• College students are into social networking. Now parents of Luther College students can interact with questions and information through the Decorah, Iowa, school’s new social network. Luther College Parents Net lets them share their advice and experiences as college parents. Specific networks are created for parents of each class year. To become a member of the free service, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (include your student's anticipated year of graduation).
• Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., will participate in a five-year initiative funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. The initiative will create ways to teach seminarians how to prepare lay people for their vocation. The current model of theological education tends to focus on the pastor as the primary agent of ministry. This initiative will help seminary graduates develop the laity’s understanding of God as a partner with them in the daily events of their lives. “What we’ve learned is that we’re fairly good at teaching our students about vocation,” said David Lose, Marbury E. Anderson professor of biblical preaching and the project head. “But we haven’t done as well at equipping them to teach their parishioners about vocation.”
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