“GOD’S MOSAIC: DIVERSITY AS GOOD NEWS”
June 25-30, 2017
America has often been referred to as a melting pot of cultures, races and ethnicities. Yet, as we have seen in recent events, we are not being melted and molded into one similar people. We are different, and our differences are beautiful – race, gender identity, skin tone, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, body shape, etc. – this is God’s mosaic. A gift to our world. Together we will explore the sociological theories, biblical narratives, and theological frameworks that help us see, appreciate, engage and celebrate the beauty of diversity in God’s world. To fully explore this topic, all students will participate in a sociology course in the morning. Students will choose between two options for the afternoon track: either a bible course covering biblical texts that show us how and why God desires difference, or a theology class exploring a variety of theologies from populations who are usually marginalized. Through these class times, community based learning experiences, daily worship, and fellowship, students will deepen their understanding of how our differences form God’s mosaic.
2017 ACYTI Faculty:
Tim Pippert, Sociology, Augsburg University
Mary Lowe, Theology, Augsburg University
Eric Barreto, Bible, Princeton Seminary
“Jesus Has Left the Building”
June 19-24, 2016
Are you concerned about the social and ecological situations our world faces? Do you long to see your congregation more engaged with these issues in your community? Do you love your church so much that it sometimes frustrates you? If so, then join us this year for the 11th Augsburg Youth Theology Institute. As a participant, you will gain the skills and knowledge that will empower you to help lead your congregation beyond its walls and into the public square for the common good.
2016 ACYTI Faculty: Jeremy Myers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion
Jeremy Myers is a religion/ youth ministry professor at Augsburg. He earned his B.S. in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota, his M.A. in Youth Leadership at Luther Seminary and his PhD in Pastoral Care & Counseling at Luther Seminary. He is a commissioned Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. His current academic interests include articulating a vocational understanding of youth and a public understanding of church. He lives with his wife and two children in St. Paul, MN. Bluegrass music, strong coffee and huge pancakes are a few of his favorite things.
“The End of the World As We Know It?”
June 14-19, 2015
What are we to make of doomsday scenarios, predictions of the end of the world, and a culture that is preoccupied with zombies, post-apocalyptic worlds, and the “Walking Dead”? Perhaps surprisingly, many of these manifestations of apocalyptic thinking derive from biblical texts—for example, the books of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation. In fact, several prominent theologians have argued that apocalyptic thought is the cornerstone of Christian theology! We will spend the week considering what it means to think “apocalyptically”, various historical expressions of apocalyptic thought in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and several of the most popular visions of the apocalypse in contemporary society and the church.
2015 ACYTI Faculty: Justin Jeffcoat Schedtler, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Religion
Justin holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Saint Olaf College, an M.A. in New Testament from Luther Seminary, an M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University. He has taught in several contexts, both secular and ecclesial, in Biblical Studies, Greek, Ancient Religion, and his personal favorite, the book of Revelation. Justin has just published a book on the hymns in Revelation, and is currently co-editing a teaching volume on various manifestations of apocalyptic themes throughout history.
“OMC! Christian Community in the Internet Age”
June 15-20, 2014
In our churches we confess each week that we believe in the communion of saints. Much has been written about what makes for community in the digital age. For example, how does your cell phone influence the way you experience Christian community? Does our technology enhance or hinder our experience of Christian community? We will investigate a variety of resources including theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and communication theorist Marshall McLuhen in an attempt to answer these questions.
2014 ACYTI Faculty: Rev. Dr. Hans Wiersma
“Navigating the Intersection of Science and Theology”
June 16-21, 2013
How should Christian faith and science relate to one another? How do scientific findings impact faith? How does faith inform our view of scientific discovery?
Join us as we …
- look at ways of relating science and theology,
- explore the questions that arise when science and theology meet,
- and talk about how science and faith constructively interact by looking at examples from specific scientific disciplines.
2013 ACYTI Instructor: Nate Hallanger
Nate Hallanger served as the Program Director at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, and is the co-editor of God’s Action in Nature’s World: Essays in Honor of Robert John Russell (Ashgate, 2006). He currently serves as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Augsburg.
“Stories Worth Living: Exploring Lives of Interfaith Action”
June 17-22, 2012
Stories help us to make sense of our lives; in fact, we are all “storied” people, each with a unique narrative that gives our lives personal meaning. How does your faith story shape the way you live on a daily basis? How can the faith stories of others from across the religions of the world help us to understand our own Christian faith commitment and inspire us to action? Together we will explore the heroic lives of people from across the world’s religions who were deeply moved by their own faith story to act on behalf of others. Prepare to be inspired!
2012 ACYTI Faculty: Matthew Maruggi, Assistant Professor of Religion
Matt holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in Psychology and Religious Studies, a Masters in Theology from the same institution, and a doctorate in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas. He has worked in community organizations, college campus ministry, taught high school, and directed service-learning initiatives. Since 2008, he has been an assistant professor of religion at Augsburg. His teaching and research interests include Christian ethics and the ethics of world religions, liberation theology, spirituality, and service-learning.
“Our Wild and Reckless God: What Does Forgiveness Mean?”
June 26-July 1, 2011
Nobody likes to think that they are sinful. So does this mean forgiveness is also something we should no longer talk about? What is forgiveness? Who needs it? How do you get it? Who shouldn’t be forgiven? Join us as we spend a week exploring forgiveness in today’s world. We will look to the Bible and to Luther’s theology to develop a better understanding of forgiveness. We will discuss how the church has historically offered forgiveness to a sinful world, and we will reflect on how we practice forgiveness (or not) today.
2011 ACYTI Faculty: Mark Tranvik, Professor and Chair of Religion
Mark Tranvik has clocked hours as a parish pastor and a baseball coach as well as a college professor. He has a deep love for the theology of Martin Luther and for enticing students into the study of Luther’s theology. He served as instructor for the 2004 ACYTI on Vocation. Professor Tranvik has the reputation of being an outstanding instructor and all-around good guy. Despite this, he is deeply in need of forgiveness from a reckless God.
“Christian Faith and Creation: Heavenly Minded and No Earthly Good?”
June 13-18, 2010
What does the Christian faith have to say about our relationship to the environment? Should we be concerned about global warming and the environmental impact of our lifestyle? How can we talk about our current environmental situation in a way the claims God as Creator and yet recognizes our role as stewards of creation? Together we will explore these questions through a biblical, theological, and literary lens.
ACYTI 2010 FACULTY
Assistant Professor of Religion
“The Environment and Christian Theology”
Associate Professor of English
“The Environment and Literature”
Professor Karl Jacobson
Assistant Professor of Religion
“The Environment and Holy Scripture”
“Exploring the Life and Times of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
June 14-19, 2009
Dietrich Bonhoeffer— Pastor, Pacifist, and Conspirator
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor and theologian who stood up against the Nazi regime at a time when many other Christians were in support of it. He was hanged for his role in a plot to execute Hitler. Since then,many have become captured by the clarity and urgency of his theological writings, finding timeless meaning and challenge within them. Spend the week exploring Bonhoeffer’s life and theology with an internationally recognized Bonhoeffer scholar. Engaging conversations, provocative questions, thoughtful readings, and exciting community-based experiences will serve as our method of learning about this influential theologian and his implications for our time.
2014 ACYTI Faculty: Lori Brandt Hale, Associate Professor of Religion
Dr. Hale claims,”What we believe matters” and she finds a deep well of belief that matters in the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dr. Hale is respected internationally as a leading Bonhoeffer scholar and is a popular professor at Augsburg. She challenges students to recognize that questions—their philosophical and existential questions (Who am I? Why am I here?)—have theological answers.