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Till & Keep Journal

The Till & Keep journal was published by Exploring Our Gifts at Augsburg University, a program for the theological exploration of vocation that operated from 2002-2010 and was funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The journal was created by and for members of Augsburg and the greater academic community to encourage reflection and dialogue about vocation and the interplay between faith and learning.

Till & Keep Issues

CCV Advisory Book and Movie Recommendations

Movie and Book Recommendations from the CCV Advisory Board

At our recent winter meeting we solicited names of movies and books that come highly recommended by the members of the Board.  Here is the list:

Melissa Pohlman:
Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland

John Snider:
Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi by Richard Rohr

Mark Hanson:
Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism  by Jerusha Tanner-Lamptey
A Strange Glory: The Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Marsh

Marty Stortz:
David Foster Wallace’s commencement address (2005) at Kenyon College
Christoph Schwoebel’s article “Talking Over the Fence.  From Toleration to Dialogue” (for John Clayton on his 60th Birthday), in: NZSTh 45 (2003), 115-130.

Sonja Hagander:
The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Diane Jacobson:
The film “Sweet Land”— suggested given disagreements about immigration.

Jack Fortin:
Christianity for the Rest of Us by Diana Butler Bass

 

Resources on Vocation: Blogs, Chapel Talks, and More! 2010-2014

Bernhard M. Christensen

“Devoutly Would He Teach: The Legacy of Bernhard M. Christensen,” Gracia Grindal, ’65, professor of rhetoric at Luther Seminary, Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium keynote address on Oct. 2, 2010

Reflections on the 5 Lessons of Bernhard M. Christensen from the spring 2010 issue of Till & Keep journal.

Blog – The Progress of Pilgrimage

Martha E. Stortz, the Bernhard M. Christensen Professor in Religion and Vocation, has a blog with her colleagues about pilgrimage.

Chapel Talks

“Jesus’ First Words”
Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation
February 6, 2014

“Turning the Tables”
Paul C. Pribbenow, President
December 3, 2013

“Both priest and beggar: Luther on Civil Engagement”
Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation
November 20, 2013

“Hail to the Ordinary”
Mark Tranvik, Director of Christensen Center for Vocation
September 18, 2013

“Interfaith is Not a Luxury”
Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation
September 19, 2012

“Restaging Incarnation: What Might Jesus Do?”
Garry Hesser, Sabo Professor of Citizenship and Learning, Sociology and Urban Studies Department
January 24, 2011

“Vocation as Story”
Mark Engebretson, Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences
February 9, 2011

“Breaking and Remaking: God’s Construction Zone”
Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation
February 10, 2011

Other Writings on Vocation

First Word: Board of Regents, Augsburg College, October 11, 2014
Vocation Innovation Grant
Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation

“Vocation at Augsburg College”
Mark Tranvik, Director, Christensen Center for Vocation

Mayo Clinic Spirituality Grand Rounds, January 30, 2014
“Welcoming My Wounds: Healing and the Body’s Knowing”
Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation

Remarks by Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation, from her Inauguration (all are PDFs):

Videos on Vocation

Lives Explored, video narrative project by the Collegeville Institute

Lives Explored Videos

Martha E. Stortz (Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation) and Jack Fortin (CCV Senior Fellow) work with the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research on special vocation-related programs.

The Collegeville Institute has created a helpful video resource for personal and/or small group reflections. “Vocation is the story of our lives: how God calls and how we respond. Lives Explored is a video narrative project started in 2012 to capture stories of vocation from participants in the Called to Life and Called to Work programs.”

View the Lives Explored videos and enjoy these everyday examples of vocation in people’s life and work.

 

 

2012 Christensen Symposium with Eboo Patel

The Holiness of Common Ground

Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT CHRISTENSEN SYMPOSIUM

The annual Christensen Symposium-first held in 1990-is made possible through the Christensen Endowment, which was established by alumni and friends of Augsburg to honor Bernhard M. Christensen. As the president of Augsburg College and Seminary from 1938 to 1962, Christensen was a central figure in drawing Augsburg fully into the study of the liberal arts.

The Symposium is designed to reflect and reinforce the principles to which Christensen showed such deep commitment:  academic integrity, the Christian Gospel, and a mutually supportive relationship with the church. In addition, it serves as a vehicle for the Augsburg community to explore and apply the five lessons that are Christensen’s legacy:

  • Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
  • Diversity strengthens vital communities.
  • Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
  • The love of Christ draws us to God.
  • We are called to service in the world.