Join Us in Germany for a Martin Luther Tour
Augustana will travel to Germany in 2014 to celebrate the life and times of Martin Luther. Augustana's Luther Scholar, Dr. Chris Croghan '91, will lead the tour along with Mary Toso '90, Director of Alumni Relations. The tour is scheduled to depart June 5 and return June 15.
The tour highlights many sites important in the life of Martin Luther including:
Also included are a winery and brewery tour, a cruise on the Rhine River and entrance to the Luther Wedding Festival. We will finish out our visit with a free day to explore the city of Berlin.
- Erfurt, where Luther attended university.
- Wartburg Castle, where Luther hid after the Worms debate, and where he translated the New Testament from its original Greek to German.
- Eisleben, where we will visit the house where Martin Luther was born and also the one where he died, both now museums.
Church of St. Peter and Paul, where he was baptized.
St. Andrew’s Church, where he lay in state.
Market Square, with the Luther Memorial.
Wittenberg, home of Martin and Katie Luther for 36 years.
Castle Church where he posted his 95 Theses.
St. Mary’s Church where he preached.
View the Itinerary.
To express interest in this tour, please contact Mary Toso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Dr. Chris Croghan
is driven by the same motives that inspired Luther - a deep seated
concern for the proclamation of the Gospel and the care of souls. These
motivations inspired Chris to help establish and direct the Luther House of Study
(LHOS) at Augustana College and Sioux Falls Seminary. Trained as a
Reformation scholar specializing in the life and teachings of Martin
Luther, pastoral ministry remains central to Chris’ vocational identity.
Dr. Croghan teaches Reformation history, Lutheran Confessional
writings, history of Christian worship, and introductory religion
courses. As the Director for the LHOS, Chris teaches at Augustana and
Sioux Falls Seminary, and also serves as a resource for various SD Synod
programs. Chris hopes the LHOS will nurture the proclamation of the
Gospel in this region, thus benefiting current and future Lutheran
clergy, lay professionals and congregation members.
Spain: May 25 - June 6, 2014
France: June 6-14, 2014
Want to Join us?
Contact Paul Rohde
Camino de Santiago
May 25 – June 6, 2014
Join us for this walking pilgrimage with Augustana students and alumni between Leon and Sarria, Spain, culminating with a celebration in the Cathedral of Santiago.
We walk an average of 16 miles/day. Practice walking and good shoes are essential! Spanish is helpful but not required.
Tour includes ground transportation from Madrid, highlight tours of Madrid, Leon, and Santiago, all accommodations, 2 meals/day, admission to the Peregrino museum in Santiago. A group flight will be arranged from Sioux Falls OR participants may meet the tour in Madrid. Cost is $1500 plus airfare. Participants have the option of extending to Geneva/Taize, June 7-14.
The Camino de Santiago is one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in Europe. We walk daily with thousands of pilgrims from around the world. For some it is physical challenge, for others renewal of faith and spirit, for all it is connection to God’s stunningly beautiful earth and diverse neighbors. Sam Ogdie'72, from the Spanish department, and Campus Pastor Paul Rohde are leading the walk for the second time. Students who participated in 2011 met walkers from both Europe and Asia, loved the challenge and delighted in the renewing reprieve of simple focus.
Taize' — A Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth
June 6-14, 2014
Consider taking part in this week of prayer, community and solidarity for Augustana students, alumni and friends.
Coordinated by Pastor Paul Rohde and Spanish Instructor Sam Ogdie '72, the
trip includes 2 nights lodging in Geneva, group transportation to and
from Taize, and all program costs, dorm lodging, simple food (in
solidarity with the poor), and a celebration dinner in Cluny (real
French cuisine in one of the most prominent medieval pilgrimage cities
in Europe). A group flight will be arranged from Sioux Falls or
participants may meet the tour in Geneva. Cost is $500 plus airfare.
Participants have the option of combining this trip with the Camino de
Santiago, May 25-June 6.
Taize’ is an ecumenical monastery in the Burgundy region of France devoted to the renewal of faith among young adults and solidarity with the poor. While the focus is people under age 30, their friends and supporters are welcome to join the group. Each year some 100,000 young adults from all over the world gather in Taize to worship, pray, and learn and discuss ways of peace for the world. Taize’ is most well known for the simple, chanted prayers that are its worship. Each day, brothers of the community introduce a Bible reflection, followed by a time of silence and sharing in small groups. Afternoon workshops deepen connections between faith and life in social questions, art and culture, work and the search for world peace.
