Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

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

 

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Intern Neal Cannon, Intern Kayla Monson, Pastor Joel Quie, Pastor Bob Linstrand, and intern LisaMarie Doerrmann at the West Metro Cluster Meeting.

 

Interns Kristine Isder, Gwen Powell, Amy Swenson and Amanda Ullrich at the Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster.

 

Interns Jeremy Ullrich, William Johnson, Josh Toufar and Michael Buller enjoy a little cribbage during a lunch break at the Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster.

 

Pastor Rick Hoyme, Intern Aaron

Sally's new call

Our colleague Sally Messner left her position in Contextual Learning at the end of September. This is bittersweet news. The "bitter" part is that we will dearly miss a delightful and skilled colleague. The "sweet" part is that she plans to spend more time at home with her 4-month old daughter, Annalies, and expand her freelance work as a musician and editor. We wish Sally, Josh and Annalies all the best and are grateful for her time with us.

Part of Sally's work with Contextual Learning has been

Swimming in the deep

By Ingrid C.A. Rasmussen

During the 2011-12 year, Ingrid Rasmussen served her internship at Augustana in West St. Paul, Minn. Following the end of the internship she attended a writing workshop at St. John’s University and during that workshop she wrote the following reflection on internship:

Eleven months, two weeks, and six days ago, I parked my car, checked my fly, folded my alb over my arm, strolled into the building, greeted the caretaker, inquired about the secretary's weekend, prepared

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Contextual Learning Deployed Ambassador for Cuteness, Annalies Messner, 3 months old, in her great-great grandpa's baptism gown.

 

Cheerio!

Intern Adam Butler got a cheerful send off from his congregation, Bethany Lutheran in Denver, Colo., with an in-gathering of breakfast cereal and other foodstuffs.

Bonus: Watch supervisor Pastor Ron Gluesenkamp's YouTube video, getting the word out about the plan to the good folks of Bethany.

 

Senior Launch Event, Sept. 5

Seniors returning

For interns returning to campus

The Contextual Learning staff will be welcoming you back from internship on Wednesday, Sept. 5, the second day of classes. The day’s chapel service will call attention to the fact that you and your intern colleagues have returned from internship to begin the "final launch phase" of your seminary training.

In the afternoon, we’ll host a reception in the NW Atrium at 1:30 p.m. Following that, we’ll move to NW 100 Auditorium for a plenary session and small group discussion from 2-5

Don't forget those signatures!

Many of you are coming down to the wire on your internships. We trust that you are working to submit your final evaluations. Remember that, while all of the reports and evaluations can be done online, we need to have hard copies of the last pages of the evaluations with the proper signatures on them! Your internship is not complete until we have those signatures!


New Arrivals

The month of May saw two new arrivals within the internship network.

Nicolas Christoffels was born on May 5 to interns Stephanie and Anthony Christoffels. Nicolas was 7 pounds, 5 ounces at birth, 19 ½ inches long.  Stephanie is interning at Christ Lutheran in Hartford, S.D, and Anthony at the Colton (S.D.) parish.

Annalies Messner was born to Sally and Josh Messner on May 10, weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 19 inches. Sally is Teaching Congregations Coordinator in the Contextual

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On May 8-9, about 25 new internship supervisors gathered at Luther Seminary for an orientation to their role as they prepare to mentor students through internship in the coming year.

Pastors Marda Messick (St. Stephen’s, Tallahassee, Fla.), Heather Culuris (Kenyon Area Internship Committee, Minn.) and Marta Poling-Goldenne (New Song, Anthem, Nev.) enjoy a smile at the New Supervisors Orientation.

Pastors Howie Skulstad (Bethany, Minneapolis, Minn.) and Bob Lindstrand (Advent, Anoka, Minn.)

Walk slowly and never look busy

By Steve Arnold

When I look busy I communicate that I don’t have time for a person. When I look busy I put up walls and barriers rather than communicate a sense of welcome.I recently saw a sign that said, “People who are always in a hurry work out of a sense of oppression rather than a sense of call.” This is a strong statement, and as I ponder the statement I believe it to be true.

I have been in diaconal ministry for 42 years, and for 25 of those years I was tasked with preparing