Christensen Interfaith Fellows, 2017-18

The following three individuals have been appointed as Augsburg’s inaugural Christensen Interfaith Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year: Abdisalam Adam, Wendy Goldberg, and Chris Stedman ’08.

The 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 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. Continue reading “Christensen Interfaith Fellows, 2017-18”

2017 Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference: Vocation For Life

THE 23RD ANNUAL VOCATION OF A LUTHERAN COLLEGE CONFERENCE

Eboo Patel addressed the 2016 conference participants
Eboo Patel addressed the 2016 conference participants

July 17 – 19, 2017

Augsburg College
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

The 2017 Theme is Vocation for Life, and the conference will explore:
a) vocational reflection as a lifelong process and journey for the individual;
b) the particular factors, and their implications for vocational reflection, in the development of persons during their undergraduate years; and,
c) the implications of “educating for vocation” beyond undergraduate education.

Each college or university is urged to send a campus delegation, composed ideally of vice presidents or directors for alumni affairs, vocation and career center directors, faculty and academic office personnel related to vocational discernment in the curriculum, continuing education or non-degree programs personnel, and graduate program leadership. The make-up of delegations, however, is the decision of each college or university. A mix of administrators and faculty is encouraged.

View the 2017 Conference Agenda Draft

REGISTRATION

Faculty and staff from other institutions, please contact Melinda Valverde melinda.valverde@elca.org to discuss registration.

Conference Registration for Augsburg Faculty and Staff

Registration deadline is June 6.

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

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT FOR ELCA COLLEGES

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

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

Christensen Vocation Lunch with Bill Green

SPRING 2017 – BILL GREEN

The Spring Vocation Lunch was held on March 30, 2017.

Bill Green headshotMore about our speaker:

Bill Green began working at Augsburg in 1991 as a Professor of History. Over the years, he has held several different teaching positions, including working as both an Adjunct Associate Professor of History at St. John’s University and as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Leadership, Policy, and Organization at Vanderbilt University. From 2006-2010, he served as the Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. Since 2013, he has been back at Augsburg serving as a Professor of History. He regularly teaches Minnesota History, American Legal History, History of Civil Rights, History of African American Religion, 19th Century U.S. History, and History of African American Education.

 

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.

Christensen Vocation Intern Overview

20160329_150324Christensen Vocation Interns intentionally explore how the concept We are called to Service in the World applies in a work setting. 

Each spring, Augsburg students serve at faith-based nonprofit organizations for 100 hours during the semester. They also participate in a bi-weekly seminar where they reflect on vocation readings, assessments, and work site experiences together.

The 2017 Christensen Vocation Interns served at:
– Restoration Center at Central Lutheran Church, Downtown Minneapolis
– Trinity Lutheran Church/Safe Place, South Minneapolis
– Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Minneapolis

The Christensen Interns are 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

2017 Alternative Spring Break to West Virginia

This Spring Break, join with other Auggies to travel to West Virginia!

Over spring break this year, several Augsburg students will travel to West Virginia to work on building projects with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. While working as a team, students will not only serve the community but think about how the experience connects to their own education and neighborhood. Auggies will explore vocational interests while their skills grow. You can be one of these students!

4 Augsburg students working together on a Habitat project

Registration for 2017 Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is open until February 3 on a first-come, first-served basis (with $100 deposit required).

The trip will take place March 11-18, 2017; and the cost is $250—includes transportation, lodging, equipment, and most meals.

To register visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/campusministry/spring-break-2017/ to download the registration form. The forms and $100 deposit should be turned into Campus Ministry in Foss 104.

“Like” us on facebook! And follow us on twitter @AuggieSpringBrk

Sponsored By: Campus Ministry and Christensen Center for Vocation

Since 2006, Augsburg College’s Campus Ministry has committed to spring break service. These experiences have led students into unfamiliar territory to serve in a different area, reflect on the impact of the experience (both of their work and of what they learned through the people they encounter), and continue to imagine their own lifelong commitment to service. Past trips include New Orleans, Louisiana; Biloxi, Mississippi, and Laredo, Texas, and Mobile, Alabama.

