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The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church

Address:2615 Park Ave. Apt. 620
City:Minneapolis
State:MN
Zip:55407-1047
Phone:6122598367
Web:www.mindekirken.org
Email:kristin@mindekirken.org

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:Someone who is interested in Norway and know Norwegian
How many students have you worked with in the past:1
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:1
For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:1
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:We are a unique congregation as we after 92 years still are conducting worship services in Norwegian and it take time to gain people's trust.

Site Information

Site keywords:Multicultural. We are in an American setting, but also seek inspiration for our work in Norway. We are engaged in revitalization as we have to reinvent to stay current.
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:We are fist and foremost a worshipping community, but we are also a cultural institution serving mainly the Norwegian American Community in the Twin Cities and groups/individuals from Norway who visit the Twin Cities. We have a lot of visitors.
Please tell us a bit about your site:The congregation was started in 1922 with the mandate to conduct worship services in Norwegian as long as anyone would care to come to them. We have been true to this mandate ever since as one of only two such congregations in the US.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:Students can learn about how faith is formed by cultural heritage, but also transcends it. It is a good training ground for reaching other ethnic groups in the US. People are eager to seek their roots. Challenge to stay contemporary and not be stuck in the past.

Mentor Information: Kristin Sundt

Current position:Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:I have a M. Div from Methesco in Ohio and a M.R.E degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. I sought the current position as I am a native Norwegian speaker who grew up in Norway. I hold a lot of expertise in holding on to the culture of my homeland while also living in the US. I believe in life long learning and will be planning a sabbatical in a couple of years time.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:I believe in sharing experience from ministry and learn from these experiences. Debrief events that have taken place and learn from them. Be open about joys and difficulties being a pastor. We have regular times to meet where we share what has happened since we last met. It is important for students to learn about the complexity of human interaction an expression.