Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life


The best way to contribute to the life of the Ronning Centre is to attend events, to engage with us and with the visiting speakers as part of the conversation. Your voice enriches our collective conversation.

If you have suggestions for topics or themes that the Centre might address, or if you wish to receive email updates of our program offerings, please Contact Us. We would love to receive your contribution to shaping our program schedule.

In addition to contributing by your presence and your engagement with our events, we also invite your financial contributions, which enlarge the possibilities for the work we are able to do.

Friends of the Centre


The Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life focuses its work on a set of issues and themes that demand our attention whether or not we are religious.

And the Friends of the Chester Ronning Centre provides an opportunity for interested and concerned men and women to join us in a legacy project of the Augustana Faculty—to meet at the heart of compelling contemporary issues and themes and make it possible for many to learn and contribute to the understanding of religious perspectives on public life and public understanding of religious perspectives.

We invite you to become a Friend of the Centre by making a gift to support our work. By doing so, you join the table of hospitality that seeks to bring depth and texture to many of the compelling issues our time where religion, faith and public life intersect. Friends of the Chester Ronning Centre receive notice of our events, a copy of our newsletter, as well as opportunities to influence and support fruitful research and religious and public conversation on many of the most compelling issues of our day.

If you’d like to make a gift to support the work of the Ronning Centre, the link below will take you to our secure online giving page. You have several options.

Augustana Chester Ronning Centre Annual Fund is listed as a campus priority. Please enter your gift amount. A gift to the annual fund supports the day-to-day work of the Centre, allowing us to maintain our full schedule of speakers and programming, as well as providing publications and audio recordings of these events. 

Any other Ronning Centre Initiative: Please enter your gift amount under "area not listed" and where it asks "Would you like to direct your gift to an area not listed?," click the + sign and include Chester Ronning Centre and the specific initiative name as listed below.

  • The Distinguished Visiting Fellows endowment allows the Centre to attract scholars and public intellectuals who contribute throughtfully to the discussion of current issues and themes through lectures and publications.
  • The Ronning Centre International Fellows fund supports the Centre's work in making our fellows available to the news media to enrich the public conversation about issues relating to religion and public life through briefing papers and public forums and lectures.
  • The Ronning Centre Internships provides opportunities for Augustana students to work directly with the Centre staff on research projects and program development.



Make a Gift to the Ronning Centre


For more information or assistance with giving opportunities to the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public life please call Assistant Director of Development Bree Urkow (780) 679-1131.

Augustana Campus, University of Alberta
4901 - 46 Avenue, Camrose, AB   T4V 2R3

Assistant Director of Development