Ministry in Context

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunity in Nicaragua

In May 2014, Concordia College is hosting a 21-day Justice Journey to Nicaragua during which students will learn and work alongside the award-winning non-profit Lutheran World Relief. The program will begin with 3 days of language learning and group building at Concordia Language Villages. Students will then experience day visits to cocoa, coffee, and other working cooperatives; service-learning opportunities; homestays with eco-tourism emphases; guided reflections on poverty, sustainability, and

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Clinical Pastoral Education: New Opportunity with Allina

Allina Hospital System has a few openings remaining for their Spring 2014 extended CPE units.  The units are 26 hours a week for 15 weeks (end of January through mid-May).

More details and the application process are on their website:  http://www.allinahealth.org/ahs/cpe.nsf/

For more information about the available spring units or to make application, please contact the supervisor directly at:

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Partnerships: Upcoming Boundaries Workshops

A Boundaries Workshop is required of every student in each degree program. Luther Seminary offers several Boundaries Workshops each year. You can choose the Boundaries Workshop that best fits your schedule. Every workshop is held on-campus at Luther Seminary. There is no cost for the workshop. All of these workshops are open to students in any degree program.

Please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/luthersem.edu/forms/d/1QDgQA9k3Fos4zw-T3xFZq2AjFc5ERQVqc1WZjtvrjwI/viewform

There are four

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