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Ascension Chapel in the spring at Augustana. See the inside of the chapel in this virtual tour.

A Lutheran college?

"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me."

Matthew: 10:40 NRSV

As a college related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Augustana College is committed to meeting the spiritual needs of all its students. The college's relationship to the church requires respect for all persons, regardless of religious preferences.

The Office of Campus Ministries is a primary resource for students seeking spiritual guidance, providing opportunities for worship, learning, and service during the school year. There are two full-time chaplains who are available to all students and a student leadership team who serve as peer mentors and event planners for Campus Ministries. For the 2013-2014 school year our theme is "Welcome Home." We seek to model hospitality in all that we do. Keep reading to find out more about Campus Ministries!

Spring break service trip

The group from campus ministries' Appalachian service trip in 2014.
The group from campus ministries' Appalachian service trip in 2014. 

Since 2009, Campus Ministries' "Alternative Spring Break" has take Augustana students to Appalachia. Working a variety of jobs, mainly housing improvement jobs through Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Ky., the group affects the lives of others, and also their own lives.

The jobs completed throughout the week ranged from insulating an attic, to flooring projects, ramps, porches, decks, and replacing a roof on a house. Even though there is work to be done all day, there is still plenty of time to relax, reflect, and just hang out and get to know everyone better. It's safe to say that despite the 625 mile trip from Rock Island to Frakes, it is a spring break to never forget.

The next group will be going in February 2015. Contact Campus Ministries for more information.

Wednesday Night Chapel

"Every Wednesday night at 9:30, my friends and I cram into a pew under those arches [in Ascension Chapel]....What is most Augustana-y about Augustana surrounds me at this service, like the candlelight that fills the chapel's dark corners and reaches its high ceilings. Kneeling in the dark at the altar, praying with my peers, I think to myself how precariously everything is balanced. What if I had gone to a different school, what if I had lived in a different residence hall, what if I had chosen a different major, what if... I must have just gotten lucky, I decide. I close my eyes and thank God for bringing me to such a wonderful home."
Anonymous Augustana student

Five Faith Commitments

As part of Augustana's dedication to helping students not just develop academically, but to grow in mind, spirit and body, we present our Five Faith Commitments, aspirations that reflect the importance in the church relationship of the college.

Have a question or something you want to share with us? Email us at Campus Ministries.

We are proud to be a Reconciling in Christ congregation, welcoming students of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, colors, creeds, ethnic backgrounds, and individuals with disabilities to participate fully in our ministry.

Intersections fall 2014 issue

Intersections is a publication by and largely for the academic communities of the
26 colleges and universities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Each
issue reflects on the intersection of faith, learning, and teaching within Lutheran higher education.

It is published by the Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit of the ELCA, and has its home at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., the institutional sponsor of the publication. Intersections extends and enhances discussions fostered by the nnual Vocation of the Lutheran College Conference, together lifting up the vocation of Lutheran colleges and universities.

It aims to raise the level of awareness among faculty, staff, and administration about the Lutheran heritage and church-relatedness of their institutions, especially as these intersect with contemporary challenges, opportunities, and initiatives.

This issue of Intersections features the work of many artists. Sarah Bromberger, Augustana College Class of 2016, took the digital photograph of five student  participants in the Interfaith Understanding Conference at Augustana, June 1-3, 2014. Each hails from one of the 17 ELCA colleges and universities that participated 
in the conference. 

Behind the students is a section of a 100 foot-long mural, entitled Cadence of Diversity, painted on a concrete wall on the east side of Augustana's campus. Working with more than 50 Augustana students, art professor Peter Xiao led the mural's design and execution in 2009 and 2010.