My name is Nicholas Tangen and I’m grateful that you took some time to check out Seek First. I currently live in Minneapolis with my wife Kristin, where I work for an ELCA congregation and attend seminary at United Theological Seminary.
I started a blog because above all, I love to write. I love the process of writing, the imagination it exercises, and the discipline it requires. My life is deeply entangled in the work of the church, and most of my writing is a reflection of that work. I am the Minister of Faith in Community at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis, MN. This role is equal parts community engagement and faith formation, and allows me the great privilege of encountering the many intersections at play in and around a community of faith. I am also an Oblate at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN. As a Benedictine and a Lutheran I find myself holding many things, theologically or otherwise, in healthy tension while also finding deep congruence in my two communities. What these two traditions have taught me above all, is that there is no boundary between what is sacred and what is ordinary, despite how unaware of this truth we may be (and I am often woefully unaware). I am especially interested in the integration of contemplative spirituality and social transformation, and in those small, daily practices that allow us to imagine a future world where “…there will be no breach in the wall, no exile, and no cry of distress in our streets” (Psalm 144). I pray that my writing here will help me to grapple with these subjects, to continue listening to God’s promise of wholeness and freedom in Christ, and to practice a little vulnerability and authenticity. We’ll see how it goes…
Peace be with you,
“I have held many things in my hands , and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” – Martin Luther
“Let us get up then, at long last, for the Scriptures rouse us when they say: It is high time for us to arise from sleep.” – St Benedict of Nursia