A newsletter for friends of the Global Mission Institute, Luther Seminary

Global Vision - Fall 2010

Celebrating Edinburgh 1910: The Call to Global Mission Remains

One hundred years ago missionaries, church leaders and theologians worldwide gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland at the World Mission Conference to discuss issues facing Christian witness in the world. This June marked the centenary celebration of this historic gathering.

The focus remained on global mission, but the means of sharing information was vastly different. The conference, which took place June 2-6, showed tell-tale signs of changing times in the way technology was used. The 2010 global mission leaders planned for the conference through events, consultations and conversations for several months prior, most of which took place on the Web using social networking tools such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Director's Corner

GMI Transitions for the Future

This academic year, the Global Mission Institute (GMI) and the Cross-Cultural Education (CCE) office have been joined under the interim directorship of Rev. Orin Cummings '03. In this role, Orin will work to develop the network of congregations and individuals who support the GMI, while also providing oversight for the Cross-Cultural Education program. The GMI also welcomed former student worker Elizabeth Flomo, '10, as the GMI/CCE project coordinator.

GMI Member Congregation Profile

Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

Central Lutheran, a GMI supporter for 23 years

Ninety-one years ago, 12 Minneapolis businessmen founded one of the city's first English-speaking Lutheran churches. They founded it on a principle: that this new church would not be an ethnic parish but would be open to everyone who lived in the surrounding area.

International Student Profile

Dynna Castillo Portugal

Dynna Castillo Portugal

Dynna Castillo Portugal had planned to spend her career working with computers. Though Christian faith is a way of life for Portugal, and ordained ministry is the vocation of both her father and grandfather, she did not plan to work professionally in the church. But, while Portugal had already begun a successful career in computer engineering, God had other plans for her.

Meet Rev. Orin W. Cummings, Interim Director of the GMI/CCE

From Sweden to St. Paul: A formal exchange begins

Graduate Preaching Fellows Embrace Year of Travel

WorkingPreacher.org Now Offered in Spanish

Watch video of the 2010 Burgess Lecture

Lutheran World Federation Assembly

Nina Joy, '10, Explores Servant Leadership

Luther Welcomes 60 International Students

New International Students Gifted Quilts