Meet Destyn- 2018 AYTI Mentor

Destyn LandHi! I’m Destyn Land, and I’m from Saint Paul (Rondo/Frogtown Neighborhood). I’m currently a Junior here at Augsburg and I’m majoring in Communication Arts and Literature (Secondary Education Teaching Licensure). Augsburg is a place where everyone feels connected. It’s the kind of school where you will see your Dean of Students casually walking around campus, and sometimes even the President of the institution. Due to being at a smaller school, you get to build so many meaningful relationships with a diverse group of people. After graduating from Augsburg (2019), I hope to be a junior high or high school English teacher. After teaching for awhile I would like to go back to school and work with programs that are dear to my heart like Genesys Works, TRiO, Act Six, and College Possible.  I’m so excited to learn, to be challenged, and to grow with you all as we explore our faith this summer!




Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference participants in 2016.

July 16-18, 2018

Augsburg University
Minneapolis, MN

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

As the 2018 theme is Civil Discourse in a Fragmented and Multi-Religious Society, the conference will explore:
a) civility in politically fragmented society;
b) case studies on difficult conversations
c) challenges on campus; and
d) civil discourse in multi-religious society.

The conference is open to all from ELCA colleges and universities, but persons should attend who have a particular interest or campus responsibility in the vocation of Lutheran higher education to help students and others speak across difference and address political, cultural and intra- and inter-religious understanding. Each college or university is urged to send a campus delegation, composed of a mix of administrators and faculty.

View the 2018 Conference Agenda Draft


ELCA colleges and universities are invited to send delegations of up to five persons at a subsidized rate of $150 per person. More information about registration was sent to school representatives through the ELCA. Contact Melinda Valverde at for more information if your college or university has questions.

 2018 Conference Registration for Augsburg Faculty and Staff

Questions may be also be directed to 612-330-1403 or

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

Spring Vocation Lunch with robert tom

Augsburg Faculty and Staff, you are invited to attend the spring vocation lunch with robert tom, Art Chair and Associate Professor – Ceramics and Sculpture:robert tom and family

Register for Vocation Lunch with robert tom

Thursday, March 29, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
East Commons, Christensen Center

More about our speaker:

robert k. tom has been teaching three-dimensional studio art and design at Augsburg University since 2002. His interdisciplinary creative process and teaching methodology have been influenced by his Hawaiian/Chinese heritage combined with a fusion of Eastern, Western, and Pacific Island thought and aesthetics. He creates interactive works that asks the viewer to contemplate disparate perspectives and acceptance of divergent possibilities. robert pursues a multi-media approach in seeking solutions to his questions.

A Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Collaborative grant and a Forecast Public Arts grant pairs the Augsburg University community with students from Cedar-Riverside Elementary School. This project promotes a deeper level of understanding and commitment to sustaining a more cohesive community.  One of the CR/AU collaborations is a bas-relief ceramic mural set to be installed in the new HCSBR.

Prior to working at Augsburg University, Robert taught at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and from 1995-98 was visiting faculty at Minnesota State University campus in Akita, Japan. He then followed his heart to Brisbane, Australia, to pursue studio work, and back to Minnesota in 2000 where he has since taken root.

Lutheran Service Year Program Tabling and Chapel Talk Nov. 7

Have you been wondering about what it would be like to dedicate a year to serving others, living in intentional community, and discovering where and how you are being called to use your gifts?

  • If so, Lutheran Service Year Programs want to connect with you!

Representatives from these four programs will be on campus Tuesday, November 7:

Young Adults in Global Mission (Information)

Lutheran Volunteer Corps (Information)

Urban Servant Corps (Information)

Border Servant Corps (Information) 

Please stop by the table in Christensen Center from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM to learn about opportunities for you to serve through LIFE in Service programs.

Daily Chapel on November 7 will be led by Lutheran Volunteer Corps at 11:30am in Foss Center.

More information about LIFE in Service:

Each year, more than 200 LIFE (Lutheran Immersion & Formation Experiences) in Service volunteers serve within the United States and around the world!  LIFE in Service programs include: Border Servant Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Urban Servant Corps, and Young Adults in Global Mission.

