Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Teaching Congregations Due Dates

Teaching Congregations Site Preferences Forms are due Sep 27!

Beginning a Teaching Congregations placement for the first time? Your Site Preferences Form was due on Friday September 27. Connect with us if you haven't done this!

Teaching Congregations Learning Agreements are due Oct 16!

All Teaching Congregations Learning Agreement worksheets are due October 16. Contact us with questions or concerns about this. We look forward to working with you and your mentor pastors this year!

Clinical Pastoral Education Events

Our CPE Information Fair was a big success!

Many thanks to Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, Allina Health, St. Cloud VA, Park Nicollet, and Fairview University Medical Center for their wonderful help during our CPE Info Fair on Thursday September 26.

We are also hosting two follow-up Q & A sessions:

- Thursday October 3 at 12pm at NW 320
- Wednesday October 16 at 1pm at NW 210E

Stop by and learn more about the CPE process!

Cross-Cultural Education Opportunities

New cross-cultural experiences are now available!

Want to travel to Shalom Hill Farm, Chicago, Germany, Los Angeles, or other locations? Want to learn about public issues in urban ministry, interfaith dialogue, or Spanish-language immersion?

Click here to check out our newest Cross-Cultural Education experiences:

Stop by the SCUPE visit!

Dave Frenchak of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) will be on campus and

Sharing Voices

Join the ELCA Internship Supervisors Facebook Group!

Click here to join:

There is a new Facebook group for all ELCA Internship supervisors! Join the group, share your experiences, and connect with other supervisors around the country.

Social Corner

Happy wedding!

Best wishes to Jill Rode and Gretchen Colby on their August wedding! Jill is a senior here at Luther Seminary and a recent intern at St. John's United Lutheran Church and Faith Action Network in Seattle, Washington. Gretchen is a Luther Seminary/PLTS student and a recent intern at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan, New York. Best of luck to the happy newlyweds as they embark on their next chapter together.

Congratulations on your new baby!

Warm wishes to Bitta Fynskov Clark and

Director's Word

I've been praying for and thinking about the many new students headed out into various ministry contexts. Of course, I'm thinking of interns, supervisors, lay committees, and congregations getting started together just now. Also, I think of Teaching Congregation students, new to Luther and to theological education, trying to find a learning context to accompany them during years of classwork. 

Many of you, dear readers, are NOT connected to a new internship. You might be tempted to skip this

Welcome April!

April Winebrenner-Palo is the new Program Administrative Assistant and Teaching Congregations Coordinator in the Contextual Learning Department.   She will support all facets of the Contextual Learning curriculum, assist in the leadership of the Teaching Congregations program and serve as the primary contact person for Contextual Learning’s congregational partners.  

This is what April has to say about herself:

My name is April Winebrenner-Palo. My academic background lies in

Ready or Not, Here I Come!

Another internship year is about to start. Is your Lay Internship Committee ready? 

  1. Prepare to welcome your new intern and their family, if they have one. Someone from your committee or staff should be appointed to coordinate this welcoming time. The intern will need a contact person who can field questions dealing with basic "getting settled" issues, such as housing and transportation. Don't just assume it's the pastor or other staff member. Make sure you KNOW who's handling this. Be organized.

Fall Cluster Meetings

Twin Cities West Metro: October 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield. (Steve McKinley) 

Washington-Alaska-Montana Cluster: October 15-16 at Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, WA. (Julie Josund)

Southeastern Minnesota: October 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Rochester. (Steve McKinley) 

Northern Minnesota-North Dakota: October 22 at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo. (Chris Scharen) 

Southwestern Minnesota: October 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the

Wreck this Journal

My lovely wife gave me a gift for my birthday that is absolutely driving me nuts.

She knows very well that I love blank journals. Give me a Moleskine and I go to my happy place. And if a pen comes with it, all the better.  It is an article of faith for me that a person can never have too many journals or too many pens. 

So here’s this gift called “Wreck This Journal.” Every page has an instruction on it.  For example:

  • Figure Out A Way To Freeze This Page
  • Write