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Ministry in Context

Partnerships: Open House, Methodist House of Studies, DRBC, Muslim/Christian Dialogue

Open House: Welcoming Tim Coltvet and MA Community

In mid- to late-February, the office of Contextual Learning will be hosting an Open House to welcome Tim Coltvet and the MA community to the third floor! We'll have drinks, nibbles, and good cheer on a cold day. No RSVP required. More details are forthcoming. We hope to see you there!

Want more information? Contact!

Methodist House of Studies

From Academic Dean Craig Koester: We are pleased to tell you about an initiative that will help Luther Seminary build a stronger ecumenical focus and attract increasingly diverse students. It is called the Methodist House of Studies. This name refers to a supportive community, not a physical structure, that encourages students as they are equipped for Methodist ministry at Luther Seminary.

We currently have nearly 30 Methodists students and two United Methodist Church (UMC) faculty members. Thanks to the leadership of Andy and Alan, some of these students are already informally meeting. Our goal is to formalize this community and hopefully attract more Methodist students.

As Methodist students work on their theological degrees at Luther Seminary, the House of Studies will give them the opportunity to:

  • Prepare for Methodist ministry: Given the robust seminary curriculum and engagement with local clergy, students can strengthen their own distinct faith identity and understanding of Wesleyan theology to enhance their leadership in Methodist contexts.
  • Get advice: Both Alan Padgett and Andy Keck are serving as mentors and advisers to students. Jill Apple, an admissions counselor, will help with the admissions process.
  • Connect with other Methodists: There are regular, informal meetings with faculty advisers, students and local clergy from the Methodist tradition to build relationships, support and encourage each other, talk about faith matters and connect with others regarding opportunities in area churches.

Want to be part of this project? Contact UMC Luther faculty member Andy Keck at!

Dismantling Racism: Living Into Beloved Community

Friday, February 14th at 7:00pm: Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney Lecture in the Luther Seminary Chapel. 
Dr. Gafney is a prophetic preacher and Bible scholar at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. The title of her lecture is "Reading the Bible with Absalom Jones's Daughters." Reception at 6:30pm.

Friday, February 21st at 1:00pm: "The Forgotten, A Look at the Lives of Young Black Men" at Luther Seminary.
Founded by Nekima Levy-Pounds, Esq. and located in Saint Paul, MN, Brotherhood, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that works to break the devastating cycles of poverty, unemployment, and incarceration facing young African American men ages 16-24. In this theatrical production, participants of the Brotherhood, Inc program provide a unique window into their lives as they strive to overcome adversity and rise above the infrastructures that impact their lives. The event will take place in the OCC Chapel of the Incarnation. Free and open to the public. 

Want more information? Contact Andy Twiton at!

Muslim/Christian Dialogue at Trinity Lutheran Congregation

Trinity Lutheran Congregation has continued to hold informal dialogues between Muslims and Christians, and the next one is set for Thursday, February 13th at 7:00 pm.

Want to RSVP? Email Matt Johnson (!

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