Leaders from each LIFE in Service Organizations work together to provide opportunities for people in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to live, learn, and serve in their setting. Based in accompaniment, international community, simplicity, spirituality, and sustainability, each program is committed to being ecumenical, interfaith, LGBTQ-affirming, and social and racial justice-centered.


2017-18 Vocation Internship Opportunity


Current Augsburg Students:

  • Are you curious about how you are called to serve your neighbors in a work setting?
  • Wondering about how your talents, skills, preferences, 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 2018?

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

APPLY NOW TO BE A CHRISTENSEN VOCATION INTERNShipThe priority deadline for 2018 Christensen Vocation Interns has passed.

  • After this time, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, though specific sites may already be filled.

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, take assessments, reflect, and share about vocational discernment.
  • Duration: 8-10 hours/week, PAID internship for 100 hours during Spring 2018 semester. Potential orientation hours in December 2017.
  • Completed Christensen vocation internships can be eligible for the Augsburg Experience.

There are four potential placement sites for these internships.

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


Meet Ian, one of our 2017-2018 Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) year-round Ambassadors.

Ian Heseltine


Hello! My name is Ian Heseltine. I’m a first year at Augsburg University and am majoring in Music Business with a minor in Film. I  have always enjoyed being on stage, singing, acting, and being involved in Color Guard. I can’t wait to have all of our 2018 AYTI students here at Augsburg to learn more about God, reflect on God, and serve the community through God. 

More about the AYTI Ambassadors

Ian and Fidelina are working to share their experience and help connect youth and congregations with AYTI. 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

Christensen Vocation Lunch with “Tina” Maria Tavera

Augsburg Faculty and Staff, you are invited to attend the fall vocation lunch with “Tina” Maria Tavera, TRIO-McNair Scholars Director.

Wednesday, November 15
11:15 am – 12:20 pm

Registration has closed for this event.

More about our speaker:“TINA” MARIA TAVERA

Maria Cristina (“Tina”) Tavera has been the director of Augsburg’s TRIO-McNair Scholars program since March 2008.  Funded by the Department of Education, the McNair Scholars program helps income-eligible, first generation, and underrepresented students prepare for and matriculate to graduate school. Prior to her director role, Tavera was an Academic Advisor for Augsburg’s TRIO-Student Support Services program for four years, and has been working for and devoted to TRIO students for over 20 years. Tavera is an artist, independent curator, and activist who has exhibited at Augsburg; she is also one of the artists selected to create a public art piece for the Hagfors Center for Science, Business and Religion.  She sees parallels between her artistic efforts to decrease cultural alienation and expand society’s artistic vision and her passion for equal access to education. Her vocation is greatly influenced by her transnational upbringing between Minnesota and Mexico, as her scholarly research specialization is in Latino and Latin American art.

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.

2017 Seminary and Divinity School Day

October 26, 2017 at Gustavus Adolphus College

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

Students of all denominations welcome! Representatives from up to 22 seminary and divinity schools will be present. 

REGISTER by October 20Table talk conversations at Seminary and Divinity School Day

This event is free, and lunch and transportation to Gustavus Adolphus College will be provided to those who register. We will leave Augsburg at 8:00 am and return around 4:00 pm.

Theme: “I am your Servant, Give me Discernment”  -Psalm 119:125

Discernment is a journey that begins with a still small whisper or sense of God’s call upon one’s life. As children of God we cannot ignore it when we feel our creator tugging at our heart, but that does not mean we have to walk alone on this path. It is God’s goods pleasure that we should have discernment and enjoy the company of fellow seekers as we journey forward together.

Schedule for October 26, 2017

8:00 AM                  Depart Augsburg University for Gustavus Adolphus

9:30 AM                  Registration

10:00-10:20 AM      Daily Chapel

10:30 – 11:30 AM   Welcome, Introductions, Vocational Reflection Conversation

11:30-1:55 PM        Table Talk Time, with Lunch Buffet Open from 12:30-1:30PM

2:15 – 2:30 PM       Sending Session and Blessing, depart for Augsburg

Arrive at Augsburg University by 4:00 PM

See the list of 18 Seminary and Divinity Schools that represented at Augsburg in 2016.

