New cross-cultural experiences are now available!
Want to travel to Shalom Hill Farm, Chicago, Germany, Los Angeles, or other locations? Want to learn about public issues in urban ministry, interfaith dialogue, or Spanish-language immersion?
Click here to check out our newest Cross-Cultural Education experiences:
Stop by the SCUPE visit!
Dave Frenchak of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) will be on campus and
Join the ELCA Internship Supervisors Facebook Group!
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There is a new Facebook group for all ELCA Internship supervisors! Join the group, share your experiences, and connect with other supervisors around the country.
Best wishes to Jill Rode and Gretchen Colby on their August wedding! Jill is a senior here at Luther Seminary and a recent intern at St. John's United Lutheran Church and Faith Action Network in Seattle, Washington. Gretchen is a Luther Seminary/PLTS student and a recent intern at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan, New York. Best of luck to the happy newlyweds as they embark on their next chapter together.
Congratulations on your new baby!
Warm wishes to Bitta Fynskov Clark and
I've been praying for and thinking about the many new students headed out into various ministry contexts. Of course, I'm thinking of interns, supervisors, lay committees, and congregations getting started together just now. Also, I think of Teaching Congregation students, new to Luther and to theological education, trying to find a learning context to accompany them during years of classwork.
Many of you, dear readers, are NOT connected to a new internship. You might be tempted to skip this
April Winebrenner-Palo is the new Program Administrative Assistant and Teaching Congregations Coordinator in the Contextual Learning Department. She will support all facets of the Contextual Learning curriculum, assist in the leadership of the Teaching Congregations program and serve as the primary contact person for Contextual Learning’s congregational partners.
This is what April has to say about herself:
My name is
Winebrenner-Palo. My academic background lies
Another internship year is about to start. Is your Lay Internship Committee ready?
- Prepare to welcome your new intern and their family, if they have one. Someone from your committee or staff should be appointed to coordinate this welcoming time. The intern will need a contact person who can field questions dealing with basic "getting settled" issues, such as housing and transportation. Don't just assume it's the pastor or other staff member. Make sure you KNOW who's handling this. Be organized.
Twin Cities West Metro:
October 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield. (Steve McKinley)
October 15-16 at Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, WA. (Julie Josund)
October 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Rochester. (Steve McKinley)
Northern Minnesota-North Dakota:
October 22 at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo. (Chris Scharen)
October 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the
My lovely wife gave me a gift for my birthday that is absolutely driving me nuts.
She knows very well that I love blank journals. Give me a Moleskine and I go to my happy place. And if a pen comes with it, all the better. It is an article of faith for me that a person can never have too many journals or too many pens.
So here’s this gift called “Wreck This Journal.” Every page has an instruction on it. For example:
- Figure Out A Way To Freeze This Page
This month I have a specific invitation to interns who will be returning to campus at Luther Seminary. Over the past few years we've developed a pattern of welcoming returning interns by listening to your stories (and inviting you to listen to each other's stories) about internship. This year we'll do this on
Wednesday, September 4, from 1:30-5:00 p.m
As we said in an email to you earlier this summer, we know the return to campus can be rough. We know you've grown in your leadership, and have lived
During a long car ride last week we popped in an old CD, and I heard a song from deep in my past that always makes me laugh.
When I was in high school the singer Bobby Darin had a short-term hit with a song called “
.” What amuses me about the song is this: while the narrative is “tragic”/maudlin (a nine year old orphan girl freezes to death), the music that goes with it is relentlessly cheerful and upbeat. If you just heard the music, you’d want to