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.

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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, Dubuque, 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

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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

Recap of 2016 Christensen Symposium

On Tuesday, September 20, Jim Wallis, a bestselling author, public theologian, and social activist, led this year’s Christensen Symposium. Wallis discussed topics from his recent book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.

Members of the Carnival de Resistance provided opening music for the convocation. They are a traveling arts carnival and ceremonial theater company, a village demonstration project exploring ecological practices, and an education and social outreach project; all focusing on ecological justice and radical theology.

Following Wallis’ address, students Grace Corbin, Winnie Godi, and Nick Stewart-Bloch responded with their own reflections.

Later that day, discussion continued with a community panel, “The Bridge Toward More Just Communities: What Needs to Happen”. The event was moderated by former ELCA Bishop Mark Hanson, and included: Pastor Kelly Chatman, Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Minneapolis; Nora Barr: Augsburg Alumna; Devin Wiggs: Augsburg Student; Fardosa Hassan: Muslim Student Advisor to Campus Ministry, and a response from Jim Wallis.

Many thanks to all of the student respondents, panelists, and Augsburg community for engaging in these important conversations!

2016 Seminary and Divinity School Day

October 27, 2016 at Augsburg College

Stewarding God’s Call

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Discover unique offerings of various seminary and divinity schools at table time.

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

Students of all denominations welcome!

No cost to attend.

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

Schedule for October 27, 2016

9:30 AM                   Registration

10:00-11:00 AM      Opening Session – Welcome, Introductions, Bible Study

11:00 – 11:25 AM    Table Talk Time

11:30-11:50AM        Daily Chapel Service

12:00-1:15PM          Lunch & Keynote Address by Adam Copeland

1:15-1:55PM            Table Talk Time

2:00-2:45PM            Exploring Questions/Discerning Together Time

2:45 – 3:00PM         Sending Session and Blessing


Seminary and Divinity Day is a collaboration between the Christensen Center for Vocation 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.


Themes and Posters from PREVIOUS YEARS

2015 – Speak, Lord, Your Servant is Listening

2014 – “Where Next? Vocation as Path”

2013 – “For Such a Time as This

2012 – “Wade in the Water

Past participants engaging in discernment conversations.
Past participants engaging in discernment conversations.

 

Jim Wallis visit on September 20, 2016

This year’s Bernhard Christensen Symposium on September 20 features three opportunities to engage with Jim Wallis, a bestselling author, public theologian, and social activist.

Wallis-MugWallis is president and founder of Sojourners, a nonprofit, faith-based organization whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” He has written for major newspapers and authors regular columns for Huffington Post and TIME.com. Wallis teaches at Georgetown University and has taught at Harvard University. He served on President Obama’s first White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


Christensen Symposium Convocation Address: The Bridge to a New America with Jim Wallis (poster PDF)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
Listen to the 2016 Convocation Address Belowhttp://web.augsburg.edu/acfl/Jim%20Wallis9-20-2016.mp3

 


Community Panel- The Bridge Toward More Just Communities: What Needs to Happen
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center.
The panel will be moderated by former ELCA Bishop Mark Hanson, and will include:
Pastor Kelly Chatman, Redeemer Lutheran Church, North Minneapolis
Nora Barr: Augsburg Alumna
Devin Wiggs: Augsburg Student
Fardosa Hassan: Muslim Student Advisor to Campus Ministry
Plus, a response from Jim Wallis.

