Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

The Intern (Or: "I'll Call You When I Have Something for You to Do")

“I’ll call you when I have something for you to do.” Have you seen the movie The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro? I checked it out since I like the work of these two actors, and I was curious to see the role reversal described in the film: DeNiro’s character finds retirement unsatisfying, so he decides to re-enter the work world by applying for a “Senior Internship” opportunity at a new, online business created and launched by Hathaway, a young,

The Sarah Test

I have a member of my congregation named Sarah. She is an African-American woman in her fifties who often struggles to pay her bills. The weight of oppression, depression, and isolation weigh her down daily. She is dying to hear good news that will help her live another day. She needs to know deep in her soul (like all of us) that she is loved and cared for by a just and compassionate God.

As an incoming student at Luther Seminary, I was excited to sit in my classrooms and

Pray and Break Bread: The Value of Christian Public Leadership in the Work of Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence

For the first Pray & Break Bread urban and multicultural immersion trip of the year, Contextual Learning team members Katherine Parent and April Winebrenner-Palo led a group of 11 Luther Seminary students out of our campus, into the city, and on a deep journey of listening and learning on the topics of intimate partner and sexual violence.
 
The unbelievable, hard-working, deeply compassionate advocates at Jewish Domestic Abuse Collaborative in Minnetonka, the Sexual Violence Center

Director's Word

It is with great joy and anticipation that we welcome David Scherer as the new Christian Public Leader Coordinator and Karen Gieseke as our new Contextual Learning Associate.

David Scherer is a 2015 Luther Seminary graduate with an M.A. in Congregational Missional Leadership and an urban ministry developer with more than fifteen years of local experience. In this half-time position, David will coordinate ministry placements and the facilitation of the Christian Public Leader courses. We welcomed

Welcome, Dave!

My name is David Scherer and I am the new Christian Public Leader Coordinator here at Luther. I graduated last spring from Luther with an M.A. in Congregational Mission and Leadership. I have an amazing wife named Carolyn and two beautiful kids: Matthew (4) and Thomas (2). I come from six generations of Lutheran pastors - don’t hold it against me. My upbringing was far from the usual former pastor’s kid.

I was raised by a “New Age” mom, said a Sanskrit chant at the dinner

Welcome, Karen!

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?" Currently my days are filled with “first time” experiences as I begin my new call at Luther Seminary as Contextual Learning Associate. And I am thrilled! My “first time” experiences are varied, ranging from learning how the office copier works to the details of the Internship Handbook.

As I’m reading the Handbook, I am very aware that each intern at Luther Seminary encounters “first time” experiences

Goodbye from Julie and Steve

An era is ending. The time of using “deployed” staff in Contextual Learning is over as of August 31. For nearly 10 years, Steve McKinley and Julie Josund have been serving as deployed staff for Region 3 (Steve) and Region 1 (Julie). We worked and lived in those Regions for the purpose of knowing the people and congregations of those locations and being readily able to assist as needed.

The model is changing, and you will read about the new staffing plans elsewhere in this newsletter.

Visit Our New Office Space

Contextual Learning has moved! Please come by to visit us in our new office space. We are in Northwestern Hall, Suite 110-E. We're just down the hall from the Writing Center, International Student and Scholar Affairs, Global Mission Institute, and the Business Office. We look forward to seeing you around campus this new school year!

Pray and Break Bread With Us

Welcome to Pray and Break Bread for a new year! My name is Katherine Parent, and I'm excited to share about a great new year of urban and multicultural faith and justice trips. Pray and Break Bread is a series of off-campus events that bring Luther Seminary students, staff and faculty out into the community to learn from our diverse neighbors of faith. This year, there will be even more Pray and Break Bread than last year - we're planning eight exciting opportunities.

Fall 2015

Our three fall trips

Kicking Off CPE

Are you curious about chaplaincy and pastoral care? Are you ready to get started with Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)? circle your calendar for two important events this semester!


CPE Q&A Sessions: Not sure what CPE is? Confused about how to begin? Interested in a one-on-one conversation about your particular situation? Please come to one of our CPE Q&A Sessions, where Contextual Learning can help. The Q&A Sessions are Thursday September 28 at 11:30am and Friday October 2 at 11:30am.