Some of you will have already heard I have accepted a new call beginning September 1, 2014. It is with Auburn Theological Seminary in New York, and I’ll be Vice President of Applied Research. Our work at Auburn is a little different than typical seminaries. It has no traditional faculty or students. Rather, like a think tank, it does research and leadership training to support theological schools like Luther and equip ministry leaders who are, as I’ve put it recently, “getting involved with what God is doing.” I’ll miss many things about my good work at Luther, including the many rich and rewarding relationships with students, partners in ministry, staff, and faculty. We are staying in our house two blocks from Luther (I’ll commute a week each month to New York), which will afford some continued connections.
How are you, as those who belong to Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, sent into the world to share God’s love? In the face of grinding poverty, of the degradation of creation, of intolerance, of great hurt and illness, of deep shame and brokenness, how are you loving the world in response?
In the meantime, as I finish my work at Luther in July and August, we’re working hard at transitions. The day-to-day work in the office will continue to be ably tended by Kathryn, April, and Tim. Julie and Steve will continue their able oversight of internship. Dean Craig Koester is in active conversation with us about interim and long-term leadership for contextual learning. Rest assured, the careful tending of relationships will not miss a beat in the transition as we value you and our partnership with you in forming Christian public leaders.
Just as I intend to in my new call, I hope you continue to ask yourselves how your lives, your ministries, your communities, are getting involved with what God is doing. How are you, as those who belong to Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, sent into the world to share God’s love? In the face of grinding poverty, of the degradation of creation, of intolerance, of great hurt and illness, of deep shame and brokenness, how are you loving the world in response? Write to April, to Kathryn, to Tim, Julie, and Steve. Share your story! May God bless you as you work and play. Thanks for your prayers and support along the way, and please continue to pray for us in this transition.