Students at commencement

Caring for Creation Fellowship

Serve with Shalom Hill Farm

The Caring for Creation Shalom Hill Farm Fellowship was established in 2013 to provide an annual summer learning service opportunity for a student of Luther Seminary to serve with Shalom Hill Farm (SHF), an affiliated educational ministry, concerning care of creation education. The program enhances SHF’s capacity to educate and demonstrate care of creation for students from seminaries and other educational institutions, as well as the numerous other groups and guests that SHF serves.

The fellowship runs June 8-Aug. 22. During that time, SHF will provide food and housing for the fellow at Shalom Hill, as well as a stipend of $3,000. The student will be responsible for crafting a caring for creation proposal that can be implemented at Shalom Hill Farm as part of their application for the fellowship, and upon return to Luther in the fall, will plan and implement a significant learning event on Luther’s campus that will integrate their own learning into the broader curriculum at Luther. In this way, the relationship of “learning through place,” which is begun during the fellowship, can be shared more directly with the larger Luther community and the seminary alliance beyond that.

In return, fellows will receive mentoring and experience in developing and implementing resources for theological reflection on care of creation.

Eligibility for award

The Caring for Creation Shalom Hill Farm fellowship provides the opportunity to pursue a 12-week caring for creation project at Shalom Hill Farm. Students eligible for the award need to have at least part-time student status, be enrolled in a first theological degree program of Luther Seminary, and have completed at least one semester of academic work. The successful applicant will designate a project in at least one of the possible following arenas:

  • Supporting caring for creation in congregational ministry, specifically for Prairie Star Ministries 
  • Developing caring for creation learning resources specifically for Shalom Hill Farm's conference center ministry 
  • Exploring the challenges of learning about caring for creation in multi-cultural rural settings 
  • Building physical resources for caring for creation (e.g. specific trail resources, etc.)

Timeline for award

Applications are due March 16, 2015. The award recipient will be announced during Earth Week, the week of April 20-27. The project needs to be completed by the end of the summer, with implementation of the Luther learning event during the fall term of 2015.


To apply, an applicant should submit the following:

  • a statement explaining how the proposed experience or project will help the applicant to advance and embody their understanding of leadership in the area of caring for creation (maximum 500 words)
  • a brief description of the project the applicant hopes to take on (discussions with the staff at Shalom Hill are enthusiastically invited), including a timeline (maximum 250 words)
  • a letter of reference from someone who knows the applicant well and can vouch for their ability to accomplish an independent project of the type they propose

More information on caring for creation is available at the following websites:

We also recommend that every applicant read Wendell Berry’s "The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture" prior to formulating their project plan.

At the end of the fellowship period, the awardee will be asked to write a reflection report on the experience that includes the insights gained into caring for creation as a ministry. In addition, as previously noted, the fellow will need to hold a learning event at Luther Seminary in the fall following their summer fellowship which shares what they have learned with the community. Applications may be submitted to Dr. Mary Hess, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership.


Direct questions/inquiries to:

  • Prof. Mary Hess, 651-641-3232 or
  • Rev. Dr. Mark Yackel-Juleen, 507-831-2232, or