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thoughtful discovery

Doing missional work requires a vision for how to engage your community, clearly articulated and intentionally shared.

It also takes on-the-ground practices that deepen connections within the community and strengthen individuals to move ahead in shared ministry.

Discerning Mission

Prairie Star Ministries

Here's a short introduction to an innovative small church collaborative in southwestern Minnesota:

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Teaching, learning and diversity

In addition to Dr. Willie James Jennings' lecture, we invited a panel of faculty -- Dr. Eric Barreto, Dr. Amy Marga, and Dr. Christian Scharen -- to "think out loud" with us on the pedagogical implications of his work for our mission together at Luther:

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Reflecting on ecclesiology and ethnography

Back in May, Dr. Chris Scharen hosted a two-day conference at Luther which explored the interplay of ecclesiology and ethnography. Here Dr. Terri Elton offers some reflections on the meeting, and poses questions worth pondering:

What does it mean to bridge theology, in particular ecclesiology, and the social sciences? Is pursing such a bridge even a worthy endeavor? What motivates the search for this bridge? What benefit does such a pursuit have for the greater good?

In the room, ruminating on such

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Ecclesiology and ethnography

How might qualitative research engage with theological research in a congregational setting? Dr. Pete Ward has some suggestions:

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Mission as a lens for embracing diversity

Dan Anderson recently completed his PhD in CML at Luther. HIs research explored worship practices in a variety of emerging church contexts:

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