Story Magazine

Spring/Summer, 2012

The future of the church: Changed minds through mission

Mission is not only the "mother of theology," as Lutheran theologian Martin Kahler said at the turn of the 20th century and as the South African missiologist David Bosch more recently reminded us. Mission might also be called the "mother of the church,"

You’ve got mail: Newsletter provides Enter the Bible updates

As a resource center director for the ELCA, Greg Kaufmann doesn't have a lot of extra time on his hands. That's why he appreciates the Enter the Bible newsletter. It fits right into his busy schedule.

Changing times 2012 Convocation speakers address today’s church

This year's Convocation, held Feb. 1-3, centered on the theme By Paths Untrodden--Faith and Leadership in a Time of Change. The event featured two keynote speakers who led plenary discussions between workshops and class reunions.

Financial coaching: Creating confident stewardship leaders

The church is calling strong stewardship leaders--leaders who will not only tend the needs of the individuals in their congregations but those of the larger church. At Luther Seminary, we believe that stewardship education should be pervasive, integrated into the very core of Luther Seminary's curriculum and culture.

Speaking the language: M.Div. student offers Spanish class to community

What makes you feel welcome when you come to church? Is it the greeting at the door? Is it the passing of the peace? Is it the benediction, reminding you that the Lord goes with you?

'AMP'ing up youth worship

Nearly 300 metro youth gathered at Augsburg College's Hoversten Chapel on Jan. 29 to attend All Metro Praise, a new worship experience pioneered by Luther Seminary students David Scherer, Master of Arts junior and Anthony Fair, Master of Divinity intern.

Musical mission: M.S.M. grad elected president of New Zealand Church

Earlier this year the Rev. Mark Whitfield, '93, was elected president of the Lutheran Church in New Zealand. It is with humility and gratitude that the Master of Sacred Music graduate speaks of his Luther Seminary degree in relation to his leadership.

Alum-in-Residence Kathy Valan finds the pulse, the rhythm and the dance

As a member of the alumni/ae council, Kathy Valan, '96, already had her finger on the pulse of Luther Seminary. But as the 2012 alum-in-residence, she was able to immerse herself for a week in the seminary's vibrant campus life.

Sequence of events: Narrative Lectionary connects God’s story with ours

When addressing the Northeast Minnesota Synod at its 2010 Assembly, Rolf Jacobson, associate professor of Old Testament, spoke to the importance of scriptural transformation in the life of today's congregations.

Future leaders: M.Div. DL program celebrates milestone, looks to the future

When Luther Seminary offered, with some hesitancy, its first online courses in 1996, no one guessed that more than 15 years later Luther would be leading one of the largest Master of Divinity Distributed Learning program in the country. Much more, it was not anticipated that the success of the M.Div. DL program would actually begin to influence the way in which residential learning is carried out at the seminary.

Meet the first M.Div. DL cohort members, who graduated on May 20, 2012

West Bank story: M.Div. student shares her life-changing journey

By all accounts, Chris Cowan appears to be your ordinary second-career Distributed Learning student. Cowan, a Master of Divinity middler from Ames, Iowa, went through something lifechanging at seminary.

Record number of students receive tuition dollars during Scholarship Weekend

In March, Luther Seminary faculty, staff and students welcomed 56 students to Scholarship Weekend. Of the 56 attendees, 43 are pursuing Master of Divinity degrees, 11 are Master of Arts students and two are working toward Master of Sacred Music degrees.

2012 Faithfulness in Ministry Cross honorees

The Luther Seminary alumni/ae council recognizes and celebrates the ministries of all graduates with the Faithfulness in Ministry Cross awards. This year the ministries of Peter Ndungu, '05, Brent Campbell, '87, and Philip Holtan, '76, are honored.

Petersons honor past, provide for future

Ron and Jean Peterson have been attending Fisher Church in Fisher, Minn., for generations.