Cross Cultural education
What is cross-cultural education?
Formerly called "CCME," Cross-Cultural Education is a two to three-week supervised immersion experience in an unfamiliar ethnic or socio-economic community. Small groups of students participate in congregational life, explore neighborhoods, engage in dialogue, and live (where possible) with people/families in the cultural setting. The experience is designed to help students gain self-knowledge as well as cross-cultural understanding, explore and reflect on theological themes while reflecting on implications for ministry, and learn basic values and sensitivities in order to develop effective cross-cultural ministry in a diverse and multicultural world.
Cross-Cultural Education is intended to place the student in an environment of listening, learning, and experiencing. It is not intended to place the student in an environment of talking, teaching, or doing. In other words: Cross-Cultural Education students should visit a location with the goal of learning how to be better leaders of communities of faith in the future, not with the goal of completing ministry or mission work in a foreign environment.
Where can I go with Cross-Cultural Education?
- RM 4510 - Exploring Small Town and Rural Ministry - New Challenges for Pastoral Ministry
Where: Shalom Hill Farm in southwest Minnesota
When: Three weekends over the semester; Friday noon-Sundays at 6pm; October 7-9 and 21-13 and November 18-20, in addition to orientation Friday, Sept 9, 3-5pm
- SC H303 - Public Issues in Urban Ministry (SCUPE course)
When: Three weekends in November
- CC 1636 - Shalom Hill Farm & Small Town and Rural (STaR) Ministries
Where: Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota
When: Two weeks in January
[Contact Dr. Alvin Luedke for more information.]
- CY4540 - Children, Youth & Family Ministry in Urban Contexts
- HC 6348 - Luther the Pastor
Where: Germany - an international travel course!
When: January 2014
[Click here for the informational flyer. Any questions about this course may be directed to Dr. Mary Jane Haemig, the leader of the course.]
- SC M302 - Cross-Cultural Ministry & Interfaith Dialogue Intensive (SCUPE course)
When: Two weeks in January
- New City Parish: Ministry in the City
Where: Los Angeles
When: January 9-13, 2014
[This 5-day course serves as an introduction to the Cross-cultural and Spanish Immersion program and provides participants the opportunity for experiential learning among the nine urban congregations of the New City Parish. We model the style of teaching and learning typical of our urban settings in which there is heavy emphasis on experience and reflection. Participants live with families in our New City Parish communities. They join in Bible Study, guided community walks, tours of Los Angeles, Sunday worship, fellowship time, and share in the vision of the local congregation with lay leaders. Students are assisted with analytical tools and challenged to share their reflections and, in the closing session, develop together a set of principles for urban ministry. Please contact Rev. Brian Eklund (email@example.com) for the information sheet and registration information. Class size is limited to 15, so please contact Rev. Eklund right away! Registrations due December 1.]
- New City Parish: Two Week Cross-Cultural & Spanish Language Immersion
Where: Los Angeles
When: January 13 - 26, 2014
[This 2-week Cross-Cultural & Spanish Language Immersion provides participants the opportunity to begin or continue the process of learning Spanish and Latin American culture, along with experiencing the reality of Latino and African descent families who live in Los Angeles. Participants share in a variety of multicultural experiences with our families, churches and community, learn about the work of urban nonprofits, study and reflect on relevant Bible themes, and train in the Spanish language in small groups with professional teachers from CETLALIC, Cuernavaca, Mexico (www.cetlalic.org.mx). The program is a continuation of the 5 day Ministry in the City course. Please contact Rev. Brian Eklund (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the information sheet and registration information. Class size is limited to 15, so please contact Rev. Eklund right away! Registrations due December 1.]
- EL 3530 - Religious Education in Relation to Creation
- NT 4280 - Race, Ethnicity and the New Testament
- SC B303-01 - Public Theology in the City (SCUPE course)
When: Three weekends in February, March and May
- SC B303-02 - Public Theology in the City (SCUPE course)
- SC M304 - Christology and Culture (SCUPE course)
When: Three weekends in March
- SC H305 - Restoring Urban Communities (SCUPE course)
When: Three weekends in May
- SC M305 Dimensions and Dynamics of Urban Ministry (SCUPE course)
When: Two weeks in June
How do I register?
