Ministry in Context

Potluck Open House: A Great Success

Thank you all for coming out to meet Tim Coltvet and the MA community at our Open House on Tuesday April 1! In the words of Contextual Learning director Chris Scharen, "The best dish in the mix was the happy students filling our space, eating the delicious mix of treats, beginning to feel at home in the new space where Tim is hanging out. But close behind was the joy of launching our newly gained partnership with a unified contextual education team, learning from Tim and all the CYF wisdom, and sharing

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Internship: New 2014 - 2015 Placements Coming Soon!

Thank you all for your patience over these weeks of interviewing, submitting preferences, and now waiting as we work and pray through the process of matching our internship students with an internship supervisor and congregation. Internship placements for 2014 - 2015 are coming soon! The office of Contextual Learning will send these out on or before April 15.

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Cross-Cultural Education: New Opportunities Available in Indigenous Rights, Environmental Justice, Hispanic Ministry!

The Native Ministries Consortium Summer School 2014 will be held at the Indigenous Studies Centre at Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia from July 7, 2014 - July 18, 2014. The goal of the program is "to empower and facilitate leadership, spiritual expression, and justice to enable Indigenous people to exercise self-determination within the Christian church and in society." To apply, contact nmp@vst.edu and visit www.vst.edu by July 6.


 

The Caring for Creation Shalom

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Contextual Education: New Teaching Congregations and Christian Public Leader Updates!

In the Teaching Congregations program as per the distributive curriculum, please remember that all Student and Mentor Pastor Reflection Questions are due on Monday May 5 for graduating seniors and Monday May 12 for non-graduating students. Students may find more information on their coursepages. Please contact the office of Contextual Learning if you would like help accessing or completing these.



In the Christian Public Leader program as per the portfolio curriculum, watch this space for updates

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Clinical Pastoral Education: New CPE Procedures!

The office of Contextual Learning would like to share an update to the CPE registration and payment procedure, effective immediately:

1. As soon as you know where you will be doing CPE, please send Contextual Learning a copy of your acceptance paperwork. Be sure it includes information about the site, the supervisor, and the start and end dates.

2. When this acceptance paperwork is on file, Contextual Learning will contact the Registrar's office to register you for either a full-time or part-time

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A Meditation on Fear and Trust from the Iona Community

Lord Christ,
Help us to have the courage and humility to name our burdens
And lay them down,
So that we are light to walk across the water
To where you beckon us.

Our pride
Armoring us,
Hardening us,
Making us defend our dignity by belittling others.
We name it
And we lay it down.

The memory of hurts and insults
Driving us to lash out,
To strike back.
We name it
And we lay it down.

Our fear,
of unsolved questions,
of the unknown,
of fear itself,
We name it
And we lay it down.

We do not need these burdens,
But we have

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Director's Word: On Mission

On the church’s to-do list, mission is often the focus of one committee, a pull-down tab on the church website. Often, mission is understood as something some of “us” take up as a way to help “others”—those in need far away from our home and church.  This is a traditional understanding of mission, one that arose during a time when the assumption was that everyone nearby is already Christian. While it is a view of mission motivating untold acts of kindness and

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Open House for Tim Coltvet and MA Community!

On Tuesday April 1 from 11:30am to 1:00pm, the office of Contextual Learning is excited to host an Open House for Tim Coltvet and for all of the MA professional degree-seeking students in Congregational Mission and Leadership, Children Youth and Family, and Congregation and Community Care concentrations.

It will be a brief yet festive opportunity to help welcome Tim to the office and familiarize MA students with the work and support we do here.

Lunch food and drink will be provided. See you there!

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Behind in Their Reading

I’ve talked to quite a few pastors recently, and I am concerned about them. I don’t think they’re keeping up with their internet reading.

These pastors tell me that they consider themselves blessed to be serving where they are. Their congregations are supportive, encouraging and understanding. While there is a steady throb of disagreement within those congregations, the pastors understand that as a sign of health, people wrestling with hard issues together. These pastors say that

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A Reflection on Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without

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