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Cross-Cultural Education

Broaden your perspective

Cross-Cultural Education (CCE) places the student in an unfamiliar context through various educational settings including, but not limited to, academic and theological coursework, independent study, and immersion encounters. Scholarly and theological pursuit of cross-cultural competencies is a critical aspect of a cross-cultural education, but so too is real-world encounter with diverse cultural locations and the people who live, work and worship there.

Students are encouraged to demonstrate acquisition and continued integration of cross-cultural competencies (including but not limited to the knowledge, skills, attitudes and self-awareness that contribute to becoming effective cross-cultural Christian public leaders) as they complete their coursework and participate in contextual learning opportunities.

Why does it matter?

  • Past: As a community crafted by Scandinavian and European immigrants and English-language learners, a rich legacy of cross-cultural migration and experience is at the center of Luther's heritage.
  • Present: As an institution seeking to educate Christian public leaders for the present realities of Christian ministry, we have a responsibility to recognize the diversity in our own community, learn about our multi-faith and multicultural neighbors, and educate ourselves about our world.
  • Future: As a community of the faithful working hard to bring Christian traditions into a new era of public meaning, it is critical for us to face the challenges of the future with our eyes and arms open. It is our responsibility to lead future generations of faith communities toward a more just world and to stand in solidarity with the oppressed.

How does CCE fit into Luther Seminary’s mission?

  • “Called and sent by the Holy Spirit…”: What does it mean to be called and sent by the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit appear to the world’s many persons, faiths, practices, traditions, and cultures? How can we recognize the Holy Spirit in others? How can we listen when others speak to us about their vision?
  • “ witness to salvation through Jesus Christ…”: How do marginalized communities within and outside of Luther Seminary speak about salvation? How do communities of color understand Jesus Christ? How do queer, trans, or disabled communities understand Jesus Christ? How do revolution, liberation, learning, and freedom fit into a narrative of salvation by Jesus?
  • “ serve in God’s world.”: What does it mean to serve in God’s world? How can we best serve the liberation of others? How can we best serve our neighbors, friends, and families? How can we work toward a kingdom of God in our lifetimes? What does that kingdom look like to you?

Take the next step

  • Tagged coursework can be used to build cross-cultural competencies and will aid students in demonstrating those competencies in their contextual learning sites. Contact the Office of the Registrar for the most updated list of tagged CCE courses (
  • Participation in reciprocal ELCA seminary programs coursework. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information (
  • Development of one’s own independent study or immersion experience. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information (