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Spiritual Explorations

Living out who you are called to be everyday is deeply connected to the spiritual side of life.  Whether you recognize your vocation in being a neighbor, friend, minister, banker, teacher,  or any combination of these and other callings, who we are called to be is a way we live out who we are on the inside in service to the world .  The Center offers these opportunities for spiritual exploration.

Spiritual Companioning
Spiritual companioning is the reflective practice of accompanying and supporting a person or group as they awaken to the spiritual in everyday life. With the help of a trained Spiritual Director you receive support and encouragement on life's journey to have a deeper relationship with the Holy throughout all of life.  Connect with other students on the journey for mutual conversation through Group Spiritual Companioning.  Group sessions will be held at 6:30pm in the 2nd Floor Lounge of Carlsson Evald Hall weeks 3 and 7 of each term.  More interested in a one-on-one process? Contact the CVR to connect with one of these trained spiritual directors:

  • Dr. Pat Shea, Phd, M.A., B.A.: Assistant Professor in Augustana's Education Department. Pat completed her certificate in spiritual direction through The Haden Institute.
  • Pastor Dan Witkowski, M.Div., M.A., B.A.: pastor of First Lutheran Church in Moline, Illinois.  Dan completed his certificate in spiritual direction from Creighton University.

Working with Faith
Where your faith meets the needs of the community
Students interested in faith-based service gather together to support one another and explore how faith impacts their vocation.   This group explores such ministries as Christian counseling, missionary work, ordained ministry, lay ministry, and volunteer work.  Events like the Theology of the Potluck, panel discussions, and workshops exploring student's gifts for ministry help them deepen their understanding of who God is calling them to be.

Seminary Connections
The Center seeks to accompany you as you discern a call to seminary through conversation and information. The CVR sponsors seminary trips for students interested in graduate work in theological studies.  Trips occur in the Fall and Spring and vary in their destination from as close as Dubuque, IA, Chicago and Minneapolis to as far as California.  Students interested in visiting any seminary may contact the CVR for support and help in planning their visits.  In addition, the CVR hosts admissions representatives from diverse seminaries and offers information on the process of applying to seminary and funding resources such as  Visit our Theological Education resource page for more information.

Servant Leader Internships
Students interested in ministry are encouraged to gain firsthand experience with church organizations and are eligible for our internship grants.  Click here for more information on our Servant Leader Internships.