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.

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

Meet Our ACYTI Ambassadors – Hannah

Meet Hannah- One of our 2016-17 Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) Year-Round Ambassadors

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My name is Hannah Schmit, and I am a senior at Augsburg College. I am double majoring in Sociology and Religion with a minor in Biology.  I am originally from a small town in northern Wisconsin, so I like to take full advantage of all the things that life in the cities has to offer!  In my free-time I enjoy making music, hiking, exploring, reading, and crafting.  I am excited to be working with ACYTI because I believe in the program, and I cannot wait to share it with others!

 

More about the ACYTI Ambassadors

Peace and Hannah are working to share their experience and help connect youth and congregations with ACYTI. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Theology Institute, or having our Ambassadors visit your congregation to share their experience, please contact us at acyti@augsburg.edu

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.

Meet Our ACYTI Ambassadors – Peace

Meet Peace, one of our 2016-17 Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) year-round Ambassadors.
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Hello! My name is Peace Peter. I’m currently a second year here at Augsburg College. I’m a double major in communications and journalism.  I am a member of the Pan-African Student Union and I work in the IT-department.  I was born in Liberia and I lived in three different countries in Africa before I moved to the U.S.  In my free time I love to watch 90’s sitcom especially Full House and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  I’ve never eaten popcorn and my favorite American Food is Caesar salad. I am excited to work with the Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute because I am called to spread the word of God.

More about the ACYTI Ambassadors

Peace and Hannah are working to share their experience and help connect youth and congregations with ACYTI. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Theology Institute, or having our Ambassadors visit your congregation to share their experience, please contact us at actyi@augsburg.edu

 

Recap of 2016 Christensen Symposium

Listen to the Christensen Symposium Address by Jim Wallis


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!

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.


  1. Christensen Symposium Convocation Address: The Bridge to a New America with Jim Wallis
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

  2. 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.


  3. 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.

Advance Screening – Morgan Freeman’s Story of God

Please join us Wednesday, March 30 from 7pm-8:30pm.

In addition to viewing one episode of the upcoming National Geographic series, there will be a panel discussion featuring Augsburg leaders of different faith traditions: Dr. Phil Quanbeck II, Dr. Maheen Zaman, and Julian Kritz (current Interfaith Scholar). The panel will be moderated by Rev. Mark Hanson, the new executive director of the Christensen Center for Vocation.

Event Schedule:
6:30 P.M. Doors Open
7:00 P.M. Screening Starts
8:00 P.M. Interfaith Panel Discussion with Dr. Phil Quanbeck II, Dr. Maheen Zaman, and Julian Kritz
8:30 P.M. Event Concludes with Light Refreshments in the Foss Atrium

The event is free and open to the public. As space is limited, please register online ahead of time to ensure a spot. Seating is first come, first-served.

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