Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

Kicking Off CPE

Are you curious about chaplaincy and pastoral care? Are you ready to get started with Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)? circle your calendar for two important events this semester!

CPE Q&A Sessions: Not sure what CPE is? Confused about how to begin? Interested in a one-on-one conversation about your particular situation? Please come to one of our CPE Q&A Sessions, where Contextual Learning can help. The Q&A Sessions are Thursday September 28 at 11:30am and Friday October 2 at 11:30am.

Beginning Internship

Are you beginning internship this Fall 2015? We pray that each of you are settling in smoothly at your internship sites, and we are keeping you in our hearts as you begin this exciting new chapter in your ministry. As you begin to get busy in your internship role, we wanted to notify you of some important reminders.

1. Our internship website can be located here: (You can also access this link via your MyLutherNet internship coursepage.)

Planning for Internship Next Year

It's that time of year! We are looking forward to beginning a new year of placements for internships beginning Fall 2016. If you would like to begin your internship in Fall 2016, read on!

First, please review our online information about the internship program by clicking here. We'd highly recommend reviewing your options regarding internship timing and coursework. Please feel free to review the financial guidelines as well.

Next, please review our annual placement process for internships beginning

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!

Back in the Saddle Again (Sort Of)

It’s been ten years since I served in the parish, but when the invitation came to do an extended bit of supply preaching, I couldn’t resist. Chuck Trittin, the pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Eagan, was going on sabbatical and All Saints needed someone to preach and lead worship during the sabbatical. All Saints is near my home, so I accepted the invitation. The congregation was even gracious enough to grant me a three-Sunday “vacation” early in the assignment while

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

Finishing Up Internship? Save the Date for September Reflection Event!

Are you finishing up internship? Watch this space! Every September, returning interns participate in a reflection event with members of the Contextual Learning staff. This event seeks to encourage interns to put some closure to the internship year and assess the meaning of the internship year so that it can inform the student's last year(s) at seminary prior to ordination and call. This September's reflection event will be Wednesday September 9. We'll be posting more details in the months to come!

Preparing for Internship? A Few Reminders!

Are you preparing for internship? Don't forget these important reminders regarding Internship Orientation, travel, and our policies for the 2015 - 2016 internship year!

First, registration for our Summer Internship Orientation Workshop (FE 0200) is open! FE 0200 is offered as a full-day workshop on two occasions: once back on January 31, 2015 and now again on June 13, 2015.

  • Because the workshops are scheduled in proximity to the January and June intensives, our expectation is that all future interns