Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Internship: Placement Process and New Supervisor Workshop

To those sites and supervisors who interviewed this past month: Thank you all for completing your Preferences Forms punctually and with great detail! All of us here at Contextual Learning appreciate your attention and care as we begin our annual internship placement process.

Pastors, some of you have begun inquiring about preparations for a possible internship placement. We're happy to share these details with you.

Next Steps

We may be in touch with you with additional questions or suggestions as

Internship: Cluster Schedule

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

Summer and Fall CPE Units Available

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn. has openings for CPE Level I full-time summer 2015 internships. Please submit applications to: For more information regarding the program click on this website link:

Good Samaritan Specialty Care Community, a long term care facility in Robbinsdale MN, still has openings for its full-time summer unit  (May  26 –

Join us for Pray and Break Bread: LGBTQIA Advocacy (Saturday March 28)!

One of the most fun and deeply meaningful things I've been part of at seminary is facilitating Contextual Learning's "Pray and Break Bread" project. This series of urban multicultural trips seeks to bring the Luther Seminary community off-campus to meet and listen to our neighbors.

Why is this important? Most of us have many opportunities to connect with other members of the Lutheran tradition (especially people of our own race, socioeconomic status, or gender or sexual identity), but fewer opportunities

New Cross-Cultural Opportunities: Geneva, Austin

Are you interested in a year-long internship as the Advocacy Intern in the Office for International Affairs and Human Rights at the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland? Applications are due April 30 and the position begins in September of this year. Please contact Contextual Learning for more information; we can forward you the application information and materials.

Are you interested in a Spanish-language Hispanic Ministry intensive this summer at Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest

Director's Word: Called to Be Unsettled

"A Gospel that doesn't unsettle, a Word of God that doesn't get under anyone's skin, a Word of God doesn't touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed, what Gospel is that?" - Oscar Romero

The end of December 2014 brought a congratulatory word from the President of Luther Seminary. She informed me that she had recommended my name to the Board (which they voted on and approved), and that my journey as Director of Contextual Learning would begin on January 1 2015.

As I settle

Internship: Evaluations, Concurrent Clusters, and FE 0200

Interns: As a friendly reminder, do not forget about your midpoint evaluations and other deliverables! You may find a complete list, with deadlines, on our Forms Timeline page. Click here to review our expectations.

Also, are you on a concurrent internship? Don't forget to touch base with Contextual Learning to share your schedule and participate in our upcoming calls with our new director, Tim Coltvet.

Last but not least, are you preparing for internship next year? Don't forget to register for

CPE: Spring Program Reminders

Are you planning for CPE in Fall 2015? Try to submit your applications early and often! Applying by Easter 2015 to multiple locations is optimal. If you are planning for CPE in Summer 2015, spots are running out. Please apply right away to ensure a possible placement.

Please contact Contextual Learning with any questions you may have about the available sites or application process. We're happy to help you with your questions!

Also, if you have been accepted to a program, don't forget to notify

UPDATED: Twin Cities LGBTQIA Advocacy Day and Twin Cities Housing Justice Day!

Are you interested in urban, multicultural, and faith-based social justice immersion? For the Spring 2015 semester, we are excited to reveal our next two Pray and Break Bread trips: Twin Cities LGBTQIA Advocacy Day and Twin Cities Housing Justice Day!

Last semester, Pray and Break Bread took Luther students, faculty, and staff on two exciting urban immersion trips. Our first trip was to explore Minneapolis' local Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith communities by visiting Masjid An-Nur, Sabes Jewish

Cross-Cultural Education: New SCUPE Courses

Are you interested in a SCUPE course? Please review these updated offerings. For more information, please check out: You may also contact the Registrar for help on signing up for these programs.

SCUPE M 305: Dimensions and Dynamics of Urban Ministry

Organized as a sequence of city-wide experiential learning opportunities, the course introduces students to congregations and faith-based organizations that bring good news through prophetic ministry. Students have the opportunity