Chapel Series: Wild and Precious Hope

Join us in chapel for our series on Wild and Precious Hope.

Monday, January 8 at 10:40 am: Mindful Monday with Jermaine Nelson

Tuesday, January 9 at 11:30: Rev. David Wrightsman, Interim Associate University Pastor, preaching.

Wednesday, January 10 at 10:40am: President Paul Pribbenow preaching.

Thursday, January 11 at 11:30 am: One Voice Choir: Out in Our Schools. Minnesota’s only (and one of the nation’s largest) LGBTA chorus. Before chapel at 9:45am, 60 middle school students will join with the chorus in an “Out in Our Schools Concert.”

Friday, January 12 at 10:40am:  Pastor Babette Chatman, Community Collaborative Partner, Redeemer Center for Life and Redeemer Lutheran Church, preaching.

Tuesday, January 16 at 11:30 am: Mathew Berger, Pastoral Intern

Wednesday, January 17 at 10:40 am: Rev. Sonja Hagander, University Pastor and Director of Campus Ministries


Chapel Series Begins “Our Shared (Im)migration”

sharedimmigrationJoin us for worship in the chapel as we begin our Chapel Series, “Our Shared (Im)migration: Pilgrim Clasps Hand of Pilgrim,” exploring our many journeys, Jesus as a refugee, and hope amidst the challenges of 2017.

Tuesday, 1/10, 11:30am: Babette Chatman, Community Collaborative Partner, Redeemer Center for Life & Redeemer Lutheran Church, preaching.

Wednesday, 1/11, 10:40am: Pastor Sonja Hagander, College Pastor & Director of Ministries, preaching

Thursday, 1/12, 11:30am: Interfaith Mini-Convo with Dr. Audrey Lensmire, Assistant Professor, Education Dept., and Director of the EAST program.

Friday, 1/13, 10:40am: Pastor Mike Matson, Chaplain to Student Athletes, preaching.

We gather in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center – Everyone is welcome!


Chapel Worship Schedule

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 10:40am – 11am

Tuesdays and Thursday: 11:30am – 11:50am

Wednesday Night Communion: 9:30pm


National Coming Out Day: Andy Anderson

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. – Romans 13:8-10

Andy AndersonI never thought that I was straight. I didn’t even know what straight was until middle school, when I first heard the definition and shrugged thinking, “Well, that’s not me.”

It was disappointing to discover soon after that very few people appreciated the other identities I should have been able to try. I refrained from labeling myself and ended up gray and depressed, with no real label but my own name.

I didn’t know who I was at the time. I didn’t like boys like I was supposed to. I didn’t dress like girls should – in fact, I had breakdowns and cried in dressing rooms trying on feminine clothes – I felt like they took off a layer of skin every time I pulled them on and off, leaving my flaws more naked and exposed than before. Continue reading “National Coming Out Day: Andy Anderson”

Augsburg College is Interfaith Community Service Honor Roll Finalist

It’s official, Augsburg College is a 2015 Higher Education Interfaith Community Service Honor Roll Finalist “For the extraordinary and exemplary community service contributions of its students, faculty, and staff in meeting critical community and national needs!” Receiving this honor is an outstanding group of Auggies who are attending the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge in Washington, DC, September 22-23, 2016: Fardosa Hassan ’12, Muslim Student Program Associate; Emma Blom ’17; Chuill Lip ’18; Mohamud Mohamed ’19; Emilie Tomas ’19. While at the conference, they met up with Auggie Alums Bishop Mark Hanson ’68 and Chris Stedman ’08. Way to go Auggies!

Community Interfaith Iftar Dinner

Ramadan foodYou are invited! To honor our Muslim sisters and brothers and to bring unity and solidarity to the Seward neighborhood, we will have a Community Interfaith Iftar Dinner this Wednesday evening, June 29, 7:30-10pm. Please join us for fun, food, and great conversation as we break our fast together during Ramadan!

This event is sponsored by Augsburg College, Bethany Lutheran Church, Soup for You! Café at Bethany, Seward Neighborhood Group, and Afro Deli.

Our community partner, Bethany Lutheran Church, is hosting this event and is located at 2511 E. Franklin Avenue, just south of Hwy 94 across the 25th Avenue bridge – minutes away from campus!

Pulling Teeth: Craig Barnes on Preaching Stewardship

By Justin Lind-Ayres, Associate College Pastor

What sights or sounds do you find cringe worthy? For instance, some people cringe when they see a hair clog pulled out of a drain. Others cringe when they hear fingernails put to a chalkboard. And you? Is there anything that curdles your blood or sends shivers down your back?

Loose, wiggly teeth: they set me off. Why? I’m not sure. All I know is that when one wiggles, I wig out! Luckily my adult teeth are fairly secure in my mouth so my cringing has been under control for a few decades or so. My oldest child, on the other hand, has been beckoning the Tooth Fairy to visit with her now gapped grin. As I watch three sets of teeth scurry around my house, I am keenly aware that my days of cringing have only begun.

Continue reading “Pulling Teeth: Craig Barnes on Preaching Stewardship”

Lenten Thoughts – Sophie Bauer ’16 Senior Chapel Homily

Sophie Bauer ’16 shares her Senior Chapel Homily, from March 10, 2016:

The light shines in the darkness…
Minnesota, we know the dark well in the shortest days of winter.
Fifteen hours of the day dedicated to darkness.
Seasonal affective disorder.
January blues.
Cold. Cold. Cold.
Then comes the thaw.
And the light shines.

Continue reading “Lenten Thoughts – Sophie Bauer ’16 Senior Chapel Homily”

Fosdick Lecture on Preaching: February 2, 2016

Author William Kent Krueger

The Christian faith is rooted in story. The stories of scripture communicate the grace of God enfleshed in time and place. When shared, this divine plot has the power to pull people into the narrative in transformative ways. This is the confession of the church that is storied by God.

William Kent Krueger

Join the Augsburg College Campus Ministry Office on February 2, 2016, for the first Fosdick Lecture on Preaching with New York Times best-selling author and Minnesota native William Kent Krueger. A renowned story-teller with sixteen novels to his credit – including Ordinary Grace – Kent will speak on the power of story and its “importance to us and its unique ability to move people in mysterious and necessary ways.” His lecture will offer helpful and practical insights for his fans as well as people, like preachers, particularly engaged in the story-telling process. All are welcome.


The morning session will continue with a Response then conclude with Daily Chapel Worship at 11:30 am with the Reverend Rachel Wrenn preaching. Rachel is a 2011 graduate from Luther Seminary and recipient of the 2011 A. E. Hanson Prize in Preaching from the seminary. She is actively engaged in small town and rural ministry in Southwest Minnesota and a frequent contributor to the online preaching resource, Working Preacher.