It's a new year, a new semester, and a new ritual season for most of our faith and ethical traditions. Rather than posting familiar recaps from 2013 or providing the same old list of resolutions for 2014, I want to equip you with some words that have helped me begin new chapters in the past.
May these words be fruitful to you as you begin a new season of work on your preaching, prayer, pastoral care, public ministry, liturgical design, schoolwork, writing, clinical visitations, or any of the other
Seamus Heaney was a Northern Irish poet, playwright, peace activist, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. From his own perspective amid Northern Irish political conflict, Heaney penned "The Cure at Troy" as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and an indictment of apartheid in South Africa. Heaney passed away on August 30 2013 and was followed less than four months later by Nelson Mandela himself on December 5 2013. It seems appropriate to share Heaney's poem for Mandela for this month's
Step 1: Apply
Because many congregations need to approve the application at a January annual meeting, the site application deadline is
January 31, 2014.
However, we are happy to receive applications at any time – the earlier the better!
Please find “Expectations for Internship Sites,” “Financial Matters,” and the application form itself at the following link:
When you are preparing your
All Teaching Congregations Reflection Questions are due on December 17!
Students: As always, we will need two sets of Reflection Questions: one from you and one from your mentor pastor. You can access these via the FE 4021 coursepage. They can be submitted via online survey or via electronic or hard copy.
These Reflection Questions are intended for you and your mentor pastor to engage in thoughtful, compassionate, reflective conversation, so please begin them now!
Check out our new Cross-Cultural Education options!
Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta
January 22 2014
The Urban Plunge
is an annual urban immersion experience that offers a realistic and practical look at systemic issues which are problematic in our society. Participants will have the opportunity to view urban life and cities as places of the arts, learning, music, entertainment and commerce. Plunge participants will discover how urban areas are frequently purveyors
On getting out of the tower and experiencing three spiritual
gatherings at three very different places: St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, First Lutheran Church in Brookings, South Dakota, and Como Park Lutheran.
I work in a tower, tucked away in one of the highest, quietest parts of a beautiful campus. It’s not quite the Astronomy Tower of Harry Potter’s fabled Hogwarts—although the view out the window is lovely. Nor is it Tutor Cornelius’ secret tower at the top
Internship application deadlines are coming up fast!
Internship applications for students were due
Please submit your application soon if you have not already done so!
Domestic and International Horizon application materials are due to the office of Contextual Learning by
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The office of Contextual Learning will be hosting our first round of interviews with students …
Cluster meetings are nearly over!
Twin Cities West Metro:
October 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Richfield. (Steve McKinley)
October 15-16 at Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, WA. (Julie Josund)
October 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Rochester. (Steve McKinley)
Northern Minnesota-North Dakota:
October 22 at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo. (Chris Scharen)
Southwestern Minnesota: …
“I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything
—other people, trees, clouds. And this is what I learned, that the world's
is antidote to confusion, that standing within this
—the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books—can re-dignify the worst-stung heart.” – Mary Oliver, “Staying Alive,”
The West Wind
Welcome to the newest issue of
Ministry in Context!
I’m excited to
Attend one of our Internship and Endorsement Information Sessions!
Curious about the internship and endorsement process? We can help! Stop by one of our Internship and Endorsement Information Sessions for a one-stop-shop!
- Monday October 7 at 4:30pm at NW Aud
- Tuesday October 8 at 6:00pm at NW Aud
If you can't attend, we will be preparing a recording from the event that we can send to you! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on this list. See you there!