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Ministry in Context

Director's Word: Update on Contextual Learning

As you know, Contextual Learning is going through a transition. Chris Scharen, the current director, has accepted a position at Auburn Theological Seminary and will start his new job on Sept. 1. We appreciate all that Chris has done at Luther Seminary and we will miss his expertise. We are grateful that Kathryn Ostlie-Olson will be the interim director as we begin the search for our next director. We have started the formal search process and hope to fill the position in the next four to six months.

Given our strong commitment to contextual learning, our goal is to make this a seamless leadership transition. We want to ensure that all needs and questions are addressed. If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Ostlie-Olson at 651-641-3492 or

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