This last year of taking classes flew by, even with driving up to campus in January and June. I had the great pleasure of studying everything from the mission of the church to preaching Old Testament texts to doing ministry with person with mental illness. What an incredible last three semesters! In January 2018, I … Continue reading Coursework Complete!
My third year of seminary started on a hopeful, wonderful note that gave no indication of what was to come. I had just experienced two months off from school, so I was only working during that time. This meant I had time to really rest in the evenings and to travel to see friends. It … Continue reading 2017 Review: Fall Semester
This year, the intensive classes on campus really started to wear me down. We have to take 10 credits on campus. Since our classes are worth either .5 or 1 credit, that translates to at least 10 classes, if not more. For me, this has meant a total of eight trips to campus so far, … Continue reading 2017 Review: June Intensives
In January I drove the now all too familiar, long drive up to Luther Seminary. I stayed a week and took two courses. In the morning I had a class on books like Revelation and one on preaching in the afternoon. The class that featured a study of apocalyptic texts like the Book of … Continue reading 2017 Review: January Intensives
All the advice that I read online about CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) kept mentioning that the student should take a vacation after completing an intensive unit of CPE. As my summer serving as a chaplain drew to a close, I imagined the wonderful vacation that my husband and I were planning to take in September. … Continue reading Study and Work at the Beach
A year and a half ago I started my official journey towards ordination when I received a positive entrance decision to begin candidacy. There are a few major interviews in this process, which I am thankful for. The screening, background checks, reflective essay writing, and interviews with various people help us to really think seriously … Continue reading Endorsement Interview
What would it be like to take most of my classes online? As my first day of seminary approached I felt a combination of exhilaration and curiosity about doing coursework online. Although I had used an online component in my teaching of college writing, including the use of Blackboard, it had been about fifteen years … Continue reading Fall 2015: Seminary Life at Home
It was just a month until I would start seminary, and I was heading off to a candidacy retreat with members of my synod and other candidates for ministry. The retreat was being held at the same place my entrance interview took place. Pulling up to the grounds after a few months away was interesting because … Continue reading Candidacy Retreat