Project on Vocation at Lutheran Colleges

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Start Date: 
Sat, 06/01/1996
End Date: 
Sat, 05/31/1997

This project supported an ongoing effort of the Division for Higher Education and Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to enhance the religious identity of Lutheran colleges and universities in the United States. Under the direction of James Unglaube, the ELCA program entitled “The Vocation of a Lutheran College” generated discussion and ideas about Lutheran identity through (1) regular conferences for faculty members, administrators, and graduate students from Lutheran colleges; (2) grants to sponsor campus-based dialogues on this topic; and, (3) the creation of a “modest” publication intended to serve as a resource for those interested in the Vocation of a Lutheran College project. Towards the first goal, the project funded two conferences. One was held in August 1996 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the other in August 1997 at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. These conferences were designed to initiate discussions that could be formally continued on Lutheran college campuses. To assist in this effort, the ELCA provided small grants to twenty-two of their twenty-eight affiliated colleges. The third goal of the project was realized with the creation of Intersections: Faith + Life + Learning, a newsletter published twice a year by the ELCA’s Division for Higher Education and Schools. This newsletter’s first issue was published in August 1996. Articles include papers presented at the conferences on the Vocation of a Lutheran College and other pieces related to connecting faith to teaching and learning. (AS)