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Updating Your Profile – a Message from Rev. Dr. Philip Quanbeck, II


quanbeck_webThe following homily was given in Augsburg College Daily Chapel on September 23, 2015, by Rev. Dr. Philip Quanbeck, II, Associate Professor, Religion Department (text: Genesis 1:26-28):

As Yogi Berra said: “Listen up! I’ve got nothing to say and I am only going to say it once.”

Grace and Peace:

This past June, My wife and I went to Sweden with a touch of Norway. Inspired by the example of former campus pastor Dave Wold we picked up a new Volvo in Gothenburg and set out on a quest. We saw the Kvammbekk place near Hjartdal in Telemark and feasted with the relatives. Touched on Oslo and then went to Sweden. And especially Stockholm. Ruth, a Swede by ancestry, wanted me, a Norwegian by ancestry, to see what real Scandinavian “class” looked like. Stockholm, after all, was for a time an imperial capital.  Continue reading “Updating Your Profile – a Message from Rev. Dr. Philip Quanbeck, II”

Meet the Campus Ministry Deacons – A message from Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres

We are blessed this 2015-2016 Academic Year to have five very talented student-leaders shepherding the Campus Ministry Student Organization! But, what, pray tell, is a deacon? A fine question! In the New Testament, deacons were set apart by the church for word and service in God’s world (see Acts 6:1-7). The title has been used throughout the church to describe servants who minister to the community in teaching, works of love, dedication to justice, worship-leadership, and an enduring commitment to the gospel of Christ Jesus. The Campus Ministry Office has chosen to use “deacon” as the title for those students called to this work on the Augsburg campus in partnership with the Campus Ministry staff.

The deacons will work together to plan and execute events and activities that create opportunities for social connectedness, spiritual growth, and loving service. In addition, they empower and equip other student-leaders in the shared work of radical hospitality, creating space for the sacred, and shaping the community in positives ways with other student groups and leaders on campus.  Continue reading “Meet the Campus Ministry Deacons – A message from Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres”

How do girlfriends “do” theology? A message from Babette Chatman

babetteWhat is theology?

How do girlfriends “do” theology?

Theology is addressing issues that we could simply classify as human issues. DTwG (our weekly bible study group) looks at issues from a girl’s perspective. We experience the questions together and together we explore answers!

Questions such as: Why is life the way it is?  What do we believe?  and Why?  Where is God in our suffering?  And many, many more questions.

Let’s gather every Monday: block out an hour of your time Girlfriends and let’s do theology starting Monday, September 14 @ 7:00pm in the Millie Nelson room!

“Rock Solid,” A message from Pastor Sonja Hagander

Cairn stones in NorwayOne of my favorite orientation activities is to gather with new StepUP students and their families. Each year I am invited to offer a ritual of beginning with this crowd. Here’s a window into some of that time together from this week:

“Mountains are often seen as sacred. Mount Etna in Italy is vital for the Vulcans. Mount Sinai for Jews and Christians. Your own mountaintop experiences can often lead you to experience the holy and bind you to your higher power. This summer I traveled to mountainous Norway and was in an area called Trollstiegen. The day I was there it was windy, clouds hung low and I couldn’t see very far in front of myself. I was stuck. And then, slowly, I began to see people and a way forward. Looking again, the figures were not people, but cairns. Cairns are stacks of pebbles, stones or even small boulders that guide the way. They are built by fellow hikers. There I was, surrounded by literally thousands of cairns, all shapes and sizes. They looked like people! You have in your hand some stones. I invite each new student to share with your family one “rock,” one sign, one event….that led you to Augsburg. And then, in turn, families, I invite you to build your own cairn in front of your student and “bless” them by reminding them of the “cairns” that will be there for them as they make their way at Augsburg.”