Students at commencement

Ministry in Context

New Internship Stipend and Health Insurance for 2015 - 2016

Since 2008, the eight ELCA seminaries have worked with EIIA (our provider of property and casualty insurance) to offer the Seminary Student Health Insurance Plan for students and their dependents who do not have other health insurance coverage. EIIA has recently given notice that the current plan will terminate on August 31, 2015, because enrollment has fallen below the minimum threshold set by the current carrier. This change coincides with the rise of other, often more affordable coverage options

New Supervisor Workshop for 2015 - 2016

Are you a new supervisor for the 2015 - 2016 internship year? We look forward to hosting you at the New Supervisor Workshop on May 5 – May 6, 2015 at Luther Seminary. During the workshop, the Contextual Learning staff will cover expectations and responsibilities of serving as an internship supervisor, including a special panel and evening dinner presentation.

Dates and agenda


The workshop officially begins at 1 p.m. on Tuesday May 5 in the Olson Campus Center Auxiliary Dining Room here at Luther

New Internship Handbook for 2015 - 2016

You spoke and we listened! In addition to our new website and programmatic updates for the upcoming academic year, we are now happy to share our brand-new Internship Handbook for 2015 - 2016. Our Internship Handbook includes an FAQ featuring your most common questions, updated policies regarding pets, social media, travel, moving expenses and more, and plenty of details about the work and joy of internship. To review the Handbook for yourself, click here.

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

New Cross-Cultural Opportunities: Mexico, Geneva, The Holy Land, Austin

Are you interested in traveling to Mexico to learn about Lutheran identity in Latin America, conflict resolution and peace-making, or transformative ministries? Look into AMEXTRA's "Seeds of Transformation" summer immersion programs in Mexico! For more information, click here. To take an immersion course for credit, see Contextual Learning's CCE website for details!

Are you interested in a year-long internship as the Advocacy Intern in the Office for International Affairs and Human Rights at the

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

That Old Devil Change

We had a wonderful family vacation in February. My wife and I, our three adult children, our daughter-in-law, and our two grandchildren went to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, for the proverbial week of fun in the sun. It was our eighth year at our favorite resort. We had neighboring ground floor rooms just steps from the pool. Wonderful.

At first we weren’t too sure. The resort was pummeled by Hurricane Odile last September, and was closed from mid-September until mid-December. Rebuilding is still

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

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