Seminary and Divinity Day is a collaboration between the Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg University and Gustavus Adolphus College.

If you have questions, contact Emily Glaser at or Lonna Field at or 612-330-1467.

Heritage Day with Mary Lowe

Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, 625 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454

As part of the Reformation series, Mary Lowe, associate professor of Religion at Augsburg University, will give an evening lecture followed by discussion and a reception.

Martin Luther wrote, “There are three elements in a human, the body, the soul, and the spirit.” Many of today’s complex issues involve our bodies and the body of creation: climate change, gender and sexuality, abuse, and deforestation, etc. In Augsburg’s 2017 Heritage Lecture, Prof. Lowe will introduce Luther’s perspectives on bodies and creation and examine how—even today—his theology can help us better understand and address these embodied challenges.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please email if:
– you would like a printable parking permit for the evening.
– you would like to be notified when an audio recording of the presentation is available.

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton to speak at 2017 Christensen Symposium

Bishop Elizabeth A Eaton2017 Christensen Symposium: Address by Bishop Eaton and #decolonizeLutheranism community panel

Thursday, September 21
Augsburg University

Morning Event
Christensen Symposium Address by Bishop Eaton
Interfaith Friendships: How Difference Can Bring Us Together

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, 625 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will speak at Augsburg University’s annual Christensen Symposium Thursday, September 21. Bishop Eaton’s address, “Interfaith Friendships: How Difference Can Bring Us Together,” will explore Lutheran identity and the ongoing Reformation in the 21st century.

To mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Augsburg is hosting a series of events this fall. As the first event in this series, Bishop Eaton’s address will touch on how “interfaith friendships enrich learning.” This theme is one of five lessons tightly connected with the work of former Augsburg President Bernard M. Christensen. Each year, the Christensen Symposium provides the opportunity to explore and apply the lessons rooted in Christensen’s legacy, which include:

  • Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
  • Diversity strengthens vital communities.
  • Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
  • The love of Christ draws us to God.
  • We are called to service in the world.

About the speaker

Elected as the ELCA’s fourth presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Music Education from the College of Wooster. Eaton also represents the ELCA in a wide range of ecumenical and interfaith settings. She serves on the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA Governing Board and Development Committee, Religions for Peace USA Council of Presidents, and Lutheran World Federation Council. At gatherings, Bishop Eaton often shares her four emphases for the ELCA: We are church; We are Lutheran; We are church together; We are church for the sake of the world. These four emphases are fundamental to identifying who the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is.

Afternoon Event
#DecolonizeLutheranism Community Panel with Bishop Eaton
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hoversten Chapel, 625 22nd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55454


  • Jessica Davis, Christian Educator and #decolonizeLutheranism Chaplain
  • Rev. Lura Groen, Pastor and #decolonizeLutheranism Chaplain
  • Francisco Herrera, Ph. D candidate at LSTC and Convener of #decolonizeLutheranism
  • Rev. Angela Shannon, Dean of Student Life at Luther Seminary
  • Kelly Sherman-Conroy, Native American Theologian, Educator, Speaker, and Mentor

Through a panel presentation and conversation, Bishop Eaton will join representatives of #DecolonizeLutheranism in exploring Christensen’s second lesson, “Diversity strengthens vital communities.” The #DecolonizeLutheranism grassroots movement challenges long-held patterns of white power and privilege in the ELCA and exclusivity associated with stereotypes regarding what it means to be Lutheran. This reforming movement has 11 specific goals for the ELCA.

The topic for Bishop Eaton’s address and the focus of the panel conversation speak to the rich and increasing diversity of the Augsburg community; the priorities reflected in Augsburg’s mission, vision, and values; the urban and global contexts that shape Augsburg’s vocation; and Augsburg’s deep grounding in, and vibrant relationship with, the Lutheran Church. Join us for this day of challenging conversations as together we envision what it means to be neighbor in a richly diverse world.

Please Note:

  • We regret this event was scheduled on Rosh Hashanah. Prayers for God’s blessings on Jews throughout the world during their high holy days. 
  • These sessions will be audio recorded. If you would like to be alerted as soon as the audio is available, please email