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In this episode of Under the Fig Tree, host Rev. Micah Glenn and fill-in host Kati Gaschler (while Dr. Benjamin Haupt is on sabbatical) chat with Jessica Bordeleau, a rostered church worker who serves as the Seminary’s director of digital publishing. A Wisconsin native, she developed a love for theology at an early age and spent many years working in Lutheran summer camps. She studied to be a teacher at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, and later earned a Master of Arts from the Seminary. She currently produces two podcasts for the Seminary called “Lectionary Kick-start” and “Tangible: Theology Learned and Lived.” “Don’t be afraid to ask God how He wants you to serve in His church or maybe outside of His church,” she says. “Man, God’s got a lot of work to do and He will enable you to do it. Don’t be afraid to be a church worker. If He calls you, He will enable you. … I never ended up being a classroom teacher but I teach all the time.” Her additional advice for those considering coming to the Seminary? “Stay connected to God through His Word and continue to pray,” she says. “The way God talks to us is through His Word and through prayer.” In the recurring segment, “Ripe for the picking or leave it on the tree,” hear how she and hosts feel about pineapple on pizza, maple syrup, “Napolean Dynamite” and more!

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Laity; Ministers; Future Seminarians; Future Deaconesses

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