Faith and Learning Integration Links and Quotes

Here is the handout for my faculty presentation on the integration of faith and learning, the week of August 8, 2016, at King University:

Some seek knowledge for
The sake of knowledge:
That is curiosity.

Others seek knowledge so that
They themselves may be known:
That is vanity.

But there are still others
Who seek knowledge in
Order to serve and edify others:
And that is charity.
– Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

King’s Mission Statement: To build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.

WHY strive to unite faith and learning?

WHAT is the theory behind faith-learning integration?

HOW do I begin?

 

Useful links:

Videos of professors sharing their teaching and learning: http://www.cccu.org/professional_development/Faith%20and%20Learning%20Integration/flic (sorted by discipline; each video is about 10 minutes long)

Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College: http://www.calvin.edu/kuyers/ (they have a journal, conference, and more)

A collection of faith and learning resources: http://www.virtualsalt.com/int/

King’s curated collection: http://king.libguides.com/faithandlearning

Bibliography of resources: https://www.uu.edu/dockery/FaithLearnBooklet_Fa07.pdf

Center for Teaching Excellence at Liberty (includes lots of links to other university sites): https://www.liberty.edu/academics/cte/?PID=25719

Professors share their stories of integrating faith and learning in small textual tidbits: https://www.liberty.edu/academics/cte/index.cfm?PID=26885

Quotes to chew on

Frederick Buechner, on writing Xmas instead of Christmas: “It is tempting to say that what you do with this time that you save is your own business. Briefly stated, however, the Christian position is that there’s no such thing as your own business” (Listening to Your Life 203).

Buechner, on vocation: “…we should go with our lives where we most need to go and where we are most needed” (Secrets in the Dark 39).

“If Christian education is not merely about acquiring a Christian perspective or a Christian worldview, what is its goal? Its goal, I’m suggesting, is the same as the goal of Christian worship: to form radical disciples of Jesus and citizens of the baptismal city who, communally, take up the creational task of being God’s image bearers, unfolding the cultural possibilities latent in creation—but doing so empowered by the Spirit, following the example of Jesus’s cruciform cultural labor” (Smith, Desiring the Kingdom 220).

“FLI [faith-learning integration], like all effective teaching, is less about the teacher lecturing and more about the teacher engaging students in learning and practicing faith in the context of academics and professional practice” (Roso, Faith and Learning in Action 69, http://education.biola.edu/static/media/downloads/roso.pdf).

“The goal is for students to be qualified to reveal God to others (Byrne, 1977) through their chosen professions. How can I as a professor [] reveal God to others? Hosea 12:6 says I am to return to God, observe kindness and justice, and wait for God continually. I must walk close to Christ while also showing compassion to those who need it the most” (Ibid, 69).

For Future Reading

Desiring the Kingdom (2009) and Imagining the Kingdom (2013), James K.A. Smith

Faith and Learning: A Handbook for Christian Higher Education (2012)

Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life (2008)

Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning (2011)

 

 

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