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. 

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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 ccv@augsburg.edu or Lonna Field at fieldl@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1467.

18 Seminary and Divinity Schools Coming to Augsburg!

ON OCTOBER 27, EXPLORE THEOLOGICAL GRADUATE STUDY OPTIONS AND QUESTIONS WITH OTHERS.

Representatives from the following seminary and divinity schools will be on campus from 9:30am-3:30pm:

Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
University of Chicago, Divinity School, Chicago, IL
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL
Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Chicago,
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS), Berkeley, CA
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH
Truett Seminary at Baylor University, Waco, TX
Union Theological Seminary, New York City, NY
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, MN
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN
Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, NC
Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA

Register to attend (includes free lunch).
Or, t
o view a schedule and learn more information, visit the Seminary and Divinity School Page.

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.

 

Vocation as Path: Following the Questions

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 

18 Seminary and Divinity Schools to be at Augsburg

On October 28, between 9:30am-3:30pm, explore theological graduate study options and questions with others.

Representatives from the following seminary and divinity schools will be on campus:

Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN
University of Chicago, Divinity School, Chicago, IL
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Chicago,
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LSTG), Gettysburg, PA
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), Philadelphia, PA
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS), Berkeley, CA
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, MN
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH
Union Theological Seminary, New York City, NY
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, MN
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN
Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA

Register to attend. Or, to view a schedule and learn more information, visit the Seminary and Divinity School Page.

Recently Ordained Auggies!

This summer, three 2010 Augsburg College alumni have been ordained to ministry and began their first calls as pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. These Auggies (who also graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul in May of 2014) are: Michael Buller, Emily Wiles, and Peter Weston Miller.

We asked them to tell us about the congregation(s) where they serve, and what they are most energized about with their call. We are proud to celebrate their accomplishments, and we wish them well in their new vocations as pastors!

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Pastor Michael at his Ordination.

Michael Buller, Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Abercrombie, ND and Galchutt (pronounce Gal-Shoot) Lutheran Church in Galchutt, ND.

My role is solo pastor of a two point parish.  I am very excited about this parish because they are in desperate need of new life. They are “mission re-development sites” which essentially means that they are on the verge of closing. I received mission re-development certification in the ELCA, so we could very well be a good fit for each other.

Since arriving I have discovered that there is a great deal of life in both Abercrombie and Galchutt proper and a great deal of life in the surrounding areas.  For instance we have an educational farmstead near by called Crooked Lane Farms which is only 4 miles outside of Abercrombie.  They have concerts during the summer, gardening classes, crafting classes, any many other activities; super cool stuff, and wonderful people.

In November of 2015 Emmanuel Lutheran will be celebrating 125 years of faithful ministry and we will be making it into a very big event. Finally the two churches tend the grounds of a third church building. St. John’s Lutheran church is located between Emmanuel and Galchutt and is the oldest Lutheran Church building in the Eastern North Dakota synod. We have a joint worship service there each year.

I have a website folks can look at to keep tabs on what I’m up to: it is www.facebook.com/pastormbuller.  There are many other pictures and stories on this site.

Pastor Emily Wiles
Pastor Emily wearing the stole her congregation presented to her at her Installation. It includes pieces of fabric to represent all the families and individuals in congregation!

Emily Wiles, Faith Lutheran Church in Avon, Indiana – rapidly growing suburb outside Indianapolis.  

Faith is a small congregation with a tremendous level of mission and opportunity. We are currently seeking approval to build a new church building; about 5 years ago, Faith sold their large, mostly-unused church building in Indianapolis and moved to Avon, hoping to be Christ’s church in a growing community.

Things that I’m excited about include Faith’s people, their willingness to follow God’s call to new opportunities, and the dynamics of a small congregation setting roots in a new area. These people know how to do ministry within the walls of a church, and I’m excited to walk with them as we begin to do more ministry outside the walls. This is a congregation that feeds; they have a small but vital food pantry and always share monthly meals. The new church property resides on 35 acres: 22 of those acres are currently farmed and Faith visions a vital, viable community garden that supports their food pantry and its community.

My role has been set since the beginning, but is still forming; I’ve only been here a month.  My call is to remind them that God loves them and provide resources and encouragement to do ministry together and individually.

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Pastor Peter at his Ordination.

Peter Weston Miller, Atonement Lutheran Church, New Brighton, MN

Atonement Lutheran Church in New Brighton has always been invested in transformation. Originally, Atonement was a mission start of the American Lutheran Church merger in 1960. For the first time, Lutherans agreed to merge across ethnic lines in order to create a new church body. (Prior to 1960, it had always been Germans uniting with Germans or Norwegians with Norwegians.)  19 other “Atonement Lutheran Church” were birthed in districts around the country. It was a bold strategy of the Lutheran church to put away cultural divisions and unify under the banner of God’s work in Jesus Christ, to always be made new.

Today, Atonement continues to serve and grow with a new population of local residents. There is an influx of young families and people see New Brighton as a hub that can get you anywhere in the Twin Cities. I love that Atonement has a history of experimentation and a commitment to transformation. It has an excellent preschool program for the neighborhood, as well as a variety of mission partnerships with local organizations and community churches. We also house a Nigerian Pentecostal worshiping community called Faith Community Church. Worship for us is a blend of contemporary, Southern Gospel barbershop, and traditional Lutheran liturgy. One of the central symbols of the church is its large font in the entry space. People love to gather here, reminded that they are marked with the promise of baptism to be a community that is moved and drawn by the Holy Spirit.