Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

We Have Marked These Days With Promise: A Reflection on Graduation

It is a particularly special time in the life of many Luther Seminary students. As graduation approaches, the anticipation and hope for the future beyond seminary beckons with each passing day. And yet, “not so fast,” we say. So many of the students at Luther have been deeply embedded in contexts with meaningful and generative relationships. Supervisors and staff, students and families alike, have welcomed them into the very fabric of their personal and communal lives.

I think of the

Step This Way, Please: A Reflection on Leadership

I’ve occasionally had guilt pangs about not doing enough as a volunteer in the church we belong to, so during the most recent “Time and Talent” survey, I signed up to be an usher. We’re in church most Sundays anyway, so it didn’t seem like an imposition on my schedule. Now I have actually ushered a few times, and, let me tell you, this ushering business is a great gig, one of the best church assignments I’ve had in years.

People come in and I greet them and hand

Internship: New Supervisor Workshop and Cluster Meetings

By now, our 2014 - 2015 intern and supervisor teams have been notified of their placements and are just beginning to take their first steps down the exciting path of internship together. To our supervisors, we say: Whether you are a new supervisor or a more experienced one, internship is a major opportunity to share the work of lifting up a new generation of Christian public leaders. We are looking forward to supporting you in that work!

We would also like to say "Thank you" to the new supervisors

Cross-Cultural Education: New Internship Opportunity at Minnesota Council of Churches

The Minnesota Council of Churches has a new cross-cultural internship available with the Taking Heart/Ramadan Open House Series. The internship would be available mid-May through mid-August, before and after the Islamic month of Ramadan. "Taking Heart is a program which brings Muslims and non-Muslims together for conversation and food. During the month of Ramadan, which will take place in June - July of 2014, a series of Taking Heart events are planned to coincide with Iftar meals at mosques in the

Teaching Congregations and Christian Public Leader: Reflection Questions and Program Updates

This is a quick, friendly reminder that Teaching Congregations Reflection Questions were due May 5 for graduating seniors and May 12 for non-graduating students. Students may find an online form for their Student Reflection Questions on the FE 4022 coursepage. Mentor pastors may find an online form for their Mentor Pastor Reflection Questions at the following link: If a student or a mentor pastor would prefer

CPE: Registration Reminder

We would like to share a friendly reminder to all students preparing to begin CPE this summer. As soon as you know where you will be doing CPE, please send Contextual Learning a copy of your acceptance paperwork. Be sure it includes information about the site, the supervisor, and the start and end dates.

When this acceptance paperwork is on file, Contextual Learning will contact the Registrar's office to register you for either a full-time or part-time CPE class. Course credit and tuition will be

Partnerships: New Grant Opportunity through Wheat Ridge, New Service-Learning Opportunity through Rezek House

WeRaise, a crowdfunding platform by Wheat Ridge Ministries in Itasca, IL, supports faith-based social justice projects through grant opportunities. Available grant opportunities include the Joshua Grant Program (a one-year matching grant of $1000 - $5000 for congregational and community health and wellness projects), the GrantsPlus Grant Program (a three-year grant of up to $50,000 for health and social services projects), and the Burst Project (a one-time grant of up to $5000 for young adult social

Director's Word: Being Light of the World

It is not that hard, after all, to know what God is doing in the world. God is loving it. And all I have to do to see what God is doing loving the world is to talk to our interns from Luther Seminary. In my columns this spring, I’m highlighting how our interns and their congregations are getting involved in what God is doing in the world. This month, I’ve talked to Emmy Kegler, Intern at Light of the World in Apple Valley MN.

Two intertwining aspects of Emmy’s internship caught

Sharing Voices: Spotlight on Dilame Atebo, CYF Student and Refugee Mentor

With a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Psychology from Addis Ababa University in Ethopia, first-year Children Youth and Family MA student Dilame Atebo has come to Luther seminary with noble goals. Her work in Ethiopia has ranged from volunteering as a gender specialist through the United Nations Development Program, to the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse as a project officer.

Dilame’s passion for the dignity and rights of the most vulnerable in society

Potluck Open House: A Great Success

Thank you all for coming out to meet Tim Coltvet and the MA community at our Open House on Tuesday April 1! In the words of Contextual Learning director Chris Scharen, "The best dish in the mix was the happy students filling our space, eating the delicious mix of treats, beginning to feel at home in the new space where Tim is hanging out. But close behind was the joy of launching our newly gained partnership with a unified contextual education team, learning from Tim and all the CYF wisdom, and sharing