Curious about the experience of Auggies who have been involved in theological exploration of vocation? The summer 2014 Augsburg Now magazine features an article about previous Christensen and Interfaith Scholars, Faithful and Relevant.
On January 28, 2015, Martha E. Stortz’s chapel talk at Augsburg College connected current events of Charlie Hebdo and Ferguson with the naming that Jesus does in the Sermon on the Mount: Light. Salt.
Her timely reflection is available electronically – What’s In a Name?
Since 2006, Augsburg College’s Campus Ministry has committed to spring break service. These experiences have lead 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. This year, students will go to Mobile, Alabama and work on building projects with 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.
Registration for the event is open until February 6, and on a first-come, first-served basis (with $100 deposit required). The trip will take place March 14-21, 2015; and the cost is $250—includes transportation, lodging, equipment, and most meals.
To register visit: http://www.augsburg.edu/campusministry/spring-break-2015/ to download the registration form. The form should be turned into Campus Ministry in Foss 104.
Sponsored By: Campus Ministry and Christensen Center for Vocation
Led by Professor Matt Maruggi and Pastor Sonja Hagander, Interfaith Scholars meet on Thursday nights throughout the year, earn upper level religion credit, and receive a $2000 tuition scholarship.
Students from a variety of traditions as well as the non-religious are invited to apply in order to converse respectfully with others about what they believe, why it matters, and how it propels us to service in the world. See an overview with further details about the program. Please take a look and consider applying by February 5.
The 2015-2016 Christensen Scholars Seminar explores the Big Questions, the ones that keep you awake at night, that urge you to march, that press you into conversation with strangers, that prompt you to notice injustice.
As a college in the Christian tradition, Augsburg takes religion seriously. We regard it as a subject of critical inquiry, even as we respect its practice as a faith. As a college in the Lutheran tradition, Augsburg uses vocation as a way of engaging Big Questions. Vocation is a full-bore, full-body experience.
Led by Professor Martha E. Stortz, the scholars will use a four-fold strategy to address those questions:
theological reflection, the head-trip part of the seminar, involving reading, writing, and critical thinking about vocation;
spiritual engagement, the heart of our work, a reflective component;
social action, hands-on work in the community;
everyday experience, as we learn our immediate context.
The Christensen Scholars earn upper level religion credit, receive a $2000 tuition scholarship, and meet every Thursday evening throughout the academic year beginning at 6pm, alternating class discussion with work in the shelter. We’ll touch base with the Interfaith Scholars at several points during the year.
An overview with further details about the program is available on our website. Please take a look and consider applying by February 5.
The application process is available on the Christensen Scholars website.
Martha E. Stortz (Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation) and Jack Fortin (CCV Senior Fellow) work with the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research on special vocation-related programs.
The Collegeville Institute has created a helpful video resource for personal and/or small group reflections. “Vocation is the story of our lives: how God calls and how we respond. Lives Explored is a video narrative project started in 2012 to capture stories of vocation from participants in the Called to Life and Called to Work programs.”
View the Lives Explored videos and enjoy these everyday examples of vocation in people’s life and work.
The 2014 Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) Journal has been published!
This year’s ACYTI was an intense week of friendship, classroom learning, worship, solitude, contemplation, discernment, and action on Augsburg’s urban campus for high school students from around the country interested in theology. Students participated in hands on learning with classroom discussion both at Augsburg and sites throughout the Twin Cities. At the end of their week-long journey they reflected on what they took away from the week and wrote an essay.
This year’s theme was OMC! Christian Community in the Internet Age and focused on the impact of technology on the Christian Community. Take some time and read what current high school students are learning from Augsburg’s intellectual and diverse community experience!
On October 28, Augsburg College hosted Seminary and Divinity School Day, an event for regional college students to connect, reflect, and explore theological graduate study options with representatives from 18 top-notch seminaries and divinity schools.
Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation, gave the keynote address at the event.
Her message includes several Big Questions for reflection, and is available electronically – Vocation as Path: Following the Questions
Distinguished Fellow in the Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg College
Appointed as a Distinguished Fellow in Augsburg’s Christensen Center for Vocation, The Rev. Mark S. Hanson leads national and international initiatives to advance interfaith dialogue, inspire peacemaking, and support the College’s commitment to vocational discernment. In addition, he serves as a major gifts advisor for “Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.”
Prior to his current appointments, Hanson served as presiding bishop of the ELCA. He was elected to this position by the Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA in August 2001 and was reelected in 2007. In 2003, he was elected to serve, concurrently, as president of the Lutheran World Federation, a position he held until 2010.
Before being elected as ELCA presiding bishop, he served as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod (3H). He had been elected to serve a second term in Saint Paul earlier that same year. Prior to being elected synod bishop, he served as pastor of three Minnesota congregations: Prince of Glory Lutheran Church, Minneapolis; Edina (Minnesota) Community Lutheran Church; and University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis.
Born in Minneapolis on December 2, 1946, he graduated from Augsburg College with a B.A. in sociology. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and received a Master of Divinity degree there in 1972. He also attended Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in 1979.
In his work as president of the Lutheran World Federation and as presiding bishop of the ELCA, Hanson has traveled widely throughout the world, sharing a confident hope in God’s promises and a vision of the joyful freedom in Christian community and mission.
Hanson is widely known as a leader with an evangelical passion and imagination who embraces the Christian tradition, the Christian community, and the world with both generous goodwill and thoughtful insight. He has been an articulate advocate for the renewal of the church’s preaching and public voice, for the strengthening of ecumenical and inter-religious relationships, and for reconciliation and justice in society, with attention especially to those who live with poverty and discrimination.
Hanson has received several honorary degrees, including Doctor of Humane Letters from Augsburg College, Wittenberg University, and Grand View University, Doctor of Humanities from Capital University, Doctor of Divinity from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Susquehanna University, Wartburg College, and The Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration.
He is the author of Faithful Yet Changing, the Church in Challenging Times and Faithful and Courageous, Christians in Unsettling Times both from Augsburg Fortress, Publishers.
Married to Ione (Agrimson), they are the parents of Aaron, Alyssa, Rachel, Ezra, Isaac and Elizabeth, and grandparents to Naomi, Kingston, Sam, Danielle and Sophia. Before moving to Chicago, Ione was the director of social work at Minneapolis and St. Paul Children’s Hospitals.
The Center for Global Education and Experience, in partnership with the Bernhard Christensen Center for Vocation, is pleased to offer Education for Vocation: An International Professional Development Seminar. This seminar will take place in Cuernavaca, Mexico from July 11-July 19, 2015 and is designed for educators from a variety of backgrounds and institutions. Participants will explore diverse cultural and theological understandings of vocation and the impact of cross-cultural encounters upon vocation. The group will engage with a broad cross-section of Mexican society regarding the different way that their vocations have been shaped by their cultural, theological, and social locations. There will be ample opportunity to explore new ways to help your students and constituents reflect upon their vocations in today’s global context and share ideas with colleagues from other US-based institutions.