Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

So, What Is God Up To? A Reflection on Practical Theology

Finding God’s activity in the midst of our questions is a key discipline for ministers in context. What can be surprising is just how basic the reflective questions can be. Often times, the who, what, where, why, when, and how questions will lead to deep reflective praxis that unleashes remarkable evidence of a creative and redeeming God stirring in amongst everyday episodes of our lives.

Many students are considering the work of practical theologians as they engage in ministry sites through

A School That Looks Right: A Reflection on Change

One of the side-road routes I take when driving from my home to the Luther Seminary campus takes me past an aging elementary school in St. Paul. It is neither the shortest route nor the quickest, but I drive that route because I like to look at that school.

I like the view because to me it looks like a school is supposed to look, meaning it looks like the schools I went to back in the mists of the ancient past. When my gaze falls on that school I know what the rooms look like and smell like and feel

Interested in Contextual Opportunities for MDivs? Join Christian Public Leader (FE 0525)!

Christian Public Leader is a short-term, part-time contextual education placement. Here, students can explore academic and theological questions in a real-world environment in dialog with contextual site educators. This program partners effectively with other tagged courses that require a contextual/immersion experience in a congregation- or community-based organization. Additionally, with this context as their primary conversation partner, students will critically reflect on themselves as leaders,

Interested in Urban and Multicultural Immersion? Introducing Pray and Break Bread Trips!

Who are your neighbors here in the Twin Cities? How might relationships with members of diverse communities, cultures, and faith traditions transform your understanding of what it means to be a Christian in community in this time and place?

Luther students, staff, faculty are invited to join Cross-Cultural Education for Pray and Break Bread, four off-campus trips in which we will leave the Luther bubble; meet area community members, religiously-motivated activists, and faith leaders; break bread

Interested in Cross-Cultural Education? New SCUPE, Lutheran World Federation Events Available!

There will be a new SCUPE Public Theology in the City class starting this September, this time hosted by Pastor Chris Berthelsen at First Lutheran Church in St. Paul.  The dates are September 19-20Oct. 17-18, and Dec 5-6.  Pastor Jim Erlandson will be team teaching this course.  The Public Theology in the City course will deal with poverty, race, and hunger issues in the Dayton's Bluff community of St. Paul. For more information, please contact Pastor Erlandson at Lutheran

Interested in Stewardship? New Events Upcoming!

From our colleagues in the Center for Stewardship Leaders: The Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary provides educational and experiential opportunities for students, pastors and lay leaders to live more deeply into lives of stewardship leadership. There are a wide variety of resources available online at www.luthersem.edu/stewardship as well as periodic campus events that hopefully help to celebrate God’s abundance in all that is entrusted into our care.

Please take note of two

Director's Word

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

Welcome, Katherine!

I'm Katherine Parent and I am excited to join the Contextual Learning office as the Cross-Cultural Education Support Staff. This year, I'll be helping plan and coordinate the "Pray and Break Bread" program, in which groups of Luther students, staff, and faculty will meet their neighbors at sites around the Twin Cities. 

The question, “Where are you from?” usually makes me pause, because I’m a "TCK": a third-culture kid.  My Midwestern family moved to the South and

Contextualization Gives Theology Hands

As practical theologian Fernando Arzola (pictured) says in his book Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry: Theory and Praxis in Urban Context, “Contextualization gives theology hands.” I am excited for the beginning of a new academic year, and I see the importance of us starting out right. My work in the Contextual Learning office has brought together various threads of work that will be strengthened through collaborative work that involves classroom, context, and communal life both on campus

A Little Crazier All The Time

At the end of May, my wife and I had a wonderful tour of Spain, during which we engaged in one of our favorite activities: buying things for our grandchildren. (We have enough things. Too many, in fact. But that is a story for another day.)

In one of the two Picasso museums we visited (Barcelona and Malaga), we bought the children’s book Picasso’s Trousers by Nicholas Allen. In this book, people are always saying no to Picasso, telling him what he cannot and should not do. They say he