Contextualization gives theology hands.” I am excited for the beginning of a new academic year, and I see the importance of us starting out right. My work in the Contextual Learning office has brought together various threads of work that will be strengthened through collaborative work that involves classroom, context, and communal life both on campus

Sharing Voices: Spotlight on Tony Fair and All Metro Praise

Whether working in a congregation or here at the seminary, I find that May and June become a reflective time to naturally step back and think about the past. In this reflective time, one will find lessons learned, wisdom gleaned, as well as impulses for future possibilities. Indeed, it is a generative and freeing time to truly vision and wonder about with is next. I find myself thinking about some of the innovators who came along and took a leap of faith with some visions and wondering of their own.

Welcoming Tim Coltvet to Contextual Learning, Highlighting Connections

If you were to read my most recent bio, it would likely say that I am the Coordinator of Contextual Learning and Coaching for the Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Master's degree, that I am a pastor, that I love my call to walk alongside seminary students as they are called to learning, and that I have served in two vibrant ELCA parishes in the Twin Cities to shape Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. This has, indeed, been my calling at Luther for the past five years!

As we begin the Spring

Internship: Site Applications Due January 31

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 application for

Teaching Congregations: Reflection Questions and Spring 2014

Teaching Congregations FE 4021 grades have now been submitted. If you have not submitted Student and Mentor Pastor Reflection Questions for this semester, please give some attention to these details as soon as possible. You may find copies of all materials on the FE 4021 coursepage.

If your curriculum requires that you sign up for Teaching Congregations in Spring 2014, please don't forget to register for FE 4022. If you need to switch placements, or if you have questions about the new curriculum,

Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunity in Nicaragua

In May 2014, Concordia College is hosting a 21-day Justice Journey to Nicaragua during which students will learn and work alongside the award-winning non-profit Lutheran World Relief. The program will begin with 3 days of language learning and group building at Concordia Language Villages. Students will then experience day visits to cocoa, coffee, and other working cooperatives; service-learning opportunities; homestays with eco-tourism emphases; guided reflections on poverty, sustainability, and

Clinical Pastoral Education: New Opportunity with Allina

Allina Hospital System has a few openings remaining for their Spring 2014 extended CPE units.  The units are 26 hours a week for 15 weeks (end of January through mid-May).

More details and the application process are on their website:  http://www.allinahealth.org/ahs/cpe.nsf/

For more information about the available spring units or to make application, please contact the supervisor directly at:

Partnerships: Upcoming Boundaries Workshops

A Boundaries Workshop is required of every student in each degree program. Luther Seminary offers several Boundaries Workshops each year. You can choose the Boundaries Workshop that best fits your schedule. Every workshop is held on-campus at Luther Seminary. There is no cost for the workshop. All of these workshops are open to students in any degree program.

Please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/luthersem.edu/forms/d/1QDgQA9k3Fos4zw-T3xFZq2AjFc5ERQVqc1WZjtvrjwI/viewform

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Sharing Voices: A Guest Post by Intern Rufus Kudee

Rufus grew up in Liberia, became a refugee during Liberia's political unrest, and lived in the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Ghana before immigrating to the United States in 2004. Today, he is a Luther Seminary MDiv and serves as the Intern Pastor at Como Park Lutheran with Pastor Martin Ericson. In this column, Rufus shares his experiences interning in a culturally unfamiliar context.

I see my internship as an opportunity for me and the Church for us to get to know each other, understand each other,

Clinical Pastoral Education: New CPE Unit Available in Burnsville, Edina, and Minneapolis

A new CPE unit is now available!

Take one class this Spring and complete one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education during the Spring Semester!

Fairview CPE is offering three options for the Spring Semester CPE:

1. Fairview Ridges/Ebenezer Ridges (Burnsville)
2. Fairview Southdale Hospital (Edina)/Ebenezer Minneapolis campus
3. University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (Minneapolis)

All programs will begin orientation during the week of January 27 and be completed by May 23.  Students