Meet Grace- 2019 AYTI Mentor

Hey everyone!Grace Koch Muchahary

My name is Grace Koch Muchahary. I’m from India. I am a first year student at Augsburg University majoring in Sociology. I am really glad to be called an Auggie, and I love the surroundings over here. My favorite thing is the people who are really very good and help each other with every need. My future goals are to become a greater youth leader and a social worker as a missionary. I am really excited for the AYTI program, to meet new people, and get to learn many new things.

 

Learn more about this summer’s Augsburg Youth Theology Institute at https://www.augsburg.edu/ayti/

2019 VOCATION OF A LUTHERAN COLLEGE CONFERENCE

Beyond Privilege: Engaging Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

JULY 15-17, 2019
Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN

Each year, members of Lutheran colleges gather to explore the distinctive roles we play in higher education.

The theme this year is Beyond Privilege: Engaging Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. This year we will examine the intersection between privilege, inclusivity, and vocation.

View the 2019 Conference Agenda Draft

The conference is open to everyone from ELCA colleges or universities, but institutions are encouraged to register participants who have a particular interest in or campus responsibility for advancing their institution’s vocation to engage and expand campus diversity and to further equity and inclusion for all. Each college or university is also urged to send a campus delegation, composed of a mix of administrators and faculty. The make-up of delegations, however, is the decision of each college or university. Students are welcomed—if appropriate—as members of a campus delegation, but each college/university will be responsible for the supervision of student participants.

REGISTRATION

ELCA colleges and universities are invited to send delegations of up to five persons at a subsidized rate of $150 per person. More information about registration was sent to school representatives through the ELCA. Contact Melinda Valverde at melinda.valverde@elca.org for more information or if your college or university has questions.
ELCA College and University Faculty and Staff - Register for the 2019 Conference by June 7

As the host school, the registration fee is waived for Augsburg University faculty and staff.

Augsburg University Faculty and Staff - Register for the 2019 Conference by July 3

Registration questions may be also be directed to 612-330-1403 or voalc@augsburg.edu.

The Vocation of a Lutheran College conference is supported by the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities.

Spring Vocation Lunch with Ben Stottrup

Augsburg Faculty and Staff, you are invited to attend the spring vocation lunch with Ben Stottrup, Department Chair and Associate Professor of the Physics Department.

Tuesday, April 9
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
East Commons, Christensen Center

Register for Vocation Lunch with Ben StottrupBen Stottrup and family

Ben Stottrup joined Augsburg’s Physics Department in 2005. Since then, he has enjoyed a front row seat to watch and assist Augsburg’s science majors start their careers and pursue their own adventures.  While at Augsburg, he has built a research lab focused on biomaterials, soft, and squishy interfaces. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, as well as private donors and foundations.  In the classroom, he has taught across nearly the entire physics curriculum with a focus on how experiential education in science labs can build professional skills for students. Through his Science of Food and Cooking course he hopes to share his curiosity and interest in biomaterials to Augsburg’s wider community.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

Public Leadership Scholar Opportunity for 2019-20

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs:

Christensen Scholars – student leaders who are interested in engaging in an academic and theological exploration of vocation. The seminar is designed for those with a lively sense of curiosity and a desire to talk about the “big questions” involving God, evil, doubt, salvation, and vocation.

Interfaith Scholars –  student leaders who are interested in exploring the religious diversity of the Augsburg student body, the wider Twin Cities community, and the United States through interreligious dialogue and action. We invite religious believers from a variety of traditions as well as the non-religious to apply in order to converse respectfully with other about what you believe, why it matters, and how it propels us to action in the world.

Sabo Scholars – student leaders who have interest in engaging in civic life, studying the political process, working on public policy, and exploring careers in public service.

3 previous scholars with Christensen Symposium speaker

In these programs you will:

  • Participate in a yearlong academic seminar on Thursday nights with a cohort of your peers
  • Contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in either the Christian tradition, interfaith engagement, or civic life.
  • Earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science
  • Receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Who is Eligible?

Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2019-20 academic year.

How to apply

  1. Submit the public leadership school application, indicating the program(s) for which you wish to be considered.    Public Leadership Scholars Application
  2. Request a letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member who knows you well    Faculty or Staff Recommendation

What is the Deadline?

The application deadline is Monday, March 4th.

Questions?

Contact either

AYTI Mentor Reflection – Destyn Land

The Day I Learned to Walk the Two-Way Street

by Destyn Land, 2018 Augsburg Youth Theology Institute Mentor

As a small group leader, I always saw it as my obligation to set the tone with transparency for all of our discussions and time together. Before I entered the small group space, I attempted to make a mental script and plan every single thing that would happen from the beginning until the end. To make a long story short, my script absolutely never worked (and I mean never). But even in those moments I thought to myself that maybe this was God’s way of showing me that flexibility is truly a virtue.

Destyn Land with small group of students
Destyn and small group at the 2018 AYTI closing brunch.

After our very first small group meeting I left feeling content with how things went, however, in the back of my mind I still desired our group to become more open with each other. To debrief and process my thoughts I began to journal about what I wanted to do differently and things that I thought went well. After writing for just a few minutes, I came to this conclusion: It is completely arbitrary and irrational to expect my small group to open up to me, if I could not open up to them. During the the time of the theology institute I was facing some challenges in my life that were worth sharing, but the tempting desire within me to be perfect made me silence myself. Continue reading “AYTI Mentor Reflection – Destyn Land”

2019 Vocation Intern Opportunity

Explore Vocation while Working at a faith-Based, Community-oriented nonprofit Organization

Fidelina (Past Intern) with Jane (Supervisor at Trinity)

Current Augsburg Students:

  • Are you curious about how you are called to serve your neighbors in a work setting?
  • Wondering about how your talents, skills, preferences, and passions can inform your career decision making?
  • Looking for a paid work/internship experience for spring semester 2019?

If yes to all of these, we invite you to apply to be a Christensen Vocation Intern.

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE CHRISTENSEN VOCATION INTERNSHIP PROGRAM INCLUDE:

  • Paid Internship at a faith-based nonprofit based in a dynamic neighborhood of MinneapolisJennifer (Past Intern) with supervisor Pastor Kelly
  • Gain relevant work experience and mentoring
  • Reflect on experiences and assessments with a cohort of your peers
  • Duration: 8-10 hours/week, PAID internship for up to 100 hours during Spring 2019 semester.
  • Current students from all majors and faith backgrounds are welcome to apply
  • Note: Each site’s job description can be somewhat customized to the intern’s education and goals.

View a summary of the four different sites for these internships.
APPLY TO BE A CHRISTENSEN VOCATION INTERN THROUGH HANDSHAKE
Handshake is Augsburg’s student employment platform. Each of the four internship sites are listed by “Christensen Vocation Intern” plus the site name.
Questions about the application platform? Ask the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, careers@augsburg.edu
Questions about the application process or positions? Ask the Christensen Center for Vocation, ccv@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1403

NOTE: Priority application deadline is December 7. Then applications will be accepted on rolling basis as the positions are still available.

The Christensen Interns will be selected based on strong interest in exploring vocation, call, and career interests in faith-based or service organizations, as well as potential match with each internship site’s needs.

Meet Sophie-Christensen Center Student Assistant

Hello! My name is Sophie Warnberg, and I’m a junior at Augsburg working toward a major in Theology and Public Leadership, with a Concentration in Youth Studies and a minor in Theater. I work in the Christensen Center for Vocation, and I am the co-president of Augsburg University Campus Ministries. I love to sing in the Worship Band on Wednesday Nights. I took a leap of faith last spring and traveled 1,200 miles west of my home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. I found a second home on a lake in Montana, with mountains in the distance. Spending the summer at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp was one of the best decisions of my life!

