Entries tagged with ‘Augustana Synod’

Factoid Friday

  Did you know… that in 1905, the Augustana Synod (forerunner of the ELCA) banned intercollegiate athletic competition from its colleges. One year before, in 1904, President Mattson had enforced a ban on athletics at Gustavus. These rulings were met with fierce opposition. After many years of student protest, the Synod reinstated athletics in 1910. […]

Factoid Friday!

In 1905, the Augustana Synod of the Lutheran Church (a predecessor to the ELCA) enforced an intercollegiate athletic ban, believing too much emphasis was being placed on athletics to the detriment of morals and academics. After strong opposition by students, the ban was lifted in 1910, except for football, which remained banned until 1917.  When […]

Factoid Friday!

In 1862, a congregation of of Swedish Lutheran immigrants in Red Wing,  Minn., appropriated funds so their pastor, Eric Norelius, might start a school for their children. Other congregations in the Minnesota Conference of the new Augustana Synod were seeking “preachers and teachers” and appealed to Norelius to open his school to their students as […]