Seamus Heaney was a Northern Irish poet, playwright, peace activist, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. From his own perspective amid Northern Irish political conflict, Heaney penned "The Cure at Troy" as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and an indictment of apartheid in South Africa. Heaney passed away on August 30 2013 and was followed less than four months later by Nelson Mandela himself on December 5 2013. It seems appropriate to share Heaney's poem for Mandela for this month's
Rufus grew up in Liberia, became a refugee during Liberia's political unrest, and lived in the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Ghana before immigrating to the United States in 2004. Today, he is a Luther Seminary MDiv and serves as the Intern Pastor at Como Park Lutheran with Pastor Martin Ericson. In this column, Rufus shares his experiences interning in a culturally unfamiliar context.
I see my internship as an opportunity for me and the Church for us to get to know each other, understand each other,
Step 1: Apply
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:
When you are preparing your
All Teaching Congregations Reflection Questions are due on December 17!
Students: As always, we will need two sets of Reflection Questions: one from you and one from your mentor pastor. You can access these via the FE 4021 coursepage. They can be submitted via online survey or via electronic or hard copy.
These Reflection Questions are intended for you and your mentor pastor to engage in thoughtful, compassionate, reflective conversation, so please begin them now!
Check out our new Cross-Cultural Education options!
Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta
January 22 2014
The Urban Plunge
is an annual urban immersion experience that offers a realistic and practical look at systemic issues which are problematic in our society. Participants will have the opportunity to view urban life and cities as places of the arts, learning, music, entertainment and commerce. Plunge participants will discover how urban areas are frequently purveyors
Two of our congregational partners have new job opportunities available!
Kids Choir Director
Shepherd of the Hills, Edina MN
Shepherd of the Hills, a growing, community-focused congregation is seeking a children's choir director. Our Elementary age students gather on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 for 30min of art followed by 30min of music. The hour-long program is called, "WAM" (Worship, Art, Music). In addition to Wednesday evenings the kids choir is scheduled to offer a musical piece in worship
A short update and a book recommendation.
Thank you for the many responses to my column last month on the issue of interns and administration of the sacraments. I have had (and continue to have) lively conversations with interns, former interns, pastors and bishops. I've drafted a letter to our partner bishops in Regions 1 and 3 seeking their wisdom. I'll report back with a more complete response in due time.
For now, just know the conversation is rich, about central aspects of
On getting out of the tower and experiencing three spiritual
gatherings at three very different places: St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, First Lutheran Church in Brookings, South Dakota, and Como Park Lutheran.
I work in a tower, tucked away in one of the highest, quietest parts of a beautiful campus. It’s not quite the Astronomy Tower of Harry Potter’s fabled Hogwarts—although the view out the window is lovely. Nor is it Tutor Cornelius’ secret tower at the top
There is usually nothing overtly thrilling about the day to day life of the average pastor or intern, unless your threshold of thrilling is low enough to include committee meetings. But every now and then...
I got an e-mail the other day urging me to buy a particular book. I haven’t done it yet, but I might.
The book is a thriller about a Lutheran pastor. The blurb in the e-mail describes the central character as
“a Lutheran minister with a past quite different from