Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

The Sarah Test

I have a member of my congregation named Sarah. She is an African-American woman in her fifties who often struggles to pay her bills. The weight of oppression, depression, and isolation weigh her down daily. She is dying to hear good news that will help her live another day. She needs to know deep in her soul (like all of us) that she is loved and cared for by a just and compassionate God.

As an incoming student at Luther Seminary, I was excited to sit in my classrooms and

Pray and Break Bread: The Value of Christian Public Leadership in the Work of Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence

For the first Pray & Break Bread urban and multicultural immersion trip of the year, Contextual Learning team members Katherine Parent and April Winebrenner-Palo led a group of 11 Luther Seminary students out of our campus, into the city, and on a deep journey of listening and learning on the topics of intimate partner and sexual violence.
 
The unbelievable, hard-working, deeply compassionate advocates at Jewish Domestic Abuse Collaborative in Minnetonka, the Sexual Violence Center

Director's Word

It is with great joy and anticipation that we welcome David Scherer as the new Christian Public Leader Coordinator and Karen Gieseke as our new Contextual Learning Associate.

David Scherer is a 2015 Luther Seminary graduate with an M.A. in Congregational Missional Leadership and an urban ministry developer with more than fifteen years of local experience. In this half-time position, David will coordinate ministry placements and the facilitation of the Christian Public Leader courses. We welcomed

Welcome, Dave!

My name is David Scherer and I am the new Christian Public Leader Coordinator here at Luther. I graduated last spring from Luther with an M.A. in Congregational Mission and Leadership. I have an amazing wife named Carolyn and two beautiful kids: Matthew (4) and Thomas (2). I come from six generations of Lutheran pastors - don’t hold it against me. My upbringing was far from the usual former pastor’s kid.

I was raised by a “New Age” mom, said a Sanskrit chant at the dinner

Welcome, Karen!

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?" Currently my days are filled with “first time” experiences as I begin my new call at Luther Seminary as Contextual Learning Associate. And I am thrilled! My “first time” experiences are varied, ranging from learning how the office copier works to the details of the Internship Handbook.

As I’m reading the Handbook, I am very aware that each intern at Luther Seminary encounters “first time” experiences

Pray and Break Bread With Us

Welcome to Pray and Break Bread for a new year! My name is Katherine Parent, and I'm excited to share about a great new year of urban and multicultural faith and justice trips. Pray and Break Bread is a series of off-campus events that bring Luther Seminary students, staff and faculty out into the community to learn from our diverse neighbors of faith. This year, there will be even more Pray and Break Bread than last year - we're planning eight exciting opportunities.

Fall 2015

Our three fall trips

Contextual Learning Now Hiring!

Contextual Learning is now filling two positions: Contextual Learning Coordinator for Christian Public Leader and Contextual Learning Associate. For more information on these two positions, please read on!

Luther Seminary invites applications for a Contextual Learning Coordinator for Christian Public Leader who will develop and maintain vibrant Contextual Learning environments for all MA and MDiv students in the Christian Public Leader (CPL) courses (FE0521-0524) at Luther Seminary.  This position

Director's Word: Grace at the Crossroads

One of my favorite additions to the Spring and Summer is to add a bike commute into my routine. It can be a shock to the system, at first. The commute is 22 miles. But once I’ve established a rhythm, the scenic and environmentally friendly ride into work is worth the extra time and effort. I love seeing all the cars backed up for miles and thinking, “I will take this seat over that one any day!” Or, the various gas stations I pass remind me that the car ride to work ain't cheap!

Pray and Break Bread: Looking Back on 2014 - 2015

We're celebrating a successful first year of Pray and Break Bread! Through four urban immersion trips, we brought Luther Seminary students, staff and faculty off-campus to meet and listen to our neighbors. We witnessed transformative models of community activism and ministry, and had powerful conversations around trip themes including interfaith dialogue, LGBTQIA advocacy, and housing justice. 

Our huge thanks go to Bethlehem Lutheran for their grant supporting this first year

Twin Cities LGBTQIA Advocacy and Housing Justice

This spring, Luther Seminary students and staff participated in two Pray and Break Bread trips to meet local faith leaders working collaboratively to end discrimination and poverty in the Twin Cities. In listening, sharing personal stories, asking questions and praying and eating together, our groups were both deeply challenged and encouraged. Each of our hosts provided us with valuable perspectives on ways Christians can engage in seeking justice, from fostering transformative conversations within