Ministry in Context

The undertaking

by Ingrid Arneson Rasmussen

“A good funeral gets the dead to where they are going, and the living to where they need to be.” –Thomas Lynch

During theology school, I took a preaching course on death and dying with Tom Long. Long assigned Thomas Lynch’s book entitled The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade. Lynch, a poet and a funeral director in Michigan, shares Long’s abiding interest in the way that the living treat the dead.

Unless your internship congregation

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Are blue Priuses the official vehicle of choice for ELCA Lutherans these days? Maybe they are in the state of Washington. These four lined up side by side at the ordination of Annette Andrews-Lux at Trinity Lutheran in Freeland on January 19. (Jim Lindus, Luther Seminary Board Chair, is the senior pastor at Trinity.) Word has it that three of these cars belong to ELCA pastors, and the fourth is driven by a person from the NW Washington Candidacy Committee. (photo by Julie Josund)

Merry Christmas!

Tony Fair

Tony Fair, who was in the midst of a concurrent internship at Messiah Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, died on Dec. 18, 2012, after a long series of health struggles. Tony was a delightful, happy, energetic man who, not long before his death, was working on his approval essays from the intensive care unit.

We join with the entire seminary community in sending sympathy and prayers to Tony’s sons Everett and Maddox and his sister Theresa. May God’s comfort be with those who mourn.

A time

May the library be with you

By Andy Keck

Ever get stumped by a question in Bible Study? Struggling to develop a sermon topic? Clueless about starting a new ministry in an area you don't know anything about? The Luther Seminary Library is here to help. No matter how distant you happen to be from campus, you can continue to use our growing electronic resources and services, make use of our expanded hours and delivery service, or plug into your local library.

Electronic resource and services include a growing number of databases

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Intern Lynne Ogren with Julie Josund at Island of Faith Lutheran Church in Wrangell, Alaska.

The morning report

If you have seen “The Lion King” (and we hope you have!) you might remember that delightful little song called “The Morning Report,” in which Zazu, the red-billed hornbill who serves as eyes and ears for King Mufasa, comes before the king to give an account of what has happened in Mufasa’s kingdom in the last 24 hours.

Chimps are going ape, giraffes remain above it all
Elephants remember, though just what I can't recall
Crocodiles are snapping up fresh offers from the

Ready for some bread-breaking?

Want to bake some fine communion bread for the holidays? Or show other folks in the congregation how to do it? Or, to tell the truth…just some good eating bread for yourself or your family or your guests?

Using the official “Luther Seminary Recipe,” one of our fine internship supervisors, Pastor Ron Glusenkamp of Bethany Lutheran, Cherry Hills, Colorado, shows you how in this video:

http://vimeo.com/48145113

Thanks for sharing this, Ron!

For the lay committee: Thinking about the holidays

Here we are in Advent, that hectic and joyous time. We’ll celebrate Christmas as families gather for gala celebrations, great meals and traditional activities. That’s great.

But for some interns, this could be a hard time. Some interns might not be going home for Christmas for the first time. They’ll be missing out on things they’ve always done and the people they have always enjoyed these holidays with. If the intern has a family, the intern’s spouse will be going through

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Photos from the Nov. 6 cluster meeting of interns in the Pacific Northwest.