Ministry in Context

CPL: Fall and Spring Program Reminders

Students, we hope you are all enjoying your Christian Public Leader placements during this fall semester! As Luther heads around the corner of midterms and enters the homestretch of the semester, we hope that your coursework and contextual commitments are going smoothly. We'd like to share two important reminders for you.

Reflective Assessments

At the end of every semester, two sets of Reflective Assessments are due: one from the seminarian and one from the mentor. For Fall 2014, Reflective Assessments

CPE: Application and Completion Details

Students, are you planning for, beginning, or finishing CPE? Please don't forget to refresh yourself on the application and completion details. If you could not make it to our CPE Info Fair or CPE Q&A Sessions, please contact Contextual Learning with any questions you may have; we're happy to help.

After you’ve been accepted to a program, here is how you must register and pay for it:

  1. As soon as you know where you will be doing CPE, please send Contextual Learning a copy of your acceptance

New Cross-Cultural Opportunities: Sufi Symposium, Detroit Urban Plunge, Hispanic Ministry Summer Term, "La Natividad"/In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

This month, we're sharing information about several new upcoming programs, including: "A Sufi Vision of the Modern World," Detroit Urban Plunge, the Hispanic Ministry Summer Term, and a new Christmas arts project ("La Natividad") at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. Read on for more details!

"A Sufi Vision of the Modern World"
Luther Seminary, December 9 at 6:00pm

Learn about Sufism and its role in peace-making, meet a prominent international Sufi leader, and engage in interfaith

New Pray and Break Bread Trip: Hindu Temple, Hmongtown Market, MN Zen Center, and more!

Pray and Break Bread is an urban multicultural and interfaith immersion program in which we leave the Luther campus bubble, meet our neighbors, learn together, break bread together, and share ritual and reflection. Our next Pray and Break Bread trip is on Saturday November 22.

For this trip, we will be visiting the diversity of spiritual and secular practice in the Twin Cities.

  • We'll begin the morning with a special tour of the Hindu Temple of Minnesota, where we'll encounter some of the practices

New Volunteer and Job Opportunities: Saint Therese, City Camp, Project for Pride in Living

We are excited to share some new volunteer and leadership opportunities: a Pastoral Care Associate position at Saint Therese of New Hope MN, a Summer Chaplain/Community Leader position for City Camp in Philadelphia PA, and a Pre-K Volunteer position for Project for Pride in Living in St. Paul MN. Please read on for more details.

Saint Therese, New Hope MN

"Saint Therese of New Hope is a Catholic organization serving seniors of all faiths, and is dedicated to the well-being of each individual. 

Truth and Promise, Victory Over Death: Remembering Becky Whitlock

Many of you know that Becky Whitlock, our sister in Christ, was serving her internship in Rural Retreat, VA when she died unexpectedly on the 11th of September.  The news came as a shock to everyone. She was a beloved wife, mother, friend, and colleague; a woman of faith who, while serving in her home congregation of Holy Trinity in Kingsport, TN, was finally able to respond to God's call to ordained ministry by joining the community of Luther Seminary as a student in the Distributed Learning

Developing Practical Wisdom: A Reflection on Systems Theory

In the third semester of our Christian Public Leader course for Master of Arts students in the professional degree pathway, we focus on Developing Practical Wisdom while serving in context. Our guide this semester has been the book, Leading Change in the Congregation: Spiritual and Organizational Tools for Leaders by Gilbert Rendle (Alban Institute, 1998).

In our most recent preceptorial for this class, we considered a story coming out of the chapter on general systems theory. It caused us to think

Excellent Mistakes: A Reflection on Doing and Learning

Just for the sake of giving him a name, I’ll call him Nebuchad-nezzar. Nebuchad-nezzar did his internship last year, and came away with excellent and hard-earned evaluations. I was talking with Nebuchadnezzar, and told him that his successor, Jeroboam, had now begun his service, and good reviews were coming back.

Nebuchadnezzar pondered a minute, then posed a semi-rhetorical question: I wonder if Jeroboam forgot the Kyrie the first time he led worship.

Nebuchadnezzar, you see, did forget the

Internship: Cluster Meetings

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

Internship: Insurance

This past year has produced many changes in the health insurance industry which have affected Contextual Learning’s requirements and expectations for this component of congregational support in 2014-2015. The launch of the Affordable Care Act means that most students who are not covered through an employer’s policy now have the option to purchase individual coverage through a state-sponsored insurance marketplace, as an alternative to the policy currently offered through Luther Seminary.