Story Magazine - Third Quarter, 2007
Focusing on "infrastructure" is vital not only for our political leaders but for our church leaders as well. Are our foundations strong enough today to hold our visions for the future?
Tania Haber's preaching is shaped by the solid theological foundation she received at Luther Seminary. Preaching has always been important at Luther, but these days, she says, the seminary is emphasizing it even more.
Financial aid in the form of a Presidential Scholarship and an ELCA Fund for Leaders in Mission Scholarship relieved the stress Rob felt about going into debt. The support also helped in another way. "It affirmed that I was gifted and making the right decision," says Rob, who is completing a Master of Divinity degree.
When Amanda Olson de Castillo went to Guatemala in 2004 to complete work for her Graduate Preaching Fellowship, the Luther graduate didn't intend to stay more than a few weeks. But then, she says, "I was put to work."
Through the distributed learning program, Maryanne takes online classes and come to campus several times a year for intensive courses. She applies her new knowledge every day in her work with youth and adult volunteers on her ministry team.
Someone who sticks with something from start to finish is often described as "faithful." The 2008 Faithfulness in Ministry Cross Award winners demonstrate that it takes special tenacity and vision to bring new life to communities struggling to survive. They've used their God-given gifts to nurture diverse communities around the world. Awards will be given to all the recipients during Mid-Winter Convocation, Jan. 9-11.
Last financial year, a challenge from Fred Fox doubled the impact of nearly $1 million in donors' gifts to Luther Seminary's Sustaining Fund. This year, Fox is promising even more bang for the buck.
It seems Brad and Janet Anderson have a stereotypical "rags to riches" story. But it's how their lives depart from that stereotype for which they are awarded the 2007 David W. Preus Award in Leadership.
Visitors to Luther Seminary's Chapel of the Incarnation are taking the Word of God with them in a new way.
The Fund for Justice in Christian Community and the Global Mission Institute are co-sponsors of a book series focusing on issues facing the global church. The series is being published by Lutheran University Press in partnership with Luther Seminary.
David Fredrickson, Professor of New Testament, will lead a 12-day study tour to Greece in May.
When it comes to rallying support for a new generation of seminarians, the members of Luther Seminary's Alumni/ae council practice what they preach.