Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Welcome, Karen!

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?" Currently my days are filled with “first time” experiences as I begin my new call at Luther Seminary as Contextual Learning Associate. And I am thrilled! My “first time” experiences are varied, ranging from learning how the office copier works to the details of the Internship Handbook.

As I’m reading the Handbook, I am very aware that each intern at Luther Seminary encounters “first time” experiences

Pray and Break Bread With Us

Welcome to Pray and Break Bread for a new year! My name is Katherine Parent, and I'm excited to share about a great new year of urban and multicultural faith and justice trips. Pray and Break Bread is a series of off-campus events that bring Luther Seminary students, staff and faculty out into the community to learn from our diverse neighbors of faith. This year, there will be even more Pray and Break Bread than last year - we're planning eight exciting opportunities.

Fall 2015

Our three fall trips

Contextual Learning Now Hiring!

Contextual Learning is now filling two positions: Contextual Learning Coordinator for Christian Public Leader and Contextual Learning Associate. For more information on these two positions, please read on!

Luther Seminary invites applications for a Contextual Learning Coordinator for Christian Public Leader who will develop and maintain vibrant Contextual Learning environments for all MA and MDiv students in the Christian Public Leader (CPL) courses (FE0521-0524) at Luther Seminary.  This position

Director's Word: Grace at the Crossroads

One of my favorite additions to the Spring and Summer is to add a bike commute into my routine. It can be a shock to the system, at first. The commute is 22 miles. But once I’ve established a rhythm, the scenic and environmentally friendly ride into work is worth the extra time and effort. I love seeing all the cars backed up for miles and thinking, “I will take this seat over that one any day!” Or, the various gas stations I pass remind me that the car ride to work ain't cheap!

Pray and Break Bread: Looking Back on 2014 - 2015

We're celebrating a successful first year of Pray and Break Bread! Through four urban immersion trips, we brought Luther Seminary students, staff and faculty off-campus to meet and listen to our neighbors. We witnessed transformative models of community activism and ministry, and had powerful conversations around trip themes including interfaith dialogue, LGBTQIA advocacy, and housing justice. 

Our huge thanks go to Bethlehem Lutheran for their grant supporting this first year

Twin Cities LGBTQIA Advocacy and Housing Justice

This spring, Luther Seminary students and staff participated in two Pray and Break Bread trips to meet local faith leaders working collaboratively to end discrimination and poverty in the Twin Cities. In listening, sharing personal stories, asking questions and praying and eating together, our groups were both deeply challenged and encouraged. Each of our hosts provided us with valuable perspectives on ways Christians can engage in seeking justice, from fostering transformative conversations within

Hein Fry Book of Faith Challenge: Growing Biblical Literacy

The Bible Division invites all Fall 2015 interns to consider an exciting opportunity to enliven the biblical engagement and learning of the church (and to do a lot of learning yourself in the process). The ELCA has recently announced the Hein Fry Book of Faith Challenge. Here's the challenge:
"Create an innovative class/encounter/series engaging Scripture in a congregational setting. The project should invite people in that setting to open Scripture and join the conversation for the sake

Director's Word: Broken Mirrors and Easter Promises

Do you ever wonder if eight-year-olds are listening to your sermon? Not too long ago, our home congregation recently said farewell to a pastor who had served a tenure of nearly 11 years. Given this long stretch of time, I thought that I should ask my twelve-year-old son a nearly impossible question, “Of all the sermons you’ve heard over your lifetime, is there one that stands out to you?” After scratching his head and looking at me quizzically (as if to say, 'Why do you always ask

Director's Word: On Innovative Spirit

A friend of mine recently shared this cover issue of LIFE magazine from February 11, 1957. Next to the iconic LIFE logo, the title reads: "'The Most Wasted Hour of the Week': What's wrong with our Sunday schools and what churches can do about it." Here’s what John H. Westerhoff, renowned author of the church, says in the LIFE article:

"The church school, despite numerous bold innovations and even a few modern success stories, is plagued with disease. The church’s educational problem rests

Call from the Wilderness: Listening at the Festival of Radical Discipleship

What does a longtime radical theologian and justice-seeker like Ched Myers do for his 60th birthday? Weep with the salmon over dammed riverbeds. Dance with Miriam to tambourine and djembe. Gather 180 friends to connect prophetic Biblical texts with ongoing experiences of solidarity and struggle in communities across the US!  

This February, I attended Ched’s Festival of Radical Discipleship in Oakview, CA, a gathering that was part celebration, part reunion, and part serious huddle