Photos from Gathering VIII

FoundersHello, and welcome to the home of the Augustana Heritage Association.

The purpose of the Augustana Heritage Association is to define, promote and perpetuate the heritage and legacy of the Augustana Lutheran Church (1860-1962) which merged with the American Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC), the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church (Suomi Synod) and the United Lutheran Church in America (ULCA) in 1962 to form the Lutheran Church in America (LCA). In 1986 the LCA - Canada Section and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada merged to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). In 1988 the remaining portion of the LCA merged with the American Lutheran Church (ALC) and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC) to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Membership in the Augustana Heritage Association is open to all those who have an interest in preserving the heritage and legacy of the Augustana Lutheran Church (originally named "Synod"). Download the Augustana Heritage Association Membership Form »

Dr. G. Everett Arden, long-time Professor of Church History and Liturgics at Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois, in his book, Augustana Heritage: A History of the Augustana Lutheran Church, published by the Augustana Press in 1963, wrote: "The Augustana Lutheran Church has embodied and represented the essentials of the Swedish tradition of the Lutheran Church in the religious life of America. The roots of Augustana are deeply imbedded in the soil of Sweden, and though there may be some arguments about whether or not Augustana may properly be called a 'daughter' of the Church of Sweden, there can be no argument or doubt as to the vital relationship between the two and the significant contributions which a Swedish heritage has made to Augustana and, through it, to America..."

Dr. Maria Erling, Associate Professor of Christianity in North America and Global Mission at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Dr. Mark Granquist, Visiting Associate Professor of Church History at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, in their recently published book, The Augustana Story: Shaping Lutheran Identity in North America, have written that the Augustana Lutheran Church was the largest organization ever founded by Swedish Americans and that it gave birth to a large number of literary works, colleges and hospitals, as well as a theological seminary.

Welcome to the Augustana Heritage Association!

Of Interest

Lost Manuscript Found

In 2009, a previously "lost" manuscript—the autobiography of Rev. Bernard Spong, a Lutheran pastor from the Augustana tradition—was discovered within the extensive archives of the Spong Family. The manuscript is one of several documents to shed light on how Lutheran theology underwent a substantial change in the 1930s at Augustana Lutheran Seminary in Rock Island.

Visit Kurt Johnson's website to learn more. »

Coming Events

The Augustana Valedictory

A Living Heritage
Trinity Lutheran Church
Lansdale, PA
June 24-26, 2016

Registration Form

Valedictory Schedule

Event Poster (suitable for printing)


Photos from Gathering VII (Augustana College)

Video from Gathering VII