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!

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.

 

 

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.

Christensen Symposium Archive 1990-2015

WHY DO WE HAVE THE SYMPOSIUM?

The annual Christensen Symposium-first held in 1990-is made possible through the Christensen Endowment, which was established by alumni and friends of Augsburg to honor Bernhard M. Christensen. As the president of Augsburg College and Seminary from 1938 to 1962, Christensen was a central figure in drawing Augsburg fully into the study of the liberal arts.

The Symposium is designed to reflect and reinforce the principles to which Christensen showed such deep commitment:  academic integrity, the Christian Gospel, and a mutually supportive relationship with the church. In addition, it serves as a vehicle for the Augsburg community to explore and apply the five lessons that are Christensen’s legacy:

  • 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.

For more information, see all Christensen Symposium posts.


2015  Living Religion
Richard Rodriguez, author Continue reading “Christensen Symposium Archive 1990-2015”

Fall Book Group – Darling

CCV Fall Book Group – Darling

Update – as of 9/1/2015, the spots for the book group are full.

In connection to the September 30 Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium/Humanities and Fine Arts Convocation, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a book group discussion of Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography by Richard Rodriguez. The group will be led by Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation.

The Book Group will meet for brown bag lunch discussion from 11:30am-12:30pm on the following Wednesdays:

Sept. 9
Sept. 16

To sign up, please email ccv@augsburg.edu

Once registered, a free copy of the book is available for pick up in Oren Gateway 106.

Upcoming Christensen Symposium with Nadia Bolz-Weber

Oct. 1, 2014 at Augsburg College

We have less than two weeks to go until the annual Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium with Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber: The spirituality of being a total screw-up.

2014 Christensen Symposium Speaker
2014 Christensen Symposium Speaker

The day will involve Nadia’s presentation from 10:00am-11:00am in Hoversten Chapel. It is free and open to the public!

Learn more about it through StepUP’s blog post about the Symposium.

Augsburg Students – is a career in ministry in your future?

Join us for a special Q&A session for Augsburg students with Nadia Bolz-Weber.

Wednesday, Oct. 1
3:30-4:30pm
Oren Gateway 113

Ask questions of Nadia such as, “What is your advice for those of us considering careers in ministry?” Bring your own questions and be ready for good conversation!

 

 

CCV Fall Book Group

Pastrix

In connection to the Oct. 1 Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a series of discussions on the New York Times Bestseller Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber. The group will be led by Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation.

The Book Group will meet in Foss 175 from 4-5:30pm on the following Mondays:

Sept. 8
Sept. 22
Oct. 6
Oct. 20

To sign up, please email ccv@augsburg.edu

Once registered, a free copy of the book is available for pick up in Oren Gateway 106.