AYTI Mentor Reflection – Destyn Land

The Day I Learned to Walk the Two-Way Street

by Destyn Land, 2018 Augsburg Youth Theology Institute Mentor

As a small group leader, I always saw it as my obligation to set the tone with transparency for all of our discussions and time together. Before I entered the small group space, I attempted to make a mental script and plan every single thing that would happen from the beginning until the end. To make a long story short, my script absolutely never worked (and I mean never). But even in those moments I thought to myself that maybe this was God’s way of showing me that flexibility is truly a virtue.

Destyn Land with small group of students
Destyn and small group at the 2018 AYTI closing brunch.

After our very first small group meeting I left feeling content with how things went, however, in the back of my mind I still desired our group to become more open with each other. To debrief and process my thoughts I began to journal about what I wanted to do differently and things that I thought went well. After writing for just a few minutes, I came to this conclusion: It is completely arbitrary and irrational to expect my small group to open up to me, if I could not open up to them. During the the time of the theology institute I was facing some challenges in my life that were worth sharing, but the tempting desire within me to be perfect made me silence myself. Continue reading “AYTI Mentor Reflection – Destyn Land”

2019 Vocation Intern Opportunity

Explore Vocation while Working at a faith-Based, Community-oriented nonprofit Organization

Fidelina (Past Intern) with Jane (Supervisor at Trinity)

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?
  • Looking for a paid work/internship experience for spring semester 2019?

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

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE CHRISTENSEN VOCATION INTERNSHIP PROGRAM INCLUDE:

  • Paid Internship at a faith-based nonprofit based in a dynamic neighborhood of MinneapolisJennifer (Past Intern) with supervisor Pastor Kelly
  • Gain relevant work experience and mentoring
  • Reflect on experiences and assessments with a cohort of your peers
  • Duration: 8-10 hours/week, PAID internship for up to 100 hours during Spring 2019 semester.
  • Current students from all majors and faith backgrounds are welcome to apply
  • Note: Each site’s job description can be somewhat customized to the intern’s education and goals.

View a summary of the four different sites for these internships.
APPLY TO BE A CHRISTENSEN VOCATION INTERN THROUGH HANDSHAKE
Handshake is Augsburg’s student employment platform. Each of the four internship sites are listed by “Christensen Vocation Intern” plus the site name.
Questions about the application platform? Ask the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, careers@augsburg.edu
Questions about the application process or positions? Ask the Christensen Center for Vocation, ccv@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1403

NOTE: Priority application deadline is December 7. Then applications will be accepted on rolling basis as the positions are still available.

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 each internship site’s needs.

Meet Sophie-Christensen Center Student Assistant

Hello! My name is Sophie Warnberg, and I’m a junior at Augsburg working toward a major in Theology and Public Leadership, with a Concentration in Youth Studies and a minor in Theater. I work in the Christensen Center for Vocation, and I am the co-president of Augsburg University Campus Ministries. I love to sing in the Worship Band on Wednesday Nights. I took a leap of faith last spring and traveled 1,200 miles west of my home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. I found a second home on a lake in Montana, with mountains in the distance. Spending the summer at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp was one of the best decisions of my life!

Sophie Warnberg

Fall Vocation Lunch with Pastor Sonja Hagander

Augsburg Faculty and Staff, you are invited to attend the fall vocation lunch with Sonja Hagander, University Pastor and Director of Ministries.

Friday, November 9
11:15 am – 12:25 pm

Note: Spaces for the lunch are full. If you would like to listen to the talk without the meal, there will be chairs in the back of the East Commons for you to sit. Note Sonja’s presentation will begin about 11:40 am.

Sonja Hagander

PASTOR SONJA HAGANDER brings a deep passion for helping young adults explore Christian vocation and creating lives of faith and service. She has also led several interfaith initiatives at Augsburg, the ELCA’s most diverse college. In that context, she plans and leads worship each week in a challenging but very energizing urban multi-faith community. She has served as Pastor-Theologian at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton University, and as Chaplain and emcee to the ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza Conference which hosts more than 1,000 pastors and youth leaders. She has been a contributor to “Word and World” and the ELCA e-zine for women, “BoldCafe.org.”  She lives in the Twin Cities with her family. They love all things water: paddleboarding, skiing, canoeing, swimming, sailing, and kayaking. She most recently co-authored a book entitled, “Faith in Action: A Handbook for Activists, Advocates and Allies”, for Fortress Press.

EDUCATION
B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
M.Sc. University of Edinburgh
M.Div. Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

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.

2018 Seminary and Divinity School Day

November 15, 2018 at St. Olaf 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. 

This event is free, and lunch and transportation to St. Olaf College will be provided to those who register. We will leave Augsburg by 8:30 AM and return to campus around 2:30 PM.

