It’s time to ‘snow’ off your Christmas Spirit and architecture skills. On December 20, post your pictures of you, your friends and your family with a gingerbread house you all built on our Community Life Facebook page. Then one foggy December Eve, our Admissions team will be our Cheerful Judges and will pick their favorite three, just in time for Christmas. The first place winner will get a $30 gift card to the national store of their choice, second will get $20 and third will get $10. We all are dreaming of a very sweet Christmas.
Archives for December 2022
Moodle Maintenance on Sunday Morning, December 4
As part of our regular maintenance cycle, Moodle will be rebooted early Sunday morning, December 4, around 4:30 a.m. We anticipate an interruption of service of no longer than five minutes.
God Pause for December 1: Matthew 3:1-12
In this Advent devotion, Dawn Alitz ’09 Ph.D. reflects on slowing down to focus on how Jesus draws near in our daily lives. Read today’s God Pause.
Thursday Chapel: Lunch Church x Hymn Sing
Rolf Jacobson, Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Old Testament, and the Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Scripture, Theology, and Ministry will lead us in a hymn sing. 11 a.m.—12 p.m. Free Lunch in the OCC Dining Room! Join in person or by Zoom (see email for link).
CCCL Candidate on Campus Friday
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Dynna Castillo-Portugal to campus on Friday as a candidate in the CCCL faculty search. Dr. Castillo-Portugal has degrees from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Bethel Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Luther Seminary. She comes to us from Mexico City, Mexico. Please see the community announcements email for Zoom links.
- Candidate Class for Students (OCC 10)—9 a.m. central
- Public Presentation (OCC 10)—10 a.m. central
- Division and Faculty Meetings—12:30 p.m. central
Intro to Restorative Justice Training
Fania Davis defines restorative justice in this way: “restorative justice is a proactive relational strategy to create a culture of connectivity where all members of a community thrive and feel valued. It includes: (1) storytelling and relationship building, (2) truth-telling and accountability, and (3) reparative action” (based on Fania Davis, The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice, loc 309 and loc 412)”
Recently the INVITE group at Luther (integrating nonviolence into theological education) and Interfaith Action (a St. Paul nonprofit) held a lunch time webinar introducing restorative justice. We highlighted Brenda Burnside (Let’s Circle Up Restorative Services), Annie Kahn (Ramsey County Attorney’s Office), and Randi Ilyse Roth (Interfaith Action). You can view the recording here.
We hope that these brief notes make you curious! And now, the ABIDE committee at Luther is pleased to invite you to join in a three day in-person training led by Kay Pranis, a nationally recognized restorative justice educator based here in the Twin Cities. The goal of this training is to begin to learn something of restorative justice practices, particularly Peacemaking Circle practices, and then to start to find ways to implement them in your own settings.
The Peacemaking Circle is used to build community, promote healing and transform conflict in educational settings both as a prevention practice and an intervention practice when relationships are disrupted. In a time of deep division and increasing isolation the Restorative Justice vision and the Peacemaking Circle process provide both a profound conceptual foundation and pragmatic process illuminating a path towards a society in which everyone belongs and everyone is valued for their gifts.
The training will take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day from January 31st to February 2nd and you must commit to attending all three days. All fees for the training will be paid by Luther Seminary, and in addition we will provide snacks and food during the event.
Faculty and staff will be given first priority in this training, but as room permits we will also welcome students. Please register here.
Questions can be directed to Mary Hess (email@example.com).