Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Contextual Learning Now Hiring!

Contextual Learning is now filling two positions: Contextual Learning Coordinator for Christian Public Leader and Contextual Learning Associate. For more information on these two positions, please read on!

Luther Seminary invites applications for a Contextual Learning Coordinator for Christian Public Leader who will develop and maintain vibrant Contextual Learning environments for all MA and MDiv students in the Christian Public Leader (CPL) courses (FE0521-0524) at Luther Seminary.  This position

Director's Word: Grace at the Crossroads

One of my favorite additions to the Spring and Summer is to add a bike commute into my routine. It can be a shock to the system, at first. The commute is 22 miles. But once I’ve established a rhythm, the scenic and environmentally friendly ride into work is worth the extra time and effort. I love seeing all the cars backed up for miles and thinking, “I will take this seat over that one any day!” Or, the various gas stations I pass remind me that the car ride to work ain't cheap!

Back in the Saddle Again (Sort Of)

It’s been ten years since I served in the parish, but when the invitation came to do an extended bit of supply preaching, I couldn’t resist. Chuck Trittin, the pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Eagan, was going on sabbatical and All Saints needed someone to preach and lead worship during the sabbatical. All Saints is near my home, so I accepted the invitation. The congregation was even gracious enough to grant me a three-Sunday “vacation” early in the assignment while

Pray and Break Bread: Looking Back on 2014 - 2015

We're celebrating a successful first year of Pray and Break Bread! Through four urban immersion trips, we brought Luther Seminary students, staff and faculty off-campus to meet and listen to our neighbors. We witnessed transformative models of community activism and ministry, and had powerful conversations around trip themes including interfaith dialogue, LGBTQIA advocacy, and housing justice. 

Our huge thanks go to Bethlehem Lutheran for their grant supporting this first year

Twin Cities LGBTQIA Advocacy and Housing Justice

This spring, Luther Seminary students and staff participated in two Pray and Break Bread trips to meet local faith leaders working collaboratively to end discrimination and poverty in the Twin Cities. In listening, sharing personal stories, asking questions and praying and eating together, our groups were both deeply challenged and encouraged. Each of our hosts provided us with valuable perspectives on ways Christians can engage in seeking justice, from fostering transformative conversations within

Hein Fry Book of Faith Challenge: Growing Biblical Literacy

The Bible Division invites all Fall 2015 interns to consider an exciting opportunity to enliven the biblical engagement and learning of the church (and to do a lot of learning yourself in the process). The ELCA has recently announced the Hein Fry Book of Faith Challenge. Here's the challenge:
 
"Create an innovative class/encounter/series engaging Scripture in a congregational setting. The project should invite people in that setting to open Scripture and join the conversation for the sake

Finishing Up or Beginning CPE? Don't Forget!

Are you finishing CPE? Congratulations! As you see on our website and on all CPE coursepages, to receive credit for completion of this pass/fail course, you will turn in a copy of both the CPE supervisor’s and your final evaluation to the Office of Contextual Learning. Your supervisor's evaluation is prepared by your supervisor. Your self-evaluation is the written assignment that you are assigned at the end of the unit. Both evaluations will be read by the director of Contextual Learning, and

Visiting for Intensives? Come See Us!

Are you visiting for the intensives this summer? We are hosting many events for you! Please take note of the schedule and stop by. We'd love to see you!

Internship and Endorsement Information Session
Tuesday June 9
11:30am to 12:30pm
OCC Auxiliary Dining Room

Are you planning for internship in Fall 2016? Do you have questions about the endorsement process? During the internship and endorsement information session, Contextual Learning staff and Krista Lind will share

Director's Word: Broken Mirrors and Easter Promises

Do you ever wonder if eight-year-olds are listening to your sermon? Not too long ago, our home congregation recently said farewell to a pastor who had served a tenure of nearly 11 years. Given this long stretch of time, I thought that I should ask my twelve-year-old son a nearly impossible question, “Of all the sermons you’ve heard over your lifetime, is there one that stands out to you?” After scratching his head and looking at me quizzically (as if to say, 'Why do you always ask

Spotlight: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

In March, Irene Amon (one of our fabulous Contextual Learning student staff members and an international student from Accra, Ghana) traveled to New York City to participate in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women! We asked Irene to share a few reflections about her experience of that trip.

My trip to the conference at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), was an eye opener and an avenue that provided me with the information about what the Beijing