Sophie Warnberg

Fall Vocation Lunch with Pastor Sonja Hagander

Augsburg Faculty and Staff, you are invited to attend the fall vocation lunch with Sonja Hagander, University Pastor and Director of Ministries.

Friday, November 9
11:15 am – 12:25 pm

Note: Spaces for the lunch are full. If you would like to listen to the talk without the meal, there will be chairs in the back of the East Commons for you to sit. Note Sonja’s presentation will begin about 11:40 am.

Sonja Hagander

PASTOR SONJA HAGANDER brings a deep passion for helping young adults explore Christian vocation and creating lives of faith and service. She has also led several interfaith initiatives at Augsburg, the ELCA’s most diverse college. In that context, she plans and leads worship each week in a challenging but very energizing urban multi-faith community. She has served as Pastor-Theologian at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton University, and as Chaplain and emcee to the ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza Conference which hosts more than 1,000 pastors and youth leaders. She has been a contributor to “Word and World” and the ELCA e-zine for women, “BoldCafe.org.”  She lives in the Twin Cities with her family. They love all things water: paddleboarding, skiing, canoeing, swimming, sailing, and kayaking. She most recently co-authored a book entitled, “Faith in Action: A Handbook for Activists, Advocates and Allies”, for Fortress Press.

EDUCATION
B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
M.Sc. University of Edinburgh
M.Div. Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

2018 Seminary and Divinity School Day

November 15, 2018 at St. Olaf 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. 

This event is free, and lunch and transportation to St. Olaf College will be provided to those who register. We will leave Augsburg by 8:30 AM and return to campus around 2:30 PM.

Register for Seminary and Divinity School Day by November 7
group of Augsburg students at 2017 Seminary and Divinity School Day
The group of Augsburg students at 2017 Seminary and Divinity School Day

Schedule for November 15, 2018

8:30 AM – Depart Augsburg for St. Olaf

9:30 AM – Check-in/Registration at St. Olaf

9:45 AM – Opening Session

11:00 AM – Daily Chapel

11:30 AM – Lunch, Small Group Conversation, and Seminary and Divinity School Fair

1:30 PM – Depart St. Olaf for Augsburg

2:30 PM – Arrive at Augsburg

Seminary and Divinity Day is a collaboration between the Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg University, Gustavus Adolphus College, and St. Olaf College.

If you have questions, contact Sophie Warnberg at ccv@augsburg.edu or Lonna Field at fieldl@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1467.

 

 

 

Heritage Day with Phil Adamo

Phil Adamo giving a presentation

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hagfors Center 150, 700 21st Ave S, Minneapolis

THE MANY FOUNDINGS OF AUGSBURG UNIVERSITY

What do words like “founding” mean at a place like Augsburg? If, as a Lutheran institution, we believe in the concept of “semper reformanda” (always reforming), then shouldn’t we say that Augsburg has had multiple “foundings”—not only physically, but intellectually and theologically?

Augsburg history professor Phil Adamo will explore these questions in the 2018 Heritage Talk, offering examples from his new book, Hold Fast to What is Good: A History of Augsburg University in 10 Objects, written for the upcoming celebration of Augsburg’s 150th anniversary. A reception will follow the presentation.

More about our speaker:

Phillip C. Adamo has an international reputation as a scholar and teacher. He has presented his research at major conferences throughout the United States and Europe. In 2014, The Medieval Academy of America, the oldest and largest association of medievalists in the world, presented Phil with the CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2015, the Carnegie Institute for the Advancement of Teaching named him Minnesota Professor of the Year. Phil is currently working on a history of Augsburg for its 150th anniversary.

More about the event:

This event is free and open to the public.

Registration for Heritage Day closed.

For any questions regarding registration for this event, please call Liz Behnke in the Institutional Advancement Office: 612-330-1171.