Register for Seminary and Divinity School Day by November 7
group of Augsburg students at 2017 Seminary and Divinity School Day
The group of Augsburg students at 2017 Seminary and Divinity School Day

Schedule for November 15, 2018

8:30 AM – Depart Augsburg for St. Olaf

9:30 AM – Check-in/Registration at St. Olaf

9:45 AM – Opening Session

11:00 AM – Daily Chapel

11:30 AM – Lunch, Small Group Conversation, and Seminary and Divinity School Fair

1:30 PM – Depart St. Olaf for Augsburg

2:30 PM – Arrive at Augsburg

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

If you have questions, contact Sophie Warnberg at ccv@augsburg.edu or Lonna Field at fieldl@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1467.

 

 

 

Heritage Day with Phil Adamo

Phil Adamo giving a presentation

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hagfors Center 150, 700 21st Ave S, Minneapolis

THE MANY FOUNDINGS OF AUGSBURG UNIVERSITY

What do words like “founding” mean at a place like Augsburg? If, as a Lutheran institution, we believe in the concept of “semper reformanda” (always reforming), then shouldn’t we say that Augsburg has had multiple “foundings”—not only physically, but intellectually and theologically?

Augsburg history professor Phil Adamo will explore these questions in the 2018 Heritage Talk, offering examples from his new book, Hold Fast to What is Good: A History of Augsburg University in 10 Objects, written for the upcoming celebration of Augsburg’s 150th anniversary. A reception will follow the presentation.

More about our speaker:

Phillip C. Adamo has an international reputation as a scholar and teacher. He has presented his research at major conferences throughout the United States and Europe. In 2014, The Medieval Academy of America, the oldest and largest association of medievalists in the world, presented Phil with the CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2015, the Carnegie Institute for the Advancement of Teaching named him Minnesota Professor of the Year. Phil is currently working on a history of Augsburg for its 150th anniversary.

More about the event:

This event is free and open to the public.

Registration for Heritage Day closed.

For any questions regarding registration for this event, please call Liz Behnke in the Institutional Advancement Office: 612-330-1171.

2018 Christensen Symposium with Rahuldeep Gill

October 3, 2018

Morning Event

Christensen Symposium Address by Rahuldeep Gill
Who Are “We?” A Sikh Perspective on Vocation, Justice and Death

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
625 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Rahuldeep Singh Gill, PhD; Associate Professor, Department of Religion; Campus Interfaith Strategist, Division of Mission and Identity at California Lutheran University

Afternoon Event

Open conversation with Rahuldeep Gill, facilitated by Fardosa Hassan and Ole Schenk
Igniting hope in un-hopeful times

2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Student Lounge, Christensen Center
720 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Rahuldeep GillAbout the speaker

Rahuldeep Gill, Ph.D., is a sought-after Speaker, Author, and Igniter for social change, whose life goal is to develop effective and heartful leaders with broad perspectives to drive innovations. Through his lectures and workshops he works to build pluralism and cross-cultural relations to inspire connected communities on campus, in the workplace, and in the marketplace.

He recently published his first book, Drinking from Love’s Cup, with Oxford University Press, and he is currently writing two more books about leadership and pluralism. He is a tenured professor and Campus Interfaith Strategist at California Lutheran University, and is the visiting professor of Sikh Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has twice been voted Cal Lutheran’s Diversity Professor of the Year and lives in Los Angeles with his family.

About the Christensen Symposium:

Each year, the Christensen Symposium provides the opportunity to explore and apply the lessons rooted in former Augsburg President Bernard M. 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.

Learn more on the Augsburg convocation series site.

Note: These sessions will be audio recorded. If you would like to be alerted as soon as the audio is available, please email ccv@augsburg.edu

2018-19 Christensen Interfaith Fellows

We are pleased to announce the Christensen and Batalden Interfaith Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year:

Christensen Interfaith Fellows – Wendy Goldberg, Busshō Lahn and Chris Stedman ’08

Batalden Interfaith Fellow – Ger Vang

The Christensen and Batalden Interfaith Fellows are charged with deepening and extending Augsburg’s calling to inter-religious engagement, preparing students to live and serve in contexts of religious pluralism. Their work will be coordinated by the Christensen Center for Vocation and Batalden Professor in Applied Ethics. It includes participating in classroom and campus discussions and events; working with students named as Interfaith, Christensen, and Sabo scholars; and engaging with Augsburg’s Interfaith Coordinating Committee and various religious groups on campus.
Continue reading “2018-19 Christensen Interfaith Fellows”

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!

Best,

Destyn

2018 Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference: CIVIL DISCOURSE IN A FRAGMENTED AND MULTI-RELIGIOUS SOCIETY

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

REGISTRATION

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 melinda.valverde@elca.org 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 voalc@augsburg.edu.

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