Meet O’Quba – AYTI Mentor

O'Quba DuressaGreetings! My name is O’Quba Duressa, and I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I just finished my first year at Augsburg University, studying International Business with a minor in International Relations.

Personally, my favorite thing about Augsburg is the community and engagement it has. A few of my future career goals include running a small business of my own or perhaps working with youth from different backgrounds. As a mentor at the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute I am excited to see the oneness and fellowship we will be having!

 

Meet Fidelina – 2018 AYTI Mentor

Fidelina Xinico MoralesHi, My name is Fidelina Xinico. I am an international student from Guatemala. After this summer I will be a senior double majoring in international business and economics with a minor in management information system.

My favorite thing about Augsburg is that there are so many opportunities for you to get involved in what you are interested and passionate about. As an Augsburg student, I have participated in different student organizations and also have this amazing opportunity to be a mentor for the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute in 2017 and 2018. I have also been one of the AYTI Ambassadors for the academic year. These experiences have taught me that it is important to have a balance in your life. And AYTI has been helping me to do so by strengthening me mentally and spiritually.

I am excited about AYTI 2018; I will see you soon!

2018 Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference: CIVIL DISCOURSE IN A FRAGMENTED AND MULTI-RELIGIOUS SOCIETY

Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference participants in 2016.

July 16-18, 2018

Augsburg University
Minneapolis, MN

Each year, members of Lutheran colleges gather to explore the distinctive roles we play in higher education.

As the 2018 theme is Civil Discourse in a Fragmented and Multi-Religious Society, the conference will explore:
a) civility in politically fragmented society;
b) case studies on difficult conversations
c) challenges on campus; and
d) civil discourse in multi-religious society.

The conference is open to all from ELCA colleges and universities, but persons should attend who have a particular interest or campus responsibility in the vocation of Lutheran higher education to help students and others speak across difference and address political, cultural and intra- and inter-religious understanding. Each college or university is urged to send a campus delegation, composed of a mix of administrators and faculty.

View the 2018 Conference Agenda Draft

REGISTRATION

ELCA colleges and universities are invited to send delegations of up to five persons at a subsidized rate of $150 per person. More information about registration was sent to school representatives through the ELCA. Contact Melinda Valverde at melinda.valverde@elca.org for more information if your college or university has questions.

 2018 Conference Registration for Augsburg Faculty and Staff

Questions may be also be directed to 612-330-1403 or voalc@augsburg.edu.

The Vocation of a Lutheran College conference is supported by the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities.

Meet Lidiya – 2018 AYTI Mentor

Hi! My name is Lidiya Ahmed, and I’m from Ethiopia. I am currently a sophomore double majoring in Space physics and Mathematics. Augsburg has given me the opportunity to learn more about vocation through multiple experiences. I couldn’t think of a place better than Augsburg to do my undergraduate degrees as I aspire to interact with people, work on community-based projects and learn about what’s outside of my research lab in order to impact people’s’ lives. I believe that scientists should serve their communities through science and service and I am glad that I get to do what I believe in as an Auggie. I will be pursuing my Ph.D. in space physics after graduation from Augsburg, and I see myself as a research scientist actively involved in community work while conducting research at national laboratories.

I’m excited to be a mentor for AYTI this year and to share with high school youth what I have learned about being a light in the world. I am hopeful that it will be a time for all of us at AYTI to be equipped in every dimension so that we can continue being change agents and light in the world!

Learn more about AYTI and this summer’s theme at http://www.augsburg.edu/ayti/

Spring Vocation Lunch with robert tom

Augsburg Faculty and Staff, you are invited to attend the spring vocation lunch with robert tom, Art Chair and Associate Professor – Ceramics and Sculpture:robert tom and family

Register for Vocation Lunch with robert tom

Thursday, March 29, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
East Commons, Christensen Center

More about our speaker:

robert k. tom has been teaching three-dimensional studio art and design at Augsburg University since 2002. His interdisciplinary creative process and teaching methodology have been influenced by his Hawaiian/Chinese heritage combined with a fusion of Eastern, Western, and Pacific Island thought and aesthetics. He creates interactive works that asks the viewer to contemplate disparate perspectives and acceptance of divergent possibilities. robert pursues a multi-media approach in seeking solutions to his questions.

A Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Collaborative grant and a Forecast Public Arts grant pairs the Augsburg University community with students from Cedar-Riverside Elementary School. This project promotes a deeper level of understanding and commitment to sustaining a more cohesive community.  One of the CR/AU collaborations is a bas-relief ceramic mural set to be installed in the new HCSBR.

Prior to working at Augsburg University, Robert taught at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and from 1995-98 was visiting faculty at Minnesota State University campus in Akita, Japan. He then followed his heart to Brisbane, Australia, to pursue studio work, and back to Minnesota in 2000 where he has since taken root.

Lutheran Service Year Program Tabling and Chapel Talk Nov. 7

Have you been wondering about what it would be like to dedicate a year to serving others, living in intentional community, and discovering where and how you are being called to use your gifts?

  • If so, Lutheran Service Year Programs want to connect with you!

Representatives from these four programs will be on campus Tuesday, November 7:

Young Adults in Global Mission (Information)

Lutheran Volunteer Corps (Information)

Urban Servant Corps (Information)

Border Servant Corps (Information) 

Please stop by the table in Christensen Center from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM to learn about opportunities for you to serve through LIFE in Service programs.

Daily Chapel on November 7 will be led by Lutheran Volunteer Corps at 11:30am in Foss Center.

