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

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

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

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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