Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Call from the Wilderness: Listening at the Festival of Radical Discipleship

What does a longtime radical theologian and justice-seeker like Ched Myers do for his 60th birthday? Weep with the salmon over dammed riverbeds. Dance with Miriam to tambourine and djembe. Gather 180 friends to connect prophetic Biblical texts with ongoing experiences of solidarity and struggle in communities across the US!  

This February, I attended Ched’s Festival of Radical Discipleship in Oakview, CA, a gathering that was part celebration, part reunion, and part serious huddle

Internship: Placement Process and New Supervisor Workshop

To those sites and supervisors who interviewed this past month: Thank you all for completing your Preferences Forms punctually and with great detail! All of us here at Contextual Learning appreciate your attention and care as we begin our annual internship placement process.

Pastors, some of you have begun inquiring about preparations for a possible internship placement. We're happy to share these details with you.

Next Steps

We may be in touch with you with additional questions or suggestions as

Internship: Cluster Schedule

Twice per year in the fall and spring, all Internship supervisors and pastoral interns around the country are hosted by the nearest ELCA seminary for something called the "cluster meeting." At the cluster meeting, supervisors and pastoral interns enjoy a chance to meet, talk, ask questions, provide feedback, and learn from other partners in the Internship experience. These are valuable sessions and they contribute greatly to the Internship in both semesters. (They are also a fun way to get to know

Summer and Fall CPE Units Available

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn. has openings for CPE Level I full-time summer 2015 internships. Please submit applications to: For more information regarding the program click on this website link:

Good Samaritan Specialty Care Community, a long term care facility in Robbinsdale MN, still has openings for its full-time summer unit  (May  26 –

Join us for Pray and Break Bread: LGBTQIA Advocacy (Saturday March 28)!

One of the most fun and deeply meaningful things I've been part of at seminary is facilitating Contextual Learning's "Pray and Break Bread" project. This series of urban multicultural trips seeks to bring the Luther Seminary community off-campus to meet and listen to our neighbors.

Why is this important? Most of us have many opportunities to connect with other members of the Lutheran tradition (especially people of our own race, socioeconomic status, or gender or sexual identity), but fewer opportunities

New Cross-Cultural Opportunities: Geneva, Austin

Are you interested in a year-long internship as the Advocacy Intern in the Office for International Affairs and Human Rights at the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland? Applications are due April 30 and the position begins in September of this year. Please contact Contextual Learning for more information; we can forward you the application information and materials.

Are you interested in a Spanish-language Hispanic Ministry intensive this summer at Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest

Director's Word: Called to Be Unsettled

"A Gospel that doesn't unsettle, a Word of God that doesn't get under anyone's skin, a Word of God doesn't touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed, what Gospel is that?" - Oscar Romero

The end of December 2014 brought a congratulatory word from the President of Luther Seminary. She informed me that she had recommended my name to the Board (which they voted on and approved), and that my journey as Director of Contextual Learning would begin on January 1 2015.

As I settle

In Memory of Leelah Alcorn: A Prayer by Luther Alumnus Asher O'Callaghan

For January, I would like to share a short prayer in memory of transgender teen, Leelah Alcorn. This prayer was developed by Luther alumnus, Asher O'Callaghan, as part of the liturgy at House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO.

Leelah Alcorn was born in 1997 and given the name "Joshua." Throughout her adolescence, Leelah Alcorn felt that her female gender identity was not welcomed by her parents or faith community. In her last post to her Tumblr, Leelah wrote:

"When I was 14, I learned what

How Wide Are the Fences?

I have pictures of myself from the 1970s wearing a leisure suit. It was, as I recall, burnt orange in color. I had a colorful floral print polyester shirt to go with it and a really natty wide white belt and white shoes and classy looking very long sideburns. At the time I thought I looked great. Forty years later I look back and am appalled. (If you haven’t had that experience yet, be patient. You will. I have one word for you: Tattoos.)

About that time I was teaching confirmation using a

Internship: Evaluations, Concurrent Clusters, and FE 0200

Interns: As a friendly reminder, do not forget about your midpoint evaluations and other deliverables! You may find a complete list, with deadlines, on our Forms Timeline page. Click here to review our expectations.

Also, are you on a concurrent internship? Don't forget to touch base with Contextual Learning to share your schedule and participate in our upcoming calls with our new director, Tim Coltvet.

Last but not least, are you preparing for internship next year? Don't forget to register for