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A Sesquicentennial Compact

In thanksgiving for the leadership of Paul Nordland Andersen, Ole Tollefsen Andrewson, Lars Paul Esbjörn, Tuve Nilsson Hasselquist and the thirty-seven others who gathered at the Norwegian Lutheran Church at Jefferson Prairie and formed the Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod on June 5, 1860, we, the undersigned, do hereby:

  • Give thanks for the vision, dedication and steadfastness of those who came before us, and especially our forebears in the leadership of Lutheran higher education in North America, of whose legacy we pledge ourselves to be good stewards;
  • Proclaim the mission of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, to offer a challenging education that develops qualities of mind, spirit and body necessary for a rewarding life of leadership and service in a diverse and changing world;
  • Proclaim the mission of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to provide an education of enduring worth that challenges the intellect, fosters integrity and integrates faith with learning and service in a diverse world;
  • Confess with all the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America our belief that we are marked by the cross of Christ forever, and thereby claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world;
  • Affirm the essential role of higher education in equipping all persons for the vocation they receive from God to serve their neighbor, and
  • Recommit ourselves, severally and in partnership between these institutions and with all colleges and universities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, to this good ministry.

In witness whereof, and in gratitude for the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Augustana Synod, we affix our names this Fifth of June, 2010, at Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church.

Steven C. Bahls

President, Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois

Robert C. Oliver

President, Augustana College
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Rev. Mark N. Wilhelm

Associate Director, Vocation and Education
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America