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Ministry in Context

Privilege, Power, and the Cycle of Gospel Living: Lessons from the Kaleidoscope Institute

In March, I was fortunate to attend a powerful intercultural training week. The Catalyst program, hosted as a partnership between Luther Seminary and the Kaleidoscope Institute, served as a deep dive into difficult issues of race, culture, privilege, and power. I'd like to talk a little bit about that and share a powerful exercise with you today.

As a white male growing up in the United States, I have historically been minimally aware of my privilege throughout my life. However, I have had some moments

Black Lives Matter: A Message From Rev. Brad Froslee

On November 15, 2015, Minneapolis police shot and killed Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old, unarmed black man. On March 30, 2016, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman led a press conference to share that no charges would be filed and that no further investigation would take place. As a result of that decision, many in the Twin Cities community continue to feel a depth of hurt, grief, outrage, and betrayal. In response to this pain and confusion, Luther Seminary alum and ELCA pastor Rev. Brad Froslee penned

Trauma and Its Aftermath: Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock at First Christian Church, Minneapolis MN

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Minneapolis is launching a community workshop and lecture series entitled Voices: Addressing Issues That Affect the Church and Wider Community. The first series, "Trauma And Its Aftermath: Moral Injury and Moral Meaning-Making," will feature Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock and will occur May 13-14, 2016 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), located in the SpringHouse Ministry Center at 610 West 28th St. in Minneapolis.

The audience is the wider

Hiring: Director of Faith Formation

Lynnhurst Congregational United Church of Christ is searching for an energetic and creative person to serve as its Director of Faith Formation. The Director will be responsible to work with the Senior Pastor and the Christian Education Committee to implement Sunday school activities for children, to develop age-appropriate activities for middle and high school youth, to plan and stage intergenerational events for families, and to coordinate a special summer youth trip. The position is half-time (20

Director's Word: In Memory of Rev. Sherman P. Coltvet (April 5 1940 - January 30 2016)

Director Tim Coltvet's father, Rev. Sherman P. Coltvet, passed away on January 30 2016. In lieu of Tim's monthly Director's Word column, the Contextual Learning team would like to share a short interlude in memory of Sherman's life and ministry.

Rev. Sherman P. Coltvet, 75, of Rochester, Minnesota died at home surrounded by family on Saturday January 30, 2016. He was born on April 5, 1940 in Bottineau, North Dakota to Rev. Benjamin and Hattie (Hanson) Coltvet. During his childhood, he lived in Fertile,

From Fruit Fly-Inspired Flying Robots to the Internship Project: What's Your Internship Project Story?

Let's talk a little bit about school science fairs. Recalling back to your childhood, do you remember your school science fair projects? Did you have a special interest or passion you pursued? Or was it the finish-it-the-night-before-it's-due kind of project? Did your family help or were you the solo scientist on the project? A little "scientific" research about school science fair projects unearths a couple interesting items:

  • Pinterest offers an elaborate section on Science Fair Projects.
  • According

From Kitchen Counters to Pastoral Visits: The Hidden Curricula

I'll never forget my wife's look of sadness as she looked at the crumb-infested kitchen counter in front of both of us. "You didn't clean this counter?" she asked me, with what I instantly interpreted as disappointment in her voice. In response, a whole cloud of possible retorts floated by me, one by one:

"You never asked me to clean it!"
"Clean is in the eye of the beholder!"
"Your subtle hints about it aren't direct enough for a guy who grew up with direct communicators in his family!"

Internship 2016-2017: Internship Application and Interview Reminders

February is a very exciting month! Our internship site application deadline for internships beginning Fall 2016 was January 31, 2015. Thanks to a very attentive and involved group of internship site applicants, our internship site list for this Fall 2016 was posted punctually on February 5, 2016. This month, many of our Fall 2016 pastoral interns will review and interview with available internship sites February 15 - February 26. Our placement process will conclude this March and April, with our New

CPE Reminders

Many of our student readers have recently finished up Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) this last fall or winter. Likewise, many students are also beginning their first unit of CPE this Spring as well. To that end, we'd like to share some key reminders.

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

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

Director's Word: Making Gatherings Memorable

Last month I lifted up the important leadership competency of engaging people in God’s mission. The month prior, we focused on the importance of vision and vision casting as a leader. This month, we dig into the nitty gritty of ministry on the front lines: making gatherings memorable. What does it take for you to host a gathering – whether a bible study, a preaching event, or a confirmation lesson?

The most direct answer may be the following: prayer, planning, preparation, execution,