Story Magazine

Fall, 2012

Changing places: Dislocation and mission

I'm surprised by the power and simplicity of this testimony throughout the pages of Scripture. Our witness as people of God seems to gain clarity and force when we are in movement, on a journey, following a path, away from home--in a word, when we are migrant. And it's amazing how often the people of God are on the move in Scripture, changing places: Abraham, Moses, the children of Israel in the wilderness, the Exile, Ruth, Jesus, the Disciples and Paul--to name a few.

Blessings 2012 allows donors, students to say thanks

Luther Seminary scholarship recipients and donors gave thanks together on campus May 10. Nearly 250 donors and students gathered for Blessings, an annual opportunity for donors of current scholarship funds, major contributors to the general scholarship fund, the students they support and merit scholarship recipients to gather for dinner and worship.

Children’s Church: Child Loving Church movement encourages kid-friendly congregational spaces

Dawn Rundman can't get enough of the Mildreds. You know, the elderly women in your congregation who brought you cookies each Sunday when you were young and now seek you out during the Passing of the Peace?

Rethinking Stewardship Conference brings together faith and finances

Hundreds of pastors and lay leaders from across the country converged on the Luther Seminary campus for Rethinking Stewardship, July 24-26. Presenters included Luther Seminary faculty members, who spoke alongside ELCA staff, nonprofit leaders and nationally acclaimed theologians.

A blessed partnership

Tom Ahlstrom was pursuing his Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in the late 1970s--until one day, he woke up laughing. "I said to myself, 'Tom, you don't have a call. What are you doing here?'" said Ahlstrom. "I deeply liked the seminary but I decided, I guess I'm gonna resign. I don't belong here."

An improv artist in the pulpit

Pastor Mike Weaver, M. Div. '98, was a year into his call at All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington, Ohio, when he noticed a poster at an ice cream shop for a class called Improvisation Skills for Professionals.

Festival of Homiletics inspires through preaching

From May 14-18, more than 1,300 pastors inspired each other to preach the gospel during the 20th annual Festival of Homiletics in Atlanta, Ga. Speakers included Luther Seminary's Karoline Lewis, the Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Homiletics; and David Lose, the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching.

Engaging design: Luther Seminary graduate combines Christianity and architecture

The benefits of a theological education go well beyond the potential to preach from a pulpit. Dorothy Probst, '03, knows this firsthand. It was her Luther Seminary education and Luther Seminary President Richard Bliese's book, "Evangelizing Church," that inspired Probst to combine her call as an architect and designer with her Christianity.

Sacred Spaces: Redesigned classrooms merge tradition with innovation

With last fall's completion of Olson Campus Center renovations, ongoing program and curriculum redesign for first theological degrees and anticipated renovations to other campus spaces, a number of faculty and staff have been part of an exciting process to discern: What is a classroom and what happens there?

Dokimazo event focuses on discernment

The 2012-13 academic year marks the launch of a new discernment event for prospective students at Luther Seminary. The new event, called Dokimazo, will be held twice annually, replacing and enhancing Ventures in Vocation and A Day in the Life.

Graduate Preaching Fellowship recipient Kirsten Laderach reflects on her journey

India, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Jordan ... all thanks to the Graduate Preaching Fellowship. Would I do it again? Absolutely!

Professor Emeritus Sheldon A. Tostengard, 1935-2012

Luther Seminary gives thanks to God for the life and witness of the Rev. Sheldon A. Tostengard. Tostengard, 76, of Roseville, Minn., died peacefully at home on April 29 following complications from Parkinson's disease.

Eugene L. Fevold, 1918-2011

The Rev. Dr. Eugene L. Fevold, professor emeritus of church history, died Oct. 29, 2011. He was a highly respected research scholar and teacher, concerned with the use and collection of primary resources in the study of church history and conscious of his responsibility to the church as well as to his students and the seminary. He retired in 1988 as professor emeritus.

Roger and Jeanne Schwarze honor legacy of leadership

For Roger and Jeanne Schwarze, there wasn't one person who impacted their faith walk. There were a multitude of saints lighting the way. Between the two of them, the names flow freely: Schmidt, Bethel, Klyve, Youngdahl, Frost, Preus.