Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Director's Word: Clarity of Vision

For those of you on internship, do you remember this image from our internship orientation? In the orientation session, we talked about two distinct arcs of learning over the span of one’s internship. One of the arcs had to do with the flow of internship: entering a community, establishing rhythms of reflective practice, growing in leadership/bearing fruit, and lastly, ending well. The other arc had to do with some integrative practices that every leader must exhibit when leading Christian communities:

The Intern (Or: "I'll Call You When I Have Something for You to Do")

“I’ll call you when I have something for you to do.” Have you seen the movie The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro? I checked it out since I like the work of these two actors, and I was curious to see the role reversal described in the film: DeNiro’s character finds retirement unsatisfying, so he decides to re-enter the work world by applying for a “Senior Internship” opportunity at a new, online business created and launched by Hathaway, a young,

The Sarah Test

I have a member of my congregation named Sarah. She is an African-American woman in her fifties who often struggles to pay her bills. The weight of oppression, depression, and isolation weigh her down daily. She is dying to hear good news that will help her live another day. She needs to know deep in her soul (like all of us) that she is loved and cared for by a just and compassionate God.

As an incoming student at Luther Seminary, I was excited to sit in my classrooms and

Pray and Break Bread: The Value of Christian Public Leadership in the Work of Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence

For the first Pray & Break Bread urban and multicultural immersion trip of the year, Contextual Learning team members Katherine Parent and April Winebrenner-Palo led a group of 11 Luther Seminary students out of our campus, into the city, and on a deep journey of listening and learning on the topics of intimate partner and sexual violence.
 
The unbelievable, hard-working, deeply compassionate advocates at Jewish Domestic Abuse Collaborative in Minnetonka, the Sexual Violence Center

Scholarship to Attend the 2015 Johnson Symposium on Faith & Society

Interns! We have a very special opportunity to share with you. Have you ever attended the excellent Johnson Symposium on Faith & Society, which has previously featured speakers from Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber to Rev. Heidi Neumark to Dr. Marcus J. Borg? Now is your chance to attend both days of the 2015 Symposium -- for free!

First, a word about the 2015 Johnson Symposium on Faith & Society, sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis:

Dr. John Arthur Nunes will be the featured presenter

Internship Program Updates

Thanks again to those students who stopped by our Internship & Endorsement Info Sessions this month! We hope these were helpful discussions for you. We did record one of our Info Sessions, so if you would like to review a recording of what we covered, please click here: http://download.luthersem.edu/media/internship_endorsement.mp4

As we move through October and rapidly approach our Fall 2016 internship application deadline, it's time to share some urgent program reminders for you.

Are you thinking

CPE Program Updates

Thank you all for visiting our CPE Q&A Sessions and CPE Info Fair this month! We enjoyed getting the chance to speak with you about your CPE inquiries, and our guest presenters were thrilled to meet so many great Luther Seminary students! As a brief follow-up, we wanted to share some program reminders for you.

What is CPE? Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) offers students the opportunity to develop and integrate theological knowledge and professional skills in a wide variety of clinical contexts

Director's Word

It is with great joy and anticipation that we welcome David Scherer as the new Christian Public Leader Coordinator and Karen Gieseke as our new Contextual Learning Associate.

David Scherer is a 2015 Luther Seminary graduate with an M.A. in Congregational Missional Leadership and an urban ministry developer with more than fifteen years of local experience. In this half-time position, David will coordinate ministry placements and the facilitation of the Christian Public Leader courses. We welcomed

Welcome, Dave!

My name is David Scherer and I am the new Christian Public Leader Coordinator here at Luther. I graduated last spring from Luther with an M.A. in Congregational Mission and Leadership. I have an amazing wife named Carolyn and two beautiful kids: Matthew (4) and Thomas (2). I come from six generations of Lutheran pastors - don’t hold it against me. My upbringing was far from the usual former pastor’s kid.

I was raised by a “New Age” mom, said a Sanskrit chant at the dinner

Welcome, Karen!

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?" Currently my days are filled with “first time” experiences as I begin my new call at Luther Seminary as Contextual Learning Associate. And I am thrilled! My “first time” experiences are varied, ranging from learning how the office copier works to the details of the Internship Handbook.

As I’m reading the Handbook, I am very aware that each intern at Luther Seminary encounters “first time” experiences