 


Kick-off address for North Minneapolis Forum on Faith and Race
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1800 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN  55405
Note: The evening address is preceded by live entertainment from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

 

Muslim Identities in Minnesota

PMuslim Voices MNresentations by Cawo Abdi and Nahid Khan (University of Minnesota)

Moderated by Fardosa Hassan (Augsburg College)

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 7:00 PM

Admission: free and open to the public

Location: Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, Augsburg College

In the 21st century there is a plethora of clichés, stereotypes, and over-generalizations about Muslims in Minnesota, where there are also a variety of different ways of being Muslim. In this panel, Professor Abdi and Ph.D. candidate Khan will explore the diversity of Muslims in Minnesota today and the many contexts shaping their lives and identities. Professor Abdi will draw on her recently published book on the Somali diaspora, Elusive Jannah, and Khan will present data from her research on the portrayal of Islam and Muslims in Twin Cities media over the last several decades.  This is the second in a series on Muslim Identities co-sponsored with the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas.  The first, “Muslim Identities in North America,” features Professors Meena Sharify-Funk (Wilfred Laurier University) and Nahid Khan, speaking at 7pm, Monday, September 26, in Woulfe Alumni Hall, University of St. Thomas.

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Cawo Abdi

Cawo Abdi is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota and a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Professor Abdi’s research areas are migration, family and gender relations, development, Africa and the Middle East. She has published on these topics in various journals and is the author of a book, “Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity,” University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

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Nahid Khan

Nahid Khan is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a religious studies graduate minor at the University of Minnesota. Khan also serves as special consultant to the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas. Active in community interfaith dialogue since the 1980s, with a particular focus on Muslim-Jewish dialogue, she was a Muslim delegate at the North American Interfaith Colloquium held at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in 1999 and 2000 and she served for eight years on the board of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, an interfaith advocacy group addressing social justice issues in Minnesota.  She is also a trained guide for the Collection in Focus program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and a board member of Mizna, an Arab-American cultural and arts organization based in the Twin Cities.

Sponsored by the Bernhard Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg College in collaboration with the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas, as well as the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center and the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas.

 

Fall New Faculty Series

New Faculty Dinner with the Provost

Tuesday, September 13, 5:30-7pm*
*RSVP required.

General Ed 3.0 with Jacqueline deVries

Wednesday, October 5, Lindell 301, 4-5pm

What Makes Augsburg Unique with Philip Quanbeck II

Wednesday, November 2, Riverside Room, 11:30am-12:30pm**
**You are welcome to bring your own lunch for this brown bag session.

Learn about more faculty development opportunities through the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Website.

Fall Book Group – America’s Original Sin

CCV Fall Book Group – America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America

UPDATE: The book group is now full, and there are no more free books available.

In connection to the September 20 Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a book group discussion of America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis. The group will be co-led by Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation, and David Hamilton, Director of Operations and Global Inclusion, CGEE.

The Book Group will meet for brown bag lunch discussion in the Riverside Room from 11:30am-12:30pm on Sept. 7 and Sept. 28.

To receive a free copy of the book, please be sure the dates work for your schedule. Sign up by emailing ccv@augsburg.edu. Once registered, you may pick up the book in Oren Gateway 106.

Vocation Lunch Archive, 2013-2016

CHRISTENSEN VOCATION LUNCH

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.

SPRING 2016 – DARCEY ENGEN

Darcey Engen, Associate Professor and Chair of Theater Arts, reflected on her vocational journey on April 1, 2016.

Video of the presentation available upon request.

FALL 2015 – MARY LAUREL TRUE

A “True” Calling to this College and this Community

On November 18, 2015, Mary Laurel True, Director of Community Engagement and Service-Learning, shared about her “True” calling, which includes 25+ years serving Augsburg and the surrounding community. Audio of the presentation available upon request.

SPRING 2015 – JEFF SWENSON

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015Augsburg Athletic Director Jeff Swenson spoke on the winding road to his vocation.

FALL 2014 – DR. PHIL QUANBECK II

On Nov. 19, Dr. Phil Quanbeck II presented, ‘The Truth Will Make You Free’: Voice and Callings at Augsburg.

An audio recording of this presentation is available upon request.

WINTER 2014 – CAROL ENKE

Poster – Vocation Lunch with Carol Enke

A video of Enke’s presentation is available upon request.

FALL 2013 – DR. KAREN KAIVOLA

If you missed the fall luncheon with Provost Kaivola and would like to either view her powerpoint or a DVD recording of the presentation, please contact our office.

Poster – Vocation Lunch with Karen Kaivola