Story Magazine - Spring/Summer, 2013
The Luther Seminary alumni council recognizes and celebrates the ministries of all graduates with the Faithfulness in Ministry Cross awards. This year the ministries of David Whelan, '95; Debra Samuelson, '83; and Paul Christenson, '59, are recognized.
Emilie Bouvier, Luther Seminary's current artist-in-residence, has a passion for photography. With her work, she seeks to capture quiet moments and show the profound nature of light and simplicity.
When I was selected to serve as a Horizon Intern in 2003, I had never left the United States and was unsure of where Guyana was located. In spite of my initial ignorance, after a wonderful internship experience, a final year of coursework at Luther Seminary and ordination with the ELCA in June 2005, I was called back into service in Guyana with ELCA Global Mission. The result was grace-filled global transformation.
On Oct. 1-3, pastors and lay leaders assembled at Luther Seminary for the Celebration of Biblical Preaching. This year's theme, Preaching the Story, explored how to best preach the old, old story for a new day and age. Speakers talked about the challenge of preaching the good news with courage, creativity and confidence.
A little more than a year ago, when we imagined a series of themes around "change" for Story magazine, we had no idea the amount of transition we, as a seminary, would experience.
Jadivan Elzughbi tells people that he is 334 months old (or nearly 28). He celebrates his birth on the 25th day of every month.
Something else also makes Elzughbi, a first-year Master of Arts student at Luther Seminary, unique. He has a Palestinian father who lives in Bethlehem, located in the West Bank of Palestine, and a Palestinian mother who lives in Jerusalem, Israel. Consequently, Elzughbi grew up under unusual circumstances, shuttling between Bethlehem and Jerusalem schools. He experienced the frustration of having his travel documents taken away by the government for more than six years without explanation.
The church was part of David Rutlen's life even before he was born. His grandfather, whom Rutlen never knew, pastored a Finnish-speaking congregation. And Rutlen's father, who died in 2004, always wanted to be a pastor. Rutlen, a physician in Little Rock, Ark., thought the best way to honor that dream was to help pastors in training.
High school students and their pastors were invited to Luther Seminary for Previews in November 2012 and April 2013.
In February 2013, Luther Seminary hosted 46 talented future leaders for Scholarship Weekend.
Most snowbirds come from cold weather climates and migrate south for winter. But some of them look for more snow.
All Saints in Big Sky, located in Big Sky, Mont., is a church that has thrived as a winter wonderland for skiers, but also for summer hikers and fishermen. All Saints has also adapted to the various denominational traditions of those snowbirds to become the unique entity that it is today.
Pastor Leland Armbright, '05, joined the alumni council in 2006 while serving at a two-point parish near Moorhead, Minn. By 2009, Armbright was chairing the council.
From Feb. 5-7, church leaders gathered at Luther Seminary to talk about worshiping God faithfully in a seemingly unending time of crisis and change in the church. Attendees gathered at Mid-Winter Convocation 2013: Worship in a Time of Change to speak out loud about how to be bold and faithful Christian leaders in today's changing world.
In November, leaders with a focus on mission gathered at Luther Seminary for the eighth annual Missional Church Consultation.
When Laura Thelander saw Luther Seminary had an open campus pastor position, her first thought was, "This sounds like my dream job." Now, she is well in the midst of her role on campus. Since Feb. 1, Thelander has been leading the seminary in worship and offering pastoral care. She has already spent a good deal of time in conversation with students, faculty and staff.
Classroom dwellers at Luther Seminary may introduce themselves as students.
But true to the Lutheran confession of vocation—of service to God and neighbor in and through people's unique gifts and places in society—those classroom dwellers are also called to be servants and engaged community members, voices and hands of justice both on and off campus.