Ministry in Context

CPE: Application and Completion Details

Students, are you planning for, beginning, or finishing CPE? Please don't forget to refresh yourself on the application and completion details. If you could not make it to our CPE Info Fair or CPE Q&A Sessions, please contact Contextual Learning with any questions you may have; we're happy to help.

After you’ve been accepted to a program, here is how you must register and pay for it:

  1. As soon as you know where you will be doing CPE, please send Contextual Learning a copy of your acceptance

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

New Pray and Break Bread Trip: Hindu Temple, Hmongtown Market, MN Zen Center, and more!

Pray and Break Bread is an urban multicultural and interfaith immersion program in which we leave the Luther campus bubble, meet our neighbors, learn together, break bread together, and share ritual and reflection. Our next Pray and Break Bread trip is on Saturday November 22.

For this trip, we will be visiting the diversity of spiritual and secular practice in the Twin Cities.

  • We'll begin the morning with a special tour of the Hindu Temple of Minnesota, where we'll encounter some of the practices

New Volunteer and Job Opportunities: Saint Therese, City Camp, Project for Pride in Living

We are excited to share some new volunteer and leadership opportunities: a Pastoral Care Associate position at Saint Therese of New Hope MN, a Summer Chaplain/Community Leader position for City Camp in Philadelphia PA, and a Pre-K Volunteer position for Project for Pride in Living in St. Paul MN. Please read on for more details.

Saint Therese, New Hope MN

"Saint Therese of New Hope is a Catholic organization serving seniors of all faiths, and is dedicated to the well-being of each individual. 

Internship: Cluster Meetings

Twice per year in the fall and spring, all Internship supervisors and pastoral interns around the country are hosted by the nearest ELCA seminary for something called the "cluster meeting." At the cluster meeting, supervisors and pastoral interns enjoy a chance to meet, talk, ask questions, provide feedback, and learn from other partners in the Internship experience. These are valuable sessions and they contribute greatly to the Internship in both semesters. (They are also a fun way to get to know

CPL: Learning Agreement

Christian Public Leader placements are off and running smoothly! As a friendly reminder: Once students have been placed with a Christian Public Leader site, the student and the mentor must complete a Learning Agreement worksheet. The purpose of the Learning Agreement is to outline clear goals and expectations for the placement, including vocational and skills development as well as the practical aspects of the mentorship. This semester, these were due September 29.

Learning Agreements may be downloaded

New CPE Units: Recovery Church, HAUMC Dignity Center

Are you a Methodist student? Are you interested in CPE? Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches' Community Justice Ministries is offering two special CPE programs for United Methodist students: the Recovery Church and the HAUMC Dignity Center, both in the Twin Cities. Spring timings available. Please contact GMCC's CPE Director, Rev. Dr. Susan Allers Hatlie, for details: sallershatlie@gmcc.org

Also, are you planning for, beginning, or finishing CPE? Please don't forget to notify Contextual Learning.

New Cross-Cultural Opportunities: Pray and Break Bread, SPIN, Norway, Berlin, Krakow, Oswiecim

There are many new cross-cultural opportunities coming up this year! Upcoming options include the October Pray and Break Bread trip, Saint Paul Interfaith Network's Fall Dialogue Series, and the FASPE Fellowship's June intensive in Berlin, Krakow, and Auschwitz. Read on for more details.

Pray and Break Bread's "Twin Cities Abrahamic Traditions"

Registration is filling up for our Friday October 24 Pray and Break Bread trip, "Twin Cities Abrahamic Traditions." On this trip, we'll be visiting with

New Volunteer and Job Opportunities: City Camp, Project for Pride in Living

We are excited to share some new volunteer and leadership opportunities: a Summer Chaplain/Community Leader for City Camp in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Pre-K Volunteer for PPL Scholars in St. Paul, Minnesota. Please read on for more details.

City Camp, Philadelphia PA

In Summer 2015, the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania will hire around 30 summer team members, many of whom live together in community in Philadelphia. These team members travel to parishes throughout the Diocese to lead day camp

New Resource for LGBTQIA Candidates: Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries' "Unofficial Guide" for First Call Candidates

Please click here to download a new resource from Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, designed for LGBTQIA First Call candidates: Mysteries of the Ages: ELM’s Unofficial Guide for LGBTQ First Call Candidates.

This peer-to-peer resource, put together by LGBTQ first call pastors and members of ELM’s Candidacy Accompaniment Team, is intended to demystify parts of the candidacy and call process from Approval through First Call.  The resource is geared toward LGBTQ candidates specifically,