Story Magazine - Spring/Summer, 2010
This fall, three Luther Seminary students entered dorm life in a whole new way. Jane Harris, Nile Sandeen and Carl Joyner moved into apartments at Augustana Health Care Center, a senior housing facility in Minneapolis, where they are getting an immersion experience in pastoral care with the elderly.
A Seminary staff member told me an incredible story last week about her first kiss with her husband. I don't usually hear such stories, of course. "But this one was different," she told me, "because it took place on campus."
Each Wednesday morning, Luther Seminary's library is a calm, quiet place. The room upstairs is a different story.
The idea of being called by God into ministry usually evokes a pulpit, a collar or a lifetime of service in a faraway destination. But two Luther grads have built a nonprofit ministry around a different definition of the word "call."
The first thing Greg Van Dunk noticed when he stepped back on Luther Seminary's campus was that the student body seemed a lot younger.
How did you become interested in volunteering at Luther Seminary?
In less than 10 years, Geoff Sinibaldo has gone from intern pastor to internship supervisor--all at the same church where he first grew in his ministry.
Ph.D. student Sekenwa Briska knows firsthand the need for good theological books.
In his first years of ministry, just after graduating from Luther Seminary, Paul Harrington had a recurring dream. "It was Sunday morning, and I had not a note on my pulpit, not a thought in my brain," recalls Harrington. "And in the first three rows were seminary faculty with their notepads. I would wake up in a cold sweat."
As the Region 3 outreach coordinator for the ELCA Board of Pensions, Sandy Rothschiller knows she has her work cut out for her.
From my initial meeting of Pastor Yehiel Curry in January 2009 to the last day I spent at Shekinah Chapel, I was in the company of a true friend and mentor.
The Rev. Dr. Loren Halvorson, '53, long-time professor and friend of Luther Seminary, died Feb. 16 in Minneapolis of prostate cancer. He was 82.