In November 2001 the Lilly Endowment, Inc. awarded Augsburg College a $2 million grant to expand the College’s commitment to connecting faith and learning. As a result, Augsburg developed and implemented Exploring Our Gifts. After four years of successful programming, the Lilly Endowment awarded Augsburg a generous sustainability grant, matched by the College, to help support the project for an additional three years.
Exploring Our Gifts focused on helping students, faculty, and staff discern their vocations in service to God and the world. The results have been universally transformative, with hundreds of students, faculty, and staff benefiting from a wide range of new programs, individual and community experiences, and academic opportunities.
Augsburg College is committed to continuing this important work beyond the life of the Lilly grant. To this end, the College has created the Augsburg Center for Faith & Learning (ACFL) to embody and build upon the convictions at the heart of Augsburg’s educational mission:
…called to educate students to think critically, serve faithfully, lead effectively and live responsibly in the world