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Anna Ernst

Anna Ernst

I also realized that I could do the social justice work I wanted to do within the church – which had been doing this kind of work all along... I want to try to explain my passion for the theological side of serving others. It’s like the ELCA’s motto: God’s work. Our hands. In worship class, I’m excited to talk about how worship reflects that God is God and wants us to get our hands dirty.

 

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Student Profile: Anna Ernst

Degree: M.Div.

Although she grew up in the ELCA, went to youth gatherings, and was involved in the ecumenical campus ministry at Oberlin College, Anna Ernst didn’t start to think about going to seminary until she was in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. She served at two inner-city congregations in Omaha, Neb., in the midst of the growing Latino community.

“I realized that I liked working at the churches, hanging out with the quilting group and going to text study with the pastors. I also realized that I could do the social justice work I wanted to do within the church – which had been doing this kind of work all along,” Ernst says.

Ernst read Heidi Neumark’s Breathing Space that year and felt a strong call to work in communities like the one Neumark served. “That’s where I want to be,” Ernst says. “I want to be able to raise awareness of the vast separations within our country and within our church.”

Some of her friends from college don’t really know what it means that Ernst is in seminary. “I want to try to explain my passion for the theological side of serving others. It’s like the ELCA’s motto: God’s work. Our hands. In worship class, I’m excited to talk about how worship reflects that God is God and wants us to get our hands dirty.”

Ernst is thinking about doing a dual degree, either in social work at the University of Chicago or in social justice and community development at Loyola University. She received a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship at LSTC. “It’s a big honor, just a tremendous honor,” she says.

 

 

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