• Allison Pelyhes

Numen Lumen l Rev. Julie Tonnesen '14 l 3/3/2022

Rev. Julie Tonnesen shares about her dreams that went unacknowledged and how they revealed new ideas of who she could be when she was ready. She shares that goodness abounds regardless of whether those who listen to her story find themselves seeing their dreams come true.

Rev. Julie Tonnesen (she/her) currently serves as the LEAF Campus Minister and Spirit and Pride Coordinator. In addition, she serves as the Associate Pastor at Macedonia Lutheran Church in Burlington, NC. Julie supports LEAF students through pastoral care, worship leadership, faith formation, and program development. Furthermore, Julie serves on Elon University’s Council of Chaplains. As Spirit and Pride Coordinator, Julie partners with Elon’s Gender and LGBTQIA Center to support the spiritual lives of LGBTQIA students.

Julie is a 2014 graduate of Elon University and received her Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 2019. She completed additional coursework at Luther Seminary. Julie was ordained as a pastor to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2020. Julie is passionate about fostering spaces where young adults can ask hard questions about faith and life and develop expressions of their faith that are authentic and sustainable in college and beyond.

In addition to all things Elon, Julie loves reading, spending time outdoors with her friends and family, and her dog, Gracie.


Our Numen Lumen theme this year invites speakers and musicians to ponder the idea of dreaming. “Dreaming” will push our community to traverse the passive and active forms that dreaming takes in our lives. Speakers will explore the literal and figurative series of images, ideas, sensations, and emotions in the mind and through their work.

We ask speakers to ponder where reality and dreaming meet, what form dreaming takes in their everyday lives, and how dreaming directs their pathway. Can dreaming be a productive form of activism? Is dreaming strictly forward-thinking, or can it exist without time restraints? Is dreaming simply an involuntary experience? How may dreaming be dangerous, or irresponsible in the face of real-world issues? Or, where can it be a useful instrument? What are the burdens of dreaming? What or who makes you dream?

We encourage you to share your thoughts and responses to our speaker in the comment section below!

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