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Ministry in Context

New Cross-Cultural Opportunities: Sufi Symposium, Detroit Urban Plunge, Hispanic Ministry Summer Term, "La Natividad"/In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

This month, we're sharing information about several new upcoming programs, including: "A Sufi Vision of the Modern World," Detroit Urban Plunge, the Hispanic Ministry Summer Term, and a new Christmas arts project ("La Natividad") at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. Read on for more details!

"A Sufi Vision of the Modern World"
Luther Seminary, December 9 at 6:00pm

Learn about Sufism and its role in peace-making, meet a prominent international Sufi leader, and engage in interfaith conversation! Shaykh Muhammad Naqib ur Rahman, a prominent Sufi leader from Pakistan, will be visiting the Twin Cities. The shaykh is actively engaged in interfaith harmony and peace activities and has worked tirelessly to promote anti-violent, anti-extremist, pro-women, and pro-minority rights activities at local, national, and international levels. The public is invited to this free presentation, panel discussion, lecture, and Q&A. Register at Co-sponsored by Luther Seminary, Mankind Welfare Trust, Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, and the Niagara Foundation. Contact Jessi LeClear Vachta at for details.

Detroit Urban Plunge
Detroit MI, January 5 – January 14, 2015

Offered by Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary at Lenoir-Rhyne University, this course will introduce participants to some of the socio-cultural dynamics of metropolitan Detroit that shape life, inform theology, and challenge ministry in a time of profound crisis. The course will explore varied settings of ministry and creative engagement on the part of urban visionaries, responding to core issues of post-industrialization (such as food security, alternative media, place-based education, justice for returning citizens, single parent households, lifestyles, "ruins" art, etc.), in the process of divining the prophetic energies already at work in the city. Contact Associate Professor of Church and Ministry Dr. James R. Thomas for details:

Hispanic Ministry Summer Term
Austin TX
, May 24-July 1, 2015

Offered by Luther Seminary Program in the Southwest, the Hispanic Ministry Summer Term is designed for ELCA seminary students to develop leadership skills in Hispanic Ministry and build a network of colleagues who share this commitment. The first week involves students in the LSPS Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry intensive. Weeks 2 through 6 consist of a weekly seminar with Prof. Jay Alanis and several outstanding guest instructors and contextual education in teaching parishes where students engage in Hispanic ministry under the guidance of supervising pastorsTo register and review more information, click here

"La Natividad"/In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Minneapolis MN, December 11 - 21

St. Paul's Lutheran Church and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre are seeking volunteers to help with the La Natividad Christmas program. In this Spanish/English bilingual retelling of the Christmas story, audience members move with the actors as we process with Maria y José (Mary & Joseph) as they seek Posada, or shelter. The production—a combination of street theater, giant puppets and masked figures, musicians and choir-- will move from Lake Street businesses to the Avalon Theatre, and then, in a torch-lit procession, to St. Paul’s for the Nativity and fiesta — with music, food and piñata! For more information, contact Pr. Patrick Cabello Hansel at


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