More information about LIFE in Service:

Each year, more than 200 LIFE (Lutheran Immersion & Formation Experiences) in Service volunteers serve within the United States and around the world!  LIFE in Service programs include: Border Servant Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Urban Servant Corps, and Young Adults in Global Mission.

Leaders from each LIFE in Service Organizations work together to provide opportunities for people in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to live, learn, and serve in their setting. Based in accompaniment, international community, simplicity, spirituality, and sustainability, each program is committed to being ecumenical, interfaith, LGBTQ-affirming, and social and racial justice-centered.

 

2017-18 Vocation Internship Opportunity

EXPLORE VOCATION WHILE SERVING AT A FAITH-BASED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

Current Augsburg Students:

  • Are you curious about how you are called to serve your neighbors in a work setting?
  • Wondering about how your talents, skills, preferences, and passions can inform your career decision making?
  • Interested in exploring purpose, meaning, and vocation in a practical way?
  • Looking for a paid work/internship experience for spring semester 2018?

If yes to all of these, we invite you to apply to be a Christensen Vocation Intern.

APPLY NOW TO BE A CHRISTENSEN VOCATION INTERNShipThe priority deadline for 2018 Christensen Vocation Interns has passed.

  • After this time, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, though specific sites may already be filled.

Some benefits and responsibilities include:

  • Direct work experience at a faith-based non-profit organization.
  • Students of any major and any faith background can participate.
  • Participate in a bi-weekly seminar with other interns: read, take assessments, reflect, and share about vocational discernment.
  • Duration: 8-10 hours/week, PAID internship for 100 hours during Spring 2018 semester. Potential orientation hours in December 2017.
  • Completed Christensen vocation internships can be eligible for the Augsburg Experience.

There are four potential placement sites for these internships.

The Christensen Interns will be selected based on strong interest in exploring vocation, call, and career interests in faith-based or service organizations, as well as potential match with the internship site’s needs.

Questions? Contact Lonna Field at 612-330-1467 or ccv@augsburg.edu

Christensen Vocation Lunch with “Tina” Maria Tavera

Augsburg Faculty and Staff, you are invited to attend the fall vocation lunch with “Tina” Maria Tavera, TRIO-McNair Scholars Director.

Wednesday, November 15
11:15 am – 12:20 pm

Registration has closed for this event.

More about our speaker:“TINA” MARIA TAVERA

Maria Cristina (“Tina”) Tavera has been the director of Augsburg’s TRIO-McNair Scholars program since March 2008.  Funded by the Department of Education, the McNair Scholars program helps income-eligible, first generation, and underrepresented students prepare for and matriculate to graduate school. Prior to her director role, Tavera was an Academic Advisor for Augsburg’s TRIO-Student Support Services program for four years, and has been working for and devoted to TRIO students for over 20 years. Tavera is an artist, independent curator, and activist who has exhibited at Augsburg; she is also one of the artists selected to create a public art piece for the Hagfors Center for Science, Business and Religion.  She sees parallels between her artistic efforts to decrease cultural alienation and expand society’s artistic vision and her passion for equal access to education. Her vocation is greatly influenced by her transnational upbringing between Minnesota and Mexico, as her scholarly research specialization is in Latino and Latin American art.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

2017 Seminary and Divinity School Day

October 26, 2017 at Gustavus Adolphus College

A day to connect, reflect, and explore theological graduate study options.

Students of all denominations welcome! Representatives from up to 22 seminary and divinity schools will be present. 

REGISTER by October 20Table talk conversations at Seminary and Divinity School Day

This event is free, and lunch and transportation to Gustavus Adolphus College will be provided to those who register. We will leave Augsburg at 8:00 am and return around 4:00 pm.

Theme: “I am your Servant, Give me Discernment”  -Psalm 119:125

Discernment is a journey that begins with a still small whisper or sense of God’s call upon one’s life. As children of God we cannot ignore it when we feel our creator tugging at our heart, but that does not mean we have to walk alone on this path. It is God’s goods pleasure that we should have discernment and enjoy the company of fellow seekers as we journey forward together.

Schedule for October 26, 2017

8:00 AM                  Depart Augsburg University for Gustavus Adolphus

9:30 AM                  Registration

10:00-10:20 AM      Daily Chapel

10:30 – 11:30 AM   Welcome, Introductions, Vocational Reflection Conversation

11:30-1:55 PM        Table Talk Time, with Lunch Buffet Open from 12:30-1:30PM

2:15 – 2:30 PM       Sending Session and Blessing, depart for Augsburg

Arrive at Augsburg University by 4:00 PM

See the list of 18 Seminary and Divinity Schools that represented at Augsburg in 2016.


Seminary and Divinity Day is a collaboration between the Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg University and Gustavus Adolphus College.

If you have questions, contact Emily Glaser at ccv@augsburg.edu or Lonna Field at fieldl@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1467.

Heritage Day with Mary Lowe

Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, 625 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454

As part of the Reformation series, Mary Lowe, associate professor of Religion at Augsburg University, will give an evening lecture followed by discussion and a reception.

Martin Luther wrote, “There are three elements in a human, the body, the soul, and the spirit.” Many of today’s complex issues involve our bodies and the body of creation: climate change, gender and sexuality, abuse, and deforestation, etc. In Augsburg’s 2017 Heritage Lecture, Prof. Lowe will introduce Luther’s perspectives on bodies and creation and examine how—even today—his theology can help us better understand and address these embodied challenges.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please email ccv@augsburg.edu if:
– you would like a printable parking permit for the evening.
– you would like to be notified when an audio recording of the presentation is available.