Press release

A few weeks ago, I spent a few days/nights squirreled away at Luther Seminary with a group of other pastors. Our lucky group convened to grow/stretch/learn more about preaching. The retreat was the kick-off to a year-long cohort of learners. Two years out of sem and they are already sending me back. Ha. Afterwards, they asked if they could send us a press release for our church newsletter. I laughed and thought..."hmmm, well...we have a blog?!" Coming on the heals of this media blitz of a week, we are all going to have to work hard at keeping the humble in the walk. (Please note sarcasm).  



St. Paul, Minn. – Pastor Jodi Houge of Humble Walk Lutheran Church, St. Paul, has been selected for the 2010 – 2011 HB Hanson Preaching Seminar at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sponsored by the Center for Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, the seminar was initiated by the family of Pastor H.B. Hanson who served as the campus pastor of St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN for several years and mentored many students who became outstanding preachers in the Lutheran Church.

According to Dr. David Lose, who holds The Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther and serves as the Director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, “The program seeks to integrate a twin focus on preaching and vocation, equipping pastors to preach on the vocation of all of God’s people in the world, while also inviting reflection on the pastor’s own vocation of preaching.”  The seminar, which consists of three teaching workshops over the next year, will be held on the campus of Luther Seminary.

Houge was nominated because of her “pastoral gifts in preaching and special ability in building collegiality with pastors in her synod,” shared Pastor Mary Brown of the Center for Biblical Preaching.

Pastor Houge is one of eight pastors chosen from the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities across the country and around the world. It is the largest of the eight seminaries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).