All Teaching Congregations paperwork was due October 16!
If you have not submitted your Learning Agreement for this year, please email that to email@example.com as soon as you are able.
Our CPE Q & A sessions are now over; get your ACPE applications in by Thanksgiving!
We are now finished hosting CPE Q & A sessions. Best of luck to all of you as you prepare your CPE applications. Getting them finished by Thanksgiving is a good rule of thumb; don't hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
New cross-cultural experiences are now available!
Want to travel to Shalom Hill Farm, Chicago, Germany, Los Angeles, or other locations? Want to learn about public issues in urban ministry, interfaith dialogue, or Spanish-language immersion?
Click here to check out our newest Cross-Cultural Education experiences: http://www.luthersem.edu/crosscultural/default.aspx?m=3671
Not Quite a Pastor
A number of conversations--both with interns finishing and beginning their experience--pushed me to write down some questions about how we negotiate the tensions around interns presiding at the sacraments. I am increasingly sure we’re unhelpfully confused on this issue, and I’d like to just try out my thinking for your deliberation and response.
First, two stories about how this came to the front burner for me.
One intern, just getting started, wrote
“I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything
—other people, trees, clouds. And this is what I learned, that the world's
is antidote to confusion, that standing within this
—the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books—can re-dignify the worst-stung heart.” – Mary Oliver, “Staying Alive,”
The West Wind
Welcome to the newest issue of
Ministry in Context!
I’m excited to
The church is big enough for both gorilla and flamingo fans.
In late August Mrs. McKinley and I took our 3 ½ year old granddaughter to the Como Park Zoo in St. Paul. It was Eliza’s first visit, but she had heard about the place from her older brother.
From the beginning our agendas were not in perfect harmony. As veteran zoo-goers, Pat and I were excited to show Eliza the various animals on display: the gorillas, the lions, the giraffes, the zebras, the bison, etc.; and
May your new work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.
May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.
May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.
Remember to be kind
To those who work for you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Attend one of our Internship and Endorsement Information Sessions!
Curious about the internship and endorsement process? We can help! Stop by one of our Internship and Endorsement Information Sessions for a one-stop-shop!
- Monday October 7 at 4:30pm at NW Aud
- Tuesday October 8 at 6:00pm at NW Aud
If you can't attend, we will be preparing a recording from the event that we can send to you! Please contact us at email@example.com to get on this list. See you there!
Teaching Congregations Site Preferences Forms are due Sep 27!
Beginning a Teaching Congregations placement for the first time? Your Site Preferences Form was due on Friday September 27. Connect with us if you haven't done this!
Teaching Congregations Learning Agreements are due Oct 16!
All Teaching Congregations Learning Agreement worksheets are due October 16. Contact us with questions or concerns about this. We look forward to working with you and your mentor pastors this year!
Our CPE Information Fair was a big success!
Many thanks to Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, Allina Health, St. Cloud VA, Park Nicollet, and Fairview University Medical Center for their wonderful help during our CPE Info Fair on Thursday September 26.
We are also hosting two follow-up Q & A sessions:
- Thursday October 3 at 12pm at NW 320
- Wednesday October 16 at 1pm at NW 210E
Stop by and learn more about the CPE process!