The Office of Campus Ministries is an administrative office that offers ecumenical programming and activities on the campus of Augustana College. Formed in 1983, the Office was named Campus Ministry and employed a campus pastor, Rev. Phil Schroeder and a chaplain to Catholic students, Rev. Albert J. Bischoff. The Campus Ministry was created to replace the Augustana Campus Church. The Augustana Campus Church was organized as an Illinois Synod of the Lutheran Church in America congregation with 102 charter members. The members of the Lutheran Church in America voted to disband the Campus Church in 1982, and the church closed in 1983.
The Campus Ministry was renamed Office of College Ministries in 1987, and was under the responsibility of the Office of President of Augustana. At this time, Richard A. Swanson was appointed as Dean of Ministries. In this position, Swanson directed the Office of College Ministries including Campus Ministry programs and personnel, all relations between Augustana College and the new Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) and other churches.
According to a description of the group written in 1994, the Campus Ministry is "responsible, under the Office of President and with advice of the college's Campus Ministry Committee, for religious ministry to the college community in a manner consistent with the life and mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Campus ministry consists of worship, study, service, fellowship, and pastoral care." Activities of the Campus Ministry have included worship services, bible study, staffing a local food kitchen, and spiritual retreats.
This collection has been arranged into seven series: Worship Services (1983-1999); Newsletters (1983-1987, 1997-1999); Campus Ministry Committee (1983-1993); Host Family Program (1985-1990); LCA Chaplaincy Grants (1975-1988); Miscellany (1981-1999); and Activities sponsored by Campus Ministries (1983-2007).
The Worship services series has been divided into three sub-series: Programs and liturgies; Memorial Services; and Sermons. The bulk of the series falls under the programs and liturgies sub-series which includes programs and other materials that were distributed at worship services on campus. The memorial services sub-series includes programs and other materials related to memorial service performed on campus. Most notable about this sub-series is the memorial information about Conrad Bergendoff. The sermons sub-series contains two transcripts of sermons delivered at worship services. One was delivered by Karin Zitzewitz in 1984 and the other by Conrad Bergendoff in 1985.
Over the years, the Campus Ministry program kept the community updated about their activities through their newsletters. The Newsletters series contains several examples of their newsletters. It is not a comprehensive collection.
The Campus Ministries Committee series
includes agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, worksheets, reports of sub-committees, and other materials. The Campus Ministries Committee, composed of Augustana College faculty and staff, support and guide programs of the Office of Campus Ministries.
The Host Family Program was an ongoing program sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministries that was formed during a meeting in May of 1985. The purpose of the program is to host international students who attend Augustana College. The Host Family Program series consists of correspondence, lists of participating hosts and students, information sheets about host families and students, notes, and other materials. This program was transferred over to the Office of Student Services in 1989.
Another program that the Campus Ministries participated in for several consecutive years was a Lutheran Church in America (LCA) Chaplaincy Grant Program sponsored by the Department for Higher Education, Division for Mission in North America. The purpose of the grant program was to "develop programs of Christian training and witness within the campus community" (Chaplaincy Grant Program Guidelines, 1981-1982). At Augustana, the grants were used to bring in various speakers and programs to campus. Some titles of the programs at Augustana include "Jewish-Christian Dialogue," "Women, Wholeness, and the Church," and "Church-relatedness as Resource for Students and Faculty." The earliest grant paperwork contained in this collection is from 1975. This predates the Office of Campus Ministries, but as the program was continued until at least 1987-1988 and the paperwork was kept together, the series of LCA Chaplaincy Grants remains with this collection. Richard A. Swanson was the chaplain listed on the grant proposals until the 1984-1985 when Phil Schroeder took on that title. The LCA Chaplaincy Grants series contains the grant applications, grant guidelines, correspondence, project evaluations, and supporting materials.
The Miscellany series contains groups of items that don't fit easily into the other series. This series includes a wide variety of items including press releases, information about fund raisers, a Campus Ministry calendar from 1987, a student paper on the stained glass windows on campus, information about artist in residence Jeffrey Cohan, and an essay called "On Seminary Hill" by Conrad Bergendoff.
The Activities sponsored by Campus Ministries series is one of the larger series in the collection. It contains announcements and other publicity for speakers, events, and retreats. It includes information about one-time events as well as on-going programs such as Amnesty International and Windows on the World. The series is arranged chronologically. Some folders are labeled just with a school year such as "1985-1986" and contain any flyers from that year. If there is more material for a single event, folders are labeled with the specific events contained within the folder. The most recent materials are emailed notices about upcoming events. In some cases these are invitations to the annual Christmas celebration in Andover in other cases, these are reminders about a weekly prayer service. In some cases, this series overlaps with the worship services series.
Programs and liturgies
1983 [4 folders]
1984 [9 folders]
1985 [9 folders]
1986 [9 folders]
Programs and liturgies (continued)
1987 [9 folders]
1988 [5 folders]
George Opheim, 1984
Richard Spring, 1985
Lincoln Smith, 1985
Paul A. Johnson, 1985
Roy J. Phelps, 1986
Ron Moore, 1987
Victor R. Pearson, 1989
Conrad Bergendoff, 1998
"Catholic Student Bulletin," 1983-1985
"Augustana Campus Ministry Newsletter," 1985-1986
"The Cornerstone," 1986-1987
"Divestment Watch," 1987
"Collegium," circa 1997-1999
Campus Ministry Committee
Campus Ministry Committee (continued)
Host Family Program
International Concerns retreat/workshop, October 30-31, 1987
1988-1989 (2 folders)
LCA Chaplaincy Grants
LCA Chaplaincy Grants (continued)
1985-1986 (2 folders)
"The Meeting Place" sculpture, undated
Organ in Ascension Chapel, 1981
"On Seminary Hill" by Conrad Bergendoff
"Augustana Glass," 1983
Installation of new campus pastors, 1983-1984
Press releases, 1983-1987
Application for Campus Ministry intern, 1984
Photograph, circa 1984
Artist in Residence, Jeffrey Cohan, 1984-1986
Correspondence with and about Madeleine L'Engle, 1984-1987
Ed Lauhon fund, 1985
Lauhon-Mink fund, 1985
Greek Groups Study Committee, 1985-1986
Commencement and Convocation programs, 1985-1987
Kathy Kane fund, 1986-1987
Church Year Calendar, 1987
Correspondence from Jim Wheeler, 1990-1995
Bergendoff interview notes, 1994
Marty Haugen and liturgical music, 1994
Augustana Board of Trustees meeting, May 1999
Activities sponsored by Campus Ministries
Faculty retreat, January 1984
Royal Lichtenstein Quarter Ring Sidewalk Circus, 1984
125th Anniversary of Augustana College Celebration, 1985
Walter Wangerin, January 1985
John Henry Weidner, 1985
Fountain Square Fools, September 1985
Otto Bremer, October 1985
Martin Marty, December 1985
"Christian Faith and the U.S. Economy," January 1986
Godspell, January-February, 1986
Activities sponsored by Campus Ministries (continued)
Faculty-Student retreat, September 1986
Hunger Awareness, October 1986
Richard Wernicke, October 1986
Hans May, October 1986
Raymond Hunthauser, October 1986
Maurice Ngakane, January 1987
Church-Watch, January 1987
Staley Lecture series, Richard Caemmerer,1987
Richard Caemmerer, February 1987
Windows on the World, 1986-1987
Faculty-Student retreat, September 1987
Windows on the World, 1987-1988