 

2016-17 Christensen Scholar Profiles

VISION BAGONZA ’17Vision Bagonza

Hometown: Karagwe, Kagera, Tanzania
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry and Religion

My proudest academic achievement is excelling in classes and then being able to provide academic support for new students by tutoring and mentoring incoming first-year students.


NOAH BROWN ’17Noah Brown

Hometown: Bloomington, Minn.
Major: Biology

My favorite thing about Augsburg is the community of students and professors who are active and engaged in their communities.


KAYLA GROVER ’18kayla-grover

Hometown: Blanding, Utah
Major: Sociology
Minor: Religion

Augsburg has shaped me by encouraging me to open my mind and pursue a wide variety of interests. After graduation, I plan to work with AmeriCorps for one year.


OWEN HARRISON ’18Owen Harrison

Hometown: New Hope, Minn.
Major: Psychology
Minor: Studio Art

My proudest academic achievement is making the Dean’s List every semester. I am also involved with the StepUP Leadership Team and the Mindfulness Club.


LEAH MCDOUGALL ’17Leah McDougall

Hometown: Arden Hills, Minn.
Major: Youth and Family Ministry
Minor: Spanish

Augsburg has made me more aware of the world I live in. My proudest academic achievement was studying abroad in Central America and after graduation I plan to work with youth at a camp, church, or other organization.


HANNAH SCHMIT ’17Hannah Schmit

Hometown: Tomahawk, Wisc.
Major: Religion and Sociology
Minor: Biology

Augsburg has helped me to become a critical thinker and engaged both in my community and on a global platform. My proudest academic achievement is publishing research on Sustainable Human Development in Nepal.


REBECCA SCHROEDER ’18Rebecca Schroeder

Hometown: Giddings, Texas
Major: Management; Social and Artistic Entrepreneurship

My favorite thing about Augsburg is how diverse and well-rounded the curriculum is. I’ve been able to tailor my college experience to what I feel I’ve been called to do after college and to my future career.


BLAIR STEWIG ’18Blair Stewig

Hometown: Oakdale, Minn.
Major: Biology and Chemistry
Minor: Environmental Studies, Physics, and Religion

I love Augsburg’s welcoming community and value Augsburg’s diversity. My proudest academic achievement is completing the River Semester and learning about the connectivity of the river.


HANNAH THIRY ’17Hannah Thiry

Hometown: Stanchfield, Minn.
Major: Biology
Minor: Religion and Psychology

Through various experiences, debates, discussions, and philosophical thought, I’ve come to find a home in the ‘grayness’ of life—there’s no distinct ‘black and white’ side to anything. People, opinions, feelings, and passions are fluid, flexible, and unique.

Apply to be a 2017 Christensen Vocation Intern

EXPLORE VOCATION WHILE SERVING AT A FAITH-BASED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

Current Augsburg College Sophomores and Juniors:

  • Are you curious about the idea of being called to serve your neighbors in a work-setting?
  • Wondering about how your talents, skills, 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 2017?

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

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, reflect, and share about vocational discernment.
  • Duration: 10-12 weeks, 8-10 hours/week; PAID internship for 100 hours during Spring 2017 semester.
  • Completed Christensen internships can be eligible for the Augsburg Experience.

There are four potential placement sites for these internships. View the site-specific internship positions on the Strommen Center’s AUGPOST website (Search for “Christensen Vocation Intern”) or contact ccv@augsburg.edu to receive a packet of the job positions.

Apply Now to be a Christensen Vocation Intern

Deadline: November 28

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

2016 Heritage Day

As Augsburg approaches its 150th Anniversary (in 2019), we continue to explore how our Lutheran heritage informs our callings.

