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Grace University Lutheran Church

Address:324 Harvard St. SE

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:
How many students have you worked with in the past:4-6 at a time over past 23 years
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:0
For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:4
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:1 semester|2 semesters|4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:The longer the better. We would try and make any length of time work as well as we can for the student. Our context is one of constant change, so we would fit this new model well.

Site Information

Site keywords:University site, Lutheran campus ministry, near major medical center, healing and hospitality, progressive, intergenerational, justice and peace, ISAIAH member, strong worship, strong retreat ministry, education, currently in an Inreach process (deep listening and for mission), hospitality as 1/4-1/3 of Sunday worshippers are guests. Clergy couple are co pastors.
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:To proclaim the gospel as an instrument of God's reconciling love for the world. A spiritual community celebrating the gifts of God that empower all members to engage the struggles of life, care for each together, and serve Christ where we live and work.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Grace is 113 years old, started by a small group of Swedes who wanted to provide ministry to international students. Grace sits in the heart of the U of M campus. Every Sunday 1/4-1/3 of those worshipping are guests from U of M, hospital, and elsewhere. We welcome the gifts and stories of all, we wrestle with faith, we are involved in the community, we worship well, we sing with gusto, we are blessed with many leaders, and with many children 18 and younger. We catch and support people wherever they are on their faith journey. We believe faith shapes our actions and invites us to befriend the stranger, who is Christ in our midst.
We seek to practice our faith together as we gather for worship, and are sent out to minister where we work and live, as the body of Christ in the world. We find belonging, hope, inspiration, support and God's very presence within the gathered community.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:-faith-based community organizing
-blended worship, involvement of children, creative worship in a traditional setting
-pastoral care
-learn about hospitality and outreach
-engage in lively discussions about issues of the day and our faith-filled responses
-how to provide ministry in a ever-changing context and community
-Reconciling in Christ site since 1985
-how to work with many strong leaders
- learn about retreat ministry - about 100 Grace members go on a weekend retreat annually
intergenerational ministry
Interfaith ministry
Active in addressing issues of racism and white privilege

Mentor Information: Mary Halvorson

Current position:Co-pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:Pastor Dan Garnaas and Pastor Mary Halvorson serve as co-pastor's. They are married and have been at Grace since 1993. They both attended the GTU in Berkeley and finished at Luther seminary. Dan went to St. Olaf and Mary to Concordia. They served in Campus ministry at U of MN - Morris, and in Racine, WI. Dan is a trained counselor, spiritual director and life coach. He is very involved in Isaiah as a leader, working on racial inequity. They both lead retreats, small groups, do lots of pastoral care. Mary has done much worship planning for various synod and churchwide events. She has written many grants = worship renewal, Lilly Clergy renewal, and cohort learning.
Pastor Melanie Heuiser Hill serves as 1/3 time associate pastor with gifts as a writer, creative thinker, faith formation and creative programmer for children's faith formation.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:We encourage students to take ownership of their learning, being proactive and seeking us out as mentors and guides. We enjoy working with a cohort of students, sharing struggles and joys, checking in, sharing case studies, experiences and wisdom. We are good listeners, and try to connect passions, needs and goals with the resources at Grace, which are many.