Chaplains' Office

“Holy Crap” (2016 Commencement Day Baccalaureate Sermon)

The following recording (see link below) is Chaplain Brian Konkol’s 2016 Commencement Day Baccalaureate sermon, “Holy Crap”, given in Christ Chapel on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) on May 29, 2016. The preaching text is Matthew 28:16-20.  The Rev. Dr. Brian E. Konkol serves as Chaplain of the College, teaches in the Peace Studies program and Three […]

The Scandal of God’s Criminal Justice is Forgiveness

The following homily was published with the Huffington Post on April 12, 2016, and taken from a homily given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) on April 11, 2016. The 2nd Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel holds a most horrific story, as it shares a section of Scripture that […]

Conflict is Life and Listening is Living

  * The following text is taken from a homily given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), on March 7, 2016. Please note that the below manuscript was written with the intention for it to be heard, not read, thus the various grammatical choices were made with an […]

When Good is Not Common

* The following text is taken from a sermon given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), on February 14, 2016, for the First Sunday in the Season of Lent. Please note that the below manuscript was written with the intention for it to be heard, not read, thus […]

A Commitment to Community with Muslim Students, Faculty, Staff and Neighbors

As Christian and Muslim religious life professionals, we are deeply grieved by the rise of Islamophobia in our nation. The Office of the Chaplains at Gustavus stands in solidarity with our Muslim students, faculty, staff and neighbors. As a church-related college rooted in Swedish and Lutheran values, community and justice are at the forefront of […]

Do Not Be Afraid?

* The following transcript is from a homily given in Christ Chapel, based on Matthew 14:27, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota) on September 21, 2015. Please note that the below manuscript was written with the intention for it to be heard, not read, thus the various grammatical choices (which are […]

Illuminating the Mission: 7 Days – 7 Pages: Office of the Chaplains to turn a page of The Saint John’s Bible in Christ Chapel each day of Pope Francis’ historic visit to North America (September 21-27, 2015)

As a symbol of unity and hospitality, the Office of the Chaplains will join schools, churches, libraries and hospitals in “Illuminating the Mission: 7 Days – 7 Pages” Beginning on Monday, Sept. 21, and each day of Pope Francis’s historic visit to North America, the Office of the Chaplains at Gustavus Adolphus College will join […]

Coming Out of the Closet

* The following transcript is from a sermon given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota), to welcome the incoming Class of 2019 on September 6, 2015. Please note that the below manuscript was written with the intention for it to be heard, not read, thus the various grammatical choices (which […]

Prayer to Open the Legislative Session for the Minnesota State House of Representatives

The following prayer was  offered through an invitation of the Minnesota State House of Representatives, to open their legislative session at the Minnesota State Capitol (St. Paul, Minn.) on May 8, 2015. Youthful and Spirited God, we gather: Thankful for the days that have been, enthusiastic for this day that is, and hopeful for the days that […]

Both Freedom and Form: Yearning, Learning and Jazz

“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts” (Psalm 119:45). * The following text is taken from a sermon given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), on April 12, 2015 for a Canterbury Jazz Mass under the musical leadership of the Theodicy Jazz Collective. Please […]