It may be an apocryphal story, but I have loved it for so long that I don’t care. The story goes that Albert Einstein, teaching advanced mathematical concepts, would cover the classroom blackboard with arcane equations of all sorts. Each night the janitorial staff would clean the blackboard, except for one little corner. In that corner, Einstein had written “2+2=4” and then added the instruction, “Do not erase.”
It’s a simple image. But it is also a reminder that
Pastors and interns regularly deal with the question of how to make the best possible use of social media and defining the proper limits of the use of Facebook, Twitter, etc. Recently Pastor Keith Anderson of Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, Penn., shared some good thoughts on this subject in his blog. Pastor Anderson is a good thinker on electronic media and ministry; we encourage you to check out this entry:
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
Some years ago one of my friends accepted a position teaching at a Lutheran seminary in Namibia. He found that many of the hymns of the Namibian church were Finnish in origin and were sometimes sung in Finnish, as were parts of the liturgy.
The Lutheran Church had been planted in Namibia in the 19th century by the Finns and was a product of that great missionary effort which brought Christianity to many places, but sometimes with the understanding that before the “natives” could learn
Contextual Learning Deployed Ambassador for Cuteness, Annalies Messner, 3 months old, in her great-great grandpa's baptism gown.
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.
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
As I write this, there are 350 people (mostly pastors) who are spending three days on campus at Luther Seminary as participants in the Rethinking Stewardship event.
It’s a good event. Chick Lane and the other organizers clearly did a superb job. The various presenters have met or exceeded expectations. The mood of the crowd is engaged and energized. (Not energized by rock-concert-crowd standards, but clearly energized.)
I’m grateful. Stewardship, including financial stewardship, is
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
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!
One warm July night Mrs. McKinley and I treated ourselves to a Neil Diamond concert at the local hockey-and-concert arena. We’ve seen Neil in action before and were quite eager to go again.
While there were some younger people there, most of the crowd was our generation, more twilight-side-of-the-hill than morning-side-of-the-mountain. But then Neil himself is 71. Nonetheless, the man radiates energy and performed for two solid hours without an intermission. Of course many of the songs were
Weekly meetings with your supervisor are important for your formation. Don't let them slack toward the end of internship.
Supervisory session a la Puget Sound. Intern Ben Hilding with Pastor Julie Josund, Edmonds Lutheran Church.