Center for Faith and Learning Announces Upcoming Retreat, Conference Opportunities

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Capital University's Center for Faith and Learning announces three important opportunities for faculty and staff to participate in spring and summer retreats and conferences about vocation, interfaith understanding, leadership and more.

All expenses for the conferences not already covered through Evangelical Lutheran Church in America grants will be covered by the Center for Faith and Learning. For more information or to register, contact Pastor Gary Sandberg, dean of the Chapel, at or 614-236-7737. 


The Big Questions Retreat

May 29-31 at Camp Mowana, in Mansfield, Ohio 

This is a retreat to consider the implications of Hope: for our lives, our vocations and for Capital. The Big Questions Retreat has been a staple for Capital faculty and staff for over 15 years. The positive responses we receive show that this continues to be an effective way to grow in community and in learning. Registration is limited to 16 participants and is now open.


A Conference on Interfaith Understanding at ELCA Universities

June 1-3, at Augustana College, in Rock Island, Ill.

There is an opening for a faculty member to join this team of five people from Capital, composed of Pastor Gary Sandberg, dean of the Chapel; the director of Diversity and Inclusion; two students; and a faculty member. The Interfaith Alliance on campus will identify two students of differing faith backgrounds. If you would like to suggest a student or faculty member (including yourself), please contact Pastor Gary, or Rachel Fountain, president of the Interfaith Alliance, 

This conference provides an opportunity to discuss best practices, tools for, and real stories of exploring interfaith engagement and developing interfaith literacy on ELCA college and university campuses. This conference will help cohort teams from each campus plan for interfaith engagement on their own campuses. Speakers and facilitators include:

  • Eboo Patel of Interfaith Youth Core (and 2011 Unified Theme keynote speaker at Capital)  
  • Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (and former Capital trustee)  
  • A panel of ELCA College and University Presidents 


Lutheran Vocation Conference 

July 21-23, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minn.  

The conference will begin with dinner on Monday, July 21, and conclude with lunch on Wednesday, July 23. The theme is: The Vocation of Leadership: What does this mean? Capital can send up to five people. You do not have to be Lutheran to attend; this conference is intended for anyone at an ELCA university. Presentations and speakers include:

  • Vocation and the Mission of Lutheran Higher Education, Mark Wilhelm, program director for schools, ELCA 
  • Vocation and Leadership, Darrell Jodock, professor, Department of Religion, St. Olaf College  
  • Sharing Leadership within the College Setting, Leanne Nielson, provost, California Lutheran University 
  • Leadership Experiences on Campus, Chris Johnson, Gustavus Adolphus College 
  • Enhancing One’s Own Leadership, Faith Ngunjiri, Concordia College 


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