We commonly use the phrase “seeing is believing” to communicate the idea that only with concrete evidence can we be convinced of a new idea. It is the essence of the disciple Thomas’s statement of doubt before he saw the risen Jesus and believed. Jesus responded—“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”.
I thank each of you who read our “Good News” each month. You know the power and passion of my message to ‘Believe’ that the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR) will be a reality. When we aim our vision in the direction of what we truly desire and believe, we open up new possibilities and along the way, and achieve that vision. We are on an exciting journey.
This summer a new saying has emerged for me…”Believing is Seeing”. As I continue to meet with Alumni and friends of Augsburg who believe in the college’s mission, they are visualizing (seeing) how the new CSBR, as the new heart of campus, will become a vehicle to help us live out our mission of educating future leaders for our changing and challenging world. You continue to find ways to support this campaign because you believe and therefore you see the possibilities!
Most of you have heard and responded to my three calls for your action:
• To prayerfully consider a stretch gift (cash, stock, wills and other creative mechanisms)
• To consider who else needs to hear the story of Augsburg as this special place that is small to its students and big for the world;
• To become a Class leader and help spread the word of this important project to classmates and help your class exceed its goal of $1 million for the campaign.
You have taken my requests and run with them. It’s exciting to see what happens when you do.
Last issue I mentioned the doors opened by Mert Johnson,’59, who has introduced us to business and technology leaders in Alexandria, MN. These relationships are blossoming with multiple exchanges involving campaign leadership, President Pribbenow, local retired business leader Rick Ekstrand, ’72, and faculty members who are learning about the exciting work being done in the sciences and business by a company guided by its strong faith and religious commitment.
It has been exciting to explore potential synergies with these community and business leaders as we share Augsburg’s story of excellence today and the exceptional alumni across many generations who are also business, community, and faith leaders. These conversations would never have occurred without Mert’s thoughtful response to my second request of him.
I ask each of you to think about community and business leaders you know who might resonate to Augsburg’s mission and our vision of the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. Each conversation, each meeting, each new commitment further convinces me that now is our time. This is Augsburg’s time to be bold and confident that we have something very special in our culture, our mission, and our urban campus to share with the world.
Please join this movement of those for whom Believing is Seeing–becoming leaders who embrace the challenges of life in the 21st century. Those who know that by acting on belief, we can truly shape a better future for us all.
Read on and enjoy the stories of some great Augsburg givers.
And remember, I am always eager to hear from you and look forward to sharing the inspiring stories of Augsburg.