Fall Vocation Lunch with Pastor Sonja Hagander

Augsburg Faculty and Staff, you are invited to attend the fall vocation lunch with Sonja Hagander, University Pastor and Director of Ministries.

Friday, November 9
11:15 am – 12:25 pm

Note: Spaces for the lunch are full. If you would like to listen to the talk without the meal, there will be chairs in the back of the East Commons for you to sit. Note Sonja’s presentation will begin about 11:40 am.

Sonja Hagander

PASTOR SONJA HAGANDER brings a deep passion for helping young adults explore Christian vocation and creating lives of faith and service. She has also led several interfaith initiatives at Augsburg, the ELCA’s most diverse college. In that context, she plans and leads worship each week in a challenging but very energizing urban multi-faith community. She has served as Pastor-Theologian at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton University, and as Chaplain and emcee to the ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza Conference which hosts more than 1,000 pastors and youth leaders. She has been a contributor to “Word and World” and the ELCA e-zine for women, “BoldCafe.org.”  She lives in the Twin Cities with her family. They love all things water: paddleboarding, skiing, canoeing, swimming, sailing, and kayaking. She most recently co-authored a book entitled, “Faith in Action: A Handbook for Activists, Advocates and Allies”, for Fortress Press.

EDUCATION
B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
M.Sc. University of Edinburgh
M.Div. Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

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.

2018 Seminary and Divinity School Day

November 15, 2018 at St. Olaf 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. 

This event is free, and lunch and transportation to St. Olaf College will be provided to those who register. We will leave Augsburg by 8:30 AM and return to campus around 2:30 PM.

Register for Seminary and Divinity School Day by November 7
group of Augsburg students at 2017 Seminary and Divinity School Day
The group of Augsburg students at 2017 Seminary and Divinity School Day

Schedule for November 15, 2018

8:30 AM – Depart Augsburg for St. Olaf

9:30 AM – Check-in/Registration at St. Olaf

9:45 AM – Opening Session

11:00 AM – Daily Chapel

11:30 AM – Lunch, Small Group Conversation, and Seminary and Divinity School Fair

1:30 PM – Depart St. Olaf for Augsburg

2:30 PM – Arrive at Augsburg

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

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

 

 

 

Heritage Day with Phil Adamo

Phil Adamo giving a presentation

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hagfors Center 150, 700 21st Ave S, Minneapolis

THE MANY FOUNDINGS OF AUGSBURG UNIVERSITY

What do words like “founding” mean at a place like Augsburg? If, as a Lutheran institution, we believe in the concept of “semper reformanda” (always reforming), then shouldn’t we say that Augsburg has had multiple “foundings”—not only physically, but intellectually and theologically?

Augsburg history professor Phil Adamo will explore these questions in the 2018 Heritage Talk, offering examples from his new book, Hold Fast to What is Good: A History of Augsburg University in 10 Objects, written for the upcoming celebration of Augsburg’s 150th anniversary. A reception will follow the presentation.

More about our speaker:

Phillip C. Adamo has an international reputation as a scholar and teacher. He has presented his research at major conferences throughout the United States and Europe. In 2014, The Medieval Academy of America, the oldest and largest association of medievalists in the world, presented Phil with the CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2015, the Carnegie Institute for the Advancement of Teaching named him Minnesota Professor of the Year. Phil is currently working on a history of Augsburg for its 150th anniversary.

More about the event:

This event is free and open to the public.

Registration for Heritage Day closed.

For any questions regarding registration for this event, please call Liz Behnke in the Institutional Advancement Office: 612-330-1171.

2018 Christensen Symposium with Rahuldeep Gill

October 3, 2018

Morning Event

Christensen Symposium Address by Rahuldeep Gill
Who Are “We?” A Sikh Perspective on Vocation, Justice and Death

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
625 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Rahuldeep Singh Gill, PhD; Associate Professor, Department of Religion; Campus Interfaith Strategist, Division of Mission and Identity at California Lutheran University

Afternoon Event

Open conversation with Rahuldeep Gill, facilitated by Fardosa Hassan and Ole Schenk
Igniting hope in un-hopeful times

2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Student Lounge, Christensen Center
720 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Rahuldeep GillAbout the speaker

Rahuldeep Gill, Ph.D., is a sought-after Speaker, Author, and Igniter for social change, whose life goal is to develop effective and heartful leaders with broad perspectives to drive innovations. Through his lectures and workshops he works to build pluralism and cross-cultural relations to inspire connected communities on campus, in the workplace, and in the marketplace.

He recently published his first book, Drinking from Love’s Cup, with Oxford University Press, and he is currently writing two more books about leadership and pluralism. He is a tenured professor and Campus Interfaith Strategist at California Lutheran University, and is the visiting professor of Sikh Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has twice been voted Cal Lutheran’s Diversity Professor of the Year and lives in Los Angeles with his family.

About the Christensen Symposium:

Each year, the Christensen Symposium provides the opportunity to explore and apply the lessons rooted in former Augsburg President Bernard M. Christensen’s legacy, which include:

  • Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
  • Diversity strengthens vital communities.
  • Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
  • The love of Christ draws us to God.
  • We are called to service in the world.

Learn more on the Augsburg convocation series site.

Note: These sessions will be audio recorded. If you would like to be alerted as soon as the audio is available, please email ccv@augsburg.edu

2018-19 Christensen Interfaith Fellows

We are pleased to announce the Christensen and Batalden Interfaith Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year:

Christensen Interfaith Fellows – Wendy Goldberg, Busshō Lahn and Chris Stedman ’08

Batalden Interfaith Fellow – Ger Vang

The Christensen and Batalden Interfaith Fellows are charged with deepening and extending Augsburg’s calling to inter-religious engagement, preparing students to live and serve in contexts of religious pluralism. Their work will be coordinated by the Christensen Center for Vocation and Batalden Professor in Applied Ethics. It includes participating in classroom and campus discussions and events; working with students named as Interfaith, Christensen, and Sabo scholars; and engaging with Augsburg’s Interfaith Coordinating Committee and various religious groups on campus.
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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.