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Ministry in Context

New Resource for LGBTQIA Candidates: Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries' "Unofficial Guide" for First Call Candidates

Please click here to download a new resource from Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, designed for LGBTQIA First Call candidates: Mysteries of the Ages: ELM’s Unofficial Guide for LGBTQ First Call Candidates.

This peer-to-peer resource, put together by LGBTQ first call pastors and members of ELM’s Candidacy Accompaniment Team, is intended to demystify parts of the candidacy and call process from Approval through First Call.  The resource is geared toward LGBTQ candidates specifically,

Director's Word

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work (I Corinthians 12: 4-6).

Bruce joined our family nearly two years ago. He was given to the Humane Society by a family that had experienced job loss and couldn’t feed and care for two dogs any longer. So, while his litter mate stayed with the family, Bruce’s

30,000 Feet: Tips and Tricks from Cohort Day 2014

The Fall is off and running and our Contextual Learning team has been delighted to be a part of Cohort Day 2014! At our Cohort Day workshop, a number of valuable insights were shared by our team, and so I would like to take the opportunity to share the “tips and tricks” I shared in my portion of the afternoon workshops. I hope that you find these ideas generative, regardless of the kind of context you are immersed in (CPE, Internship, Christian Public Leader, or something else)!

First,

A Good Start: A Reflection on Beginning Well

As September begins, so do many internships. We want those internships to get off to a good start, so here are a few tips on starting well.

For Interns

Walk away from that computer screen! Get out and meet people. Ask your supervisor to give you a list of people you should visit. If a group is meeting in the building while you are there, introduce yourself and then do a lot of listening. If the church has a photo directory, use it to learn names. That tells people you care about them.

Take some

Questions About Internship and Insurance? Click Here!

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.

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

Did you enjoy our First Week "Day In Context" trips to Intercultural Ministry, Peace and Justice, and Chaplaincy sites? Do you want to visit more places like Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, Shobi's Table, Messiah/Center for Changing Lives, the Hmong Market, or Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services? Read more for photos, as well as information about the new urban and multicultural site visits we are preparing!

Luther students, staff, faculty are invited to join Cross-Cultural Education

Interested in Cross-Cultural Education? New SCUPE, El Salvador Opportunities!

There will be several new SCUPE courses available this Fall and Winter, as well as a new LTSP J-Term travel trip to El Salvador. Please see the following details below. Please also check the Cross-Cultural Education website for additional postings and updates: http://www.luthersem.edu/crosscultural/default.aspx.

SCUPE S-H 307: Eco-Justice: A Vision for a Sustainable City  

The church has a significant role in developing a holistic vision for a sustainable city as an outworking of the

Interested in Stewardship? New Events Upcoming!

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.

Nathan Dungan, founder and president of Share Save Spend, is an industry thought-leader

Director of Contextual Learning Position Available

Luther Seminary is seeking a Director of Contextual Learning to fulfill its commitment to preparing leaders for the apostolic mission of the Church in the 21st century. Candidates should be committed to the missionary character of the Christian faith and to educating evangelical public leaders to minister within a variety of contexts, congregations, and theological traditions. Learn more about the position and apply here: Luther Seminary Employment - Faculty and Staff Positions.

Director's Word: Update on Contextual Learning

As you know, Contextual Learning is going through a transition. Chris Scharen, the current director, has accepted a position at Auburn Theological Seminary and will start his new job on Sept. 1. We appreciate all that Chris has done at Luther Seminary and we will miss his expertise. We are grateful that Kathryn Ostlie-Olson will be the interim director as we begin the search for our next director. We have started the formal search process and hope to fill the position in the next four to six months.