“Where you go, I go” – A Homily by Rev. Peter Weston Miller ’10

Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 10.24.41 AMRev. Peter Weston Miller ’10, Pastor at Atonement Lutheran Church in New Brighton, preached in daily chapel for our homecoming week series, “Journeys Home.”  Here, he shares his homily from October 5, 2015:


You know it is such a sweet thing to be back at Augsburg and to kick off this 2015 Homecoming week. This chapel is where I preached my first sermon.  I get to preach almost every week now at Atonement(!) Through Augsburg Campus ministry, I got to fly in an airplane for the first time. Augsburg is where that “V” word (vocation) really started to find me and I learned this vocation vocabulary that so many Auggies share. Augsburg is where I met my partner.  We were both Campus Ministry commissioners. Augsburg was where I really learned to love the city and felt like I was a part of the community. Augsburg, also opened my eyes and my heart to cycles of oppression, white privilege, and where it really sunk it that no one should have to heat there home with a kitchen stove. And Augsburg is where I really where I felt like I found my heart and my home, like I found my people, and found not just the family that is your blood but that family that becomes your blood (line from Finding Forester). It was the family that I met here that allowed me to be real, honest, broken, hurt, critical. And yet also was gifted, unique, passionate, committed, and driven to discern what God and the world needed of me.   Continue reading ““Where you go, I go” – A Homily by Rev. Peter Weston Miller ’10″

Blessing of the Animals in Chapel

jennifer_troyChapel 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!