The Augsburg bible study group, “Doing Theology with Girlfriends” and their leader, Babette Chatman ’05, recently worked on understanding the Gospel in a new way. According to Babette,
“We experimented with the many ways we identify or name God. One substitution that the ‘girlfriends’ drew strength and motivation from was replacing ‘he’ or ‘God’ with ‘The Word’.” The results of their work: Continue reading “Doing Theology with Girlfriends and John’s Gospel”
Chapel went to the dogs today, and the cats, and the hedgehogs… as we commemorated St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, with our annual “Blessing of the Animals” in daily chapel. Around 150 people gathered to hear Jennifer Troy, Director of Paws for Learning, speak about the importance of animals in our lives to help us de-stress and deal with life’s difficulties. Each animal in attendance was brought forward by their person for a special blessing from Pastor Sonja Hagander and Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres. Especially memorable were the moments when Charlie, Jennifer’s 170-pound Great Dane, decided to give some special attention to folks in the front row!
We welcomed the New Life Band to daily chapel today, all the way from Tanzania! Eight musicians shared their vocal and drumming gifts along with a narrative of their mission. For their last selection, they invited students up to join them in dancing to their lively drumming and vocals.
The New Life Band is an “inter-denominational ministry that serves as an instrument to transform the lives of youth and students within Tanzania through the Gospel of Jesus Christ by giving them hope and opportunity by knowing that they are loved.” They are currently working to raise funds for a women’s dormitory building at a Tanzanian school. For more info: www.newlifeband.net
This last weekend the Urban Plunge program officially began again for the year! Urban Plunge is where middle school and high school youth groups from churches in the area come for an overnight retreat from Friday through Saturday. During this time they go out onto Light Rail and visit different parts of Minneapolis while engaging issues such as racism, homelessness and class issues. They talk about how we can work to break the cycles that contribute to these things and see how faith can speak to these issues. Last weekend a group from Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Plymouth came. 13 youth and adults came and had a great weekend learning and exploring.
Are you interested in getting involved with Urban Plunge? Would you like to schedule your own for your church youth group? Contact Jacie Richmond, Pastoral Intern, or Greg Lewis, Bonner Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Two great alums stopped by early this semester to say “hi.” Both Kelsey and Emma loved Augsburg and developed their callings while students here. We miss them, but love to hear what they are up to today.
Kelsey Hlavac ’14: “I am Director of Christian Education and Youth at Grace Lutheran Church in Royersford, PA. I work with all ages from new-borns/infants through young adults and families. The church is welcoming and embraces my energy and passion for God and the youth.”
Emma Winegar ’14: “I work at Epic. Epic develops integrated electronic medical record software. I work in technical services, and I help customers troubleshoot issues, optimize their use of the software, and get updates. I work with the pharmacy application, Willow. I’ve learned a lot during my year at Epic, and I enjoy what I do! The campus is amazing. There are cows, dragons, a tree house, and more!”
Sonja Hagander, Mark Hanson and Nazih Safi are in Washington, DC this week to attend and present at President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge: Augsburg named one of five top finalists in the Challenge! Way to go Auggies!