appetite for knowledge and beauty exists in the human mind and God makes no
appetite in vain. We can therefore pursue knowledge as such, and beauty as such,
in the sure confidence that by doing so we are either advancing to the vision of
God ourselves or indirectly helping others to do so."
C.S. Lewis, Learning
in Wartime; The Weight of Glory.
Collegium provides Union University
faculty with a concentrated opportunity to consider the integration of faith and
learning as a natural outworking of discipleship to Jesus Christ. Through
reading, reflection, dialogue, and prayer, attending faculty grapple with the
Biblical doctrines of creation, incarnation and redemption and their
implications for Christians called to the academy. Integration is not just an
intellectual issue, it is a discipleship issue. Thus, Collegium encourages
faculty to practice spiritual disciplines, reflect on Biblical doctrine and
place themselves at the feet of Christ, the author of all knowing. Discipline
specific opportunities are offered back on campus in the Continuing the
Those who are looking for
discipline-specific faith integration should attend the Continuing the
Dialogue sessions offered by the Center for Faculty Development each
semester. These sessions are designed as a follow-up to the Collegium and
focus on specific faith integration questions by discipline.
To develop a clearer
the history of higher education in
the vision of Christian higher
the Biblical doctrines of the
Christian faith: creation, incarnation, redemption and their implications
for faculty as they consider their discipline and make contributions.
the relationship between the
practice of spiritual disciplines and the pursuit of God at the center of
how faith influences learning.
- Complete all of the required
readings and reflect on questions provided before arrival.
- Attend the entire one and a half
day Collegium retreat.
- Attend Continuing the
Dialogue session (Fall) considering the implications of Biblical
doctrines and the values and philosophies of your academic discipline.
- Attend Practicing Spiritual
Disciplines session (Spring).
Readings for Reflection:
(Selections will be chosen from the
following works. Faculty will be expected to read the articles before the
collegium.) Books and materials are purchased by the President's office
and are distributed as soon as they register. This will allow participants to
have as much time as they need to read the materials. The total amount of reading is no more than 300 pages.
Learning in Wartime; The Weight of Glory;
Dallas Willard; The Spirit of the Disciplines;
Dietrich Bonhoeffer; The Cost of Discipleship
David S. Dockery; Integrating Faith and Learning: An Unapologetic
Christian Higher Education
Topics for Discussion:
- The Biblical Doctrines of
Creation, Incarnation, and Redemption and Implications for Faculty
- Terry Morrison, Ph.D.
(Syracuse University), National Director of Faculty Ministry for
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
- An Interdisciplinary Approach
to Faith Integration - Hal Poe
- Faith Integration: A Matter of
Discipleship - Nancy Thomas
Register through the Center for Faculty Development #5378.
|"There are many who seek
knowledge for the sake of knowledge:
that is curiosity.
There are others who desire to know in order that they themselves be
that is vanity.
Others seek knowledge in order to sell it:
that is dishonorable
But there are those who seek knowledge in order to edify others:
that is love."
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
This events and the books are funded by the President's Office.
Participation is limited to 12 faculty on a first come basis.