Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

A Meditation on Thirst and Love

For this month's Ministry in Context, I'd like to share a short meditation from Catholic poet, Mary Karr.

Disgraceland

Before my first communion at 40, I hung
to doubt as Satan spider-like stalked
the orb of dark surrounding Eden
for a wormhole into paradise.

God had first formed me in the womb
small as a bite of burger.
Once my lungs were done
He sailed a soul like a lit arrow

to inflame me. Maybe that piercing
made me howl at birth,
or the masked creatures
whose scalpel cut a lightning bolt to free me

Internship: Interviews February 17 - February 28

We are excited to welcome internship site supervisors and internship candidates to campus for our annual February Internship Interviews!

Students: Please click here for the link to our site list: http://www.luthersem.edu/contextual_learning/internship/placement_process.aspx. We invite you to review available sites and sign up for interviews! Please sign up for interviews by February 13.

Supervisors: After student sign-ups are complete, we will send each of you details about rooms, student interviews,

Teaching Congregations: Spring 2014

For those who are new to campus in Spring 2014, welcome. For those of you returning for the spring, welcome back!

Many of you have questions about the Teaching Congregations program in Spring 2014. We're happy to provide answers to these questions here!

Q. Should I take Teaching Congregations in Spring 2014?

A. Students completing their MDiv or CML MA via the distributive curriculum should continue to take Teaching Congregations FE 4021 and FE 4022 until all four semesters have been completed.

Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunity Available in Israel and Palestine!

What: Bethlehem Lutheran Church trip to Israel and Palestine, in partnership with Dar Al-Kalima and Christmas Lutheran Church.

Where: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beersheva, Masada, The Dead Sea, Qumran, Bethlehem, Hebron, Galilee, Jericho, Caesarea, Megiddo, Nazareth, Cana, Tabgha, Capernaum, Golan Heights.

When: April 22 - May 4 2014.

Leaders: Pr. Beth Warpmaeker (Pastor of Congregational Life and Outreach at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and former intern at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem and

Partnerships: Open House, Methodist House of Studies, DRBC, Muslim/Christian Dialogue

Open House: Welcoming Tim Coltvet and MA Community

In mid- to late-February, the office of Contextual Learning will be hosting an Open House to welcome Tim Coltvet and the MA community to the third floor! We'll have drinks, nibbles, and good cheer on a cold day. No RSVP required. More details are forthcoming. We hope to see you there!

Want more information? Contact contextuallearning@luthersem.edu!

Methodist House of Studies

From Academic Dean Craig Koester: We are pleased to tell you about an

Director's Word: Getting Involved in What God is Doing

Chris ScharenI had a revelation Christmas Eve. Yes, yes, I know. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. It's not that. It was during the 10:30 service, near the end, at the part where the lights go down and we all begin to light individual candles, one by one. For liturgical reasons I’ll spare you at the moment, at this juncture of the service we read a second Gospel lesson, here from the first chapter of John’s gospel. It fits here in a way, with all the talk of light shining in the darkness.

So what was my

A Meditation on the New Year: "Advice for Beginners" by Ira Glass

April Winebrenner-PaloIt's a new year, a new semester, and a new ritual season for most of our faith and ethical traditions. Rather than posting familiar recaps from 2013 or providing the same old list of resolutions for 2014, I want to equip you with some words that have helped me begin new chapters in the past.

May these words be fruitful to you as you begin a new season of work on your preaching, prayer, pastoral care, public ministry, liturgical design, schoolwork, writing, clinical visitations, or any of the other

On Walls and Second Winds

I admire people who run marathons, but have never been so inclined myself.  A few times I have participated in 5Ks in which some of the participants have run the entire distance, but I have limited my own running to distances approximating 50 yards.  Nonetheless, I do read and listen, and have seen the testimonies of marathoners that one typically “hits the wall” at about 20 miles, feeling totally spent and worn down.  However, the further testimony is that if one persists

Internship: Site Applications Due January 31

Because many congregations need to approve the application at a January annual meeting, the site application deadline is January 31, 2014. However, we are happy to receive applications at any time – the earlier the better!

Please find “Expectations for Internship Sites,” “Financial Matters,” and the application form itself at the following link: http://www2.luthersem.edu/contextual_learning/internship/for_congregations.asp.

When you are preparing your application for

Teaching Congregations: Reflection Questions and Spring 2014

Teaching Congregations FE 4021 grades have now been submitted. If you have not submitted Student and Mentor Pastor Reflection Questions for this semester, please give some attention to these details as soon as possible. You may find copies of all materials on the FE 4021 coursepage.

If your curriculum requires that you sign up for Teaching Congregations in Spring 2014, please don't forget to register for FE 4022. If you need to switch placements, or if you have questions about the new curriculum,