Augsburg University is about 1.5 miles north of the epicenter of the uprising in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. A thriving congregation in the Twin Cities from this day on must be actively engaged in dismantling white supremacy and leading in racial justice. The Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV) at Augsburg University creates systems that generate opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to experience vocational discernment through partnerships with local faith communities for the common good. The Thriving Congregations Initiative grant will enable Augsburg’s CCV to expand and solidify the future of this work with congregations and the university community. We have been doing this work for three years with an expanding ecumenical network of ELCA, PCUSA, UMC, and ECUSA congregations located in urban, suburban, and exurban neighborhoods. We will walk with our partners through two consecutive two-year learning communities consisting of leadership teams from 12 congregations. Our hope is to develop an ecumenical network of 24 congregations over five years who are becoming more deeply engaged in the proclamation of Christ’s good news in transformative ways in their contexts.
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