November 3, 2016 –REFORMATION REMIX 

Augsburg College celebrated Heritage Day 2016 by creative engagement with contemporary issues of race and faith. The Reformation continues and the Augsburg community joined creative artists Agape* and Joe Davis in deepening our conversation on race and faith.

r2-photo
A creative dialogue to explore issues of race and faith featuring the music, storytelling, and poetry of Joe Davis and Agape*.

Schedule for 2016 Heritage Day

11:30am-11:50am  Chapel

12:15am-1:15pm Lunch discussion

Artist Bios

AGAPE* (Dave Scherer) has inspired hundreds of thousands of people from Brooklyn to Bosnia with his relational ministry “Hip Hop Outreach.”  Combining rapping, dancing, storytelling and his fluency in Spanish, AGAPE* connects with his listeners in a way that they really “get it”. He has recorded 10 albums and recently published a book entitled “Agap-ology”. His ministry was also featured in a ABC documentary about people tackling food insecurity in America. These days you can find him at Luther Seminary where he works part-time as the Christian Public Leader coordinator. He is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.

Joe Davis is a multi-media spoken word poet, teaching artist, and community organizer based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Engaging wildly diverse audiences— from hundreds of interfaith and intergenerational marchers at the Selma to MN 50th Anniversary March to over 35,000 youth at the Ford Field Stadium in Detroit, Michigan—Joe Davis has a gift for bringing people together around honest poems, stories, and songs. One of six recipients of the 2015 Intermedia Verve Spoken Word Artist Grant, he founded a music collective, The Poetic Diaspora, while developing a classroom curriculum and producing a documentary film exploring the history of the Minneapolis-St.Paul spoken word scene. As a student and educator, he has served as teaching artist at dozens of high schools and universities and is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary, pursuing a masters in Theology of the Arts.

ABOUT OUR ANNUAL HERITAGE DAY

Augsburg was founded in 1869 by Norwegian Lutheran immigrants seeking to educate leaders for church and society.  Augsburg’s Lutheran heritage — its “faith and values” — continues to shape its mission in the midst of a religiously diverse campus and neighborhood. Since 2005, Augsburg College has celebrated its founding by inviting notable guests to speak on subjects related to Augsburg’s roots in the 16th Century Reformation of the Christian Church.  Heritage Day themes are aligned with the themes of the Luther Decade initiative. The Augsburg College Heritage Day (also known as “Founders Day”) is a joint venture of the Augsburg College Christensen Center for Vocation, the Augsburg College Religion Department, and the Augsburg College Office of the President.

18 Seminary and Divinity Schools Coming to Augsburg!

ON OCTOBER 27, EXPLORE THEOLOGICAL GRADUATE STUDY OPTIONS AND QUESTIONS WITH OTHERS.

Representatives from the following seminary and divinity schools will be on campus from 9:30am-3:30pm:

Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
University of Chicago, Divinity School, Chicago, IL
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubque, IA
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL
Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Chicago,
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS), Berkeley, CA
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH
Truett Seminary at Baylor University, Waco, TX
Union Theological Seminary, New York City, NY
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, MN
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN
Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, NC
Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA

Register to attend (includes free lunch).
Or, t
o view a schedule and learn more information, visit the Seminary and Divinity School Page.

Christensen Vocation Lunch with Leif Anderson

leif_anderson_headshot_2016_screen_resolution
Leif Anderson, vice president and chief strategy officer.

FALL 2016 – LEIF ANDERSON

EQUIPPING THE SAINTS (ENTERPRISE EDITION)

The Vocation Lunch with Leif Anderson took place on November 16, 2016.  

As vice president and chief strategy officer, Leif Anderson leads institutional planning and effectiveness at Augsburg, working to realize the college’s vision through implementation of the Augsburg2019 strategic plan. Leif’s role includes special support for the president and the staffing of key committees including the University Council, the President’s Leadership Team, and the Regents Committee of the Board.

 

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