“I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything—other people, trees, clouds. And this is what I learned, that the world's otherness is antidote to confusion, that standing within this otherness—the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books—can re-dignify the worst-stung heart.” – Mary Oliver, “Staying Alive,” The West Wind (1995)
Welcome to the newest issue of Ministry in Context! I’m excited to …
The church is big enough for both gorilla and flamingo fans.
In late August Mrs. McKinley and I took our 3 ½ year old granddaughter to the Como Park Zoo in St. Paul. It was Eliza’s first visit, but she had heard about the place from her older brother.
From the beginning our agendas were not in perfect harmony. As veteran zoo-goers, Pat and I were excited to show Eliza the various animals on display: the gorillas, the lions, the giraffes, the zebras, the bison, etc.; and …
May your new work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.
May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.
May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.
Remember to be kind
To those who work for you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the …
Attend one of our Internship and Endorsement Information Sessions!
Curious about the internship and endorsement process? We can help! Stop by one of our Internship and Endorsement Information Sessions for a one-stop-shop!
- Monday October 7 at 4:30pm at NW Aud
- Tuesday October 8 at 6:00pm at NW Aud
If you can't attend, we will be preparing a recording from the event that we can send to you! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on this list. See you there!
Cluster meetings …
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!
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!
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: http://www.luthersem.edu/crosscultural/default.aspx?m=3671
Stop by the SCUPE visit!
Dave Frenchak of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) will be on campus and …
Join the ELCA Internship Supervisors Facebook Group!
Click here to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ELCAInternSupervisors/
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.
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 …
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 …