|Sam Ogdie, Instructor, Spanish
Sam Ogdie received his Masters Degree in Selected Studies from the University of South Dakota and teaches the department's courses in Intermediate Spanish, Spanish for Medical Professionals, and an Education 310 class in Secondary School Methods for World Language Teachers. Professor Ogdie leads Interim courses to Spain and Morocco, and to Chile. Before coming to Augustana, Professor Ogdie was the Department Chair of World Languages at O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. In the past 15 years he has received three National Endowment Grants to study topics in the Spanish language and culture, a scholarship from the Spanish Embassy to study in Salamanca and three trips with Ohio and Michigan State professors to study and live in Latin American Countries. In 2002, Professor Ogdie received The U.S. Department of Education "Teachers Recognition Award" in Washington D.C. Professor Ogdie is Chair of Augustana's Co-Curriculum Committee and is the faculty advisor for the campus Chess Club. He holds a South Dakota Real Estate Broker's license and works closely with the Sioux Falls Hispanic Community to find affordable housing.
|Rev. Dr. Paul Rohde, Campus Pastor
Paul Rohde holds a BA and MA from South Dakota State University. He completed a Masters of Divinity at Luther Theological Seminary and is an ordained pastor in the ELCA. He recently earned his Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Paul also holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mankato, Minn. Prior to coming to Augustana College in 2001, Rohde served congregations in New Ulm, Minn.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Lake Preston, S.D. He has been a leader on the Board of Directors for Holden Village, Chelan, Wash., since 1998. Paul and his wife Susan have three daughters. He enjoys reading, hiking, camping, biking, gardening and traveling.
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Contact Mary Toso
There is no place on earth quite like Israel! Come and experience the fascinating roots of the three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. You will come face-to-face with the mysterious intermix of religion, politics, and culture in the land of Israel. We will visit Jerusalem, walk throughout the old city, visit the holy sites of all three of the Abrahamic religions, see and touch the place where Jesus was crucified at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, pray at the Western Wall, visit the Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, take a boat ride on the Galilee, and see the place called Masada, where Jews refused to capitulate to Roman battalions.
An expert guide will accompany the group at all times. Additionally, two Augustana faculty members will be part of the group: Dr. Murray Haar, Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies, and his wife, Professor Jill Storm, Adjunct Professor of Hebrew and Religious Studies. Dr. Haar has taken students to Israel and visited Israel numerous times. He understands the religious and political makeup of Israel and will be there to help you understand what you are seeing. Prof. Storm has an expert knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and is a passionate, exciting teacher. She will make everyone aware of the beauty and mystery of the Hebrew language.
|Dr. Murray Haar, Professor, Religion and Jewish Studies
Murray Haar is the chair of the Religion, Philosophy, Classics Department. Dr. Haar is a professor of religion and Jewish studies. He teaches courses dealing with the Holocaust, Judaism and Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, religion, violence, courage, and evil. He also teaches Hebrew and Jewish philosophy. Haar has taken students to Israel and India. He has published a number of articles and given a variety of papers dealing with Israel and the Holocaust. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. Haar enjoys all kind of music, old movies, watching television and playing Scrabble with his wife, and baseball (Yankees and Twins).
|Jill Storm, Instructor, Hebrew and Religious Studies
Jill Storm is an adjunct professor and has been teaching for Augustana College since 2008. She teaches Exploring the Christian Faith, Judaism and the Jewish people, Beginning Hebrew and Hebrew Readings. Storm has also taught courses in the Sioux Falls community dealing with Judaism and the Book of Genesis. Storm also teaches courses for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She holds an M.A. in Selected Studies in Religion from Augustana.
Past Alumni Travel
Augustana alumni have had the opportunity to travel to many interesting locations in the past few years. Recent trips have taken us to Greece (2013), Norway (2011), England/Scotland (2009), and Italy (2008). Alumni have also accompanied our music ensembles on international travel experiences. Alumni traveled with the The Augustana Choir (2013) to Central Europe and with the Augustana Band on their 2011 trip to Egypt and their 2007 trip to China.
Here's what alumni who traveled to Greece had to say about their experience:
"What a trip!! It was so well organized. The group was supportive. Rocki and David were outstanding! The tour company had selected nice hotels, and transportation was comfortable and met every schedule. Thank you for all you have done to assist us in this marvelous trip! p.s. The food and wine - second to none!"
- Joyce Nelson '56
"The 2013 Augustana Alumni and Friends tour of Greece was a trip of a lifetime for my wife and me. The trip had everything you could ask for: fabulous scenery, wonderful people, fantastic food, great shopping, comfortable travel accommodations, and opportunities to explore history and cultural changes that affected how we in America and we Christians came to be what we are today. All within a relaxing environment where major decisions such as hotels, travel from one locale to another, etc. were taken care of for us. The tour guides and the Augustana professors were very knowledgeable and conveyed the information in ways that helped create lasting memories. Best of all: we had great fun!"
- Ward Herst, Augustana parent
If you would like to be added to our list of alumni interested in travel, please contact us in the Alumni Office
. We are always seeking ideas for destinations as well. If you have ideas, send them our way
Alumni insight from the January 2011 Egypt adventure
Photos from the June 2011 "Go Viking!" trip to Norway