Ministry in Context

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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Learning the language

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

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Photo Album

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

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What we learn after we know it all

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

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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

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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!


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For the 10,000th time

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

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Don't neglect those weekly meetings with your supervisor

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.

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Summer pondering

Summer is a great time to reflect. I have fond memories of childhood summers. School was out, and I had friends around. There was programmed activity, I’m sure, but what I remember are lazy times playing with friends. There were fields to play in, tiny creatures to discover, weather patterns to watch—a time when I cultivated a curiosity about life. We had way more questions than our parents or older kids could answer, and it was wonderful.

Summertime isn’t quite so lazy anymore.

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Saying good-bye

Every year at the Spring Cluster Meetings we have a discussion about saying good-bye to the internship congregation. This is the advice given to interns at that time. Supervisors hear all of this, but lay committees might find this advice helpful.

  1. Talk openly about leaving and your feelings about it.
  2. Accept invitations out, even if they were not offered before.
  3. Pay outstanding debts in the community.
  4. Have a farewell celebration—accept gifts graciously.
  5. Take time to say individual good-byes

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