Luther Seminary coursework
For the 2013-14 academic year, a number of courses have been tagged to fulfill the Cross-Cutural Education requirement (as listed above). You register for these courses through the Office of the Registrar, unless indicated differently above. The Office of the Registrar houses the official course listings. Please click here to go to the "Current Course List" on their website.
When registering, please pay attention to the credit hours of the courses; a .5 credit course may meet only one curriculum requirement. If you've already taken one of the courses listed above and you would like to discuss modifying which curriculum requirement it fulfilled, contact the Office of the Registrar.
Contact the Office of the Registrar for more details about registering for course offerings at other ELCA seminaries. A list of ELCA Reciprocity courses can be found on MyLutherNet under Registration (tab) and the Forms Link. Courses must match the description of Cross-Cultural Education above. Here are a few examples of courses currently being offered for J-Term 2014 (list not exhaustive):
- J-Term trip to Tanzania
- J-Term trip to Iceland
- J-Term trip to Israel and Palestine
- J-Term trip to Milwaukee, focusing on urban immersion
- J-Term trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
- J-Term trip to the United States/Mexican border, led by LSPS in Texas
- "Issues of Domestic Violence Against Women and Children"
- "Christian Mission in Global Perspective"
Luther Seminary Program in the Southwest
- "Texas Borderlands"
- "Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive"
- "Summer Term in Hispanic Ministry"
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
- "Appalachian Ministry," including a nine-day immersion in rural parishes in West Virginia
- "Ecotheology in Northern Appalachia," including regular day trips to the region
- "Central American Study Tour," including extensive immersion in rugged urban and rural conditions
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
- "Kenyan Safari Seminar," including two-week immersion in East African Christianity in Kenya
- "The Church in El Salvador," including two-week immersion in El Salvador
alternative independent study
Meet with a faculty member of your choice to craft an independent study that matches the description of Cross-Cultural Education above. Past alternative independent studies have included a congregational companion synod trip, a semester-long immersion with new immigrants, guided trips to Israel and Palestine, and more!
petition for waiver
If a student is unable to complete this requirement via Luther Seminary coursework, J-Term reciprocity, or an alternative independent study, the student may petition to waive the curriculum course requirement of Cross-Cultural Education due to a previous learning experience. Unlike the other options (which aim to fulfill the requirement), the Petition for Waiver removes the requirement by means of previous learning experiences.
Not all learning experiences involve the competencies imagined for Cross-Cultural Education. Here are some examples of experiences that would be unsuitable for a Petition for Waiver:
- Any experience that was culturally familiar to the student.
- Any experience where the focus was not on learning knowledge and skills for future leadership of faith communities.
- Any experience where there was no engagement with local people or ministry leaders in an unfamiliar context.
- Any experience where there was no leadership by those working in an unfamiliar context.
- Any experience where there were no commitment to regular theological or cultural reflection before, during, or after the experience.
- Any experience where the student led or managed "mission trips."
- Any length of stay on a cultural site that was less than 14 days.
- Seminary Internship Experiences or other curricular and/or non-credit bearing requirements (such as CPE or Diaconal Project).
Note: By policy of the seminary, students who petition to waive any course (and the waiver is approved) are then required to register for another course of their choosing. A waiver will not avoid paying tuition for the required number of courses to fulfill your degree plan. It will only earn the privilege to take a different course.
To apply for a Petition for Waiver, click here: http://www.luthersem.edu/crosscultural/petition_waiver_form.aspx. Your Petition will be reviewed by the staff of the Office of Contextual Learning and you will be contacted to discuss it promptly.
What is happening with Cross-Cultural Education in 2013 - 2014 and beyond?
Given staffing changes, Cross-Cultural Education is now housed in the Contextual Learning office. Contextual Learning may be reached at www.luthersem.edu/contextual_learning, email@example.com, or 651-641-3266.
The Cross-Cultural Education course remains a requirement in Luther Seminary's current M.Div. curriculum for the 2013-14 academic year. Cross-Cultural Education courses are a curriculum requirement for M.Div. students and may fulfill requirements for certain M.A. students.
Please note that there will not be a Cross-Cultural Education requirement in Luther Seminary's new curriculum, planned to be implemented for the 2014-15 academic year.