Collegium on Christ
Knowledge & Wisdom

Collegium on Christ, Knowledge & Wisdom
Linden Valley Camp
January 15, - January 16, 2002

Collegiums are held each January and June.


"An 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 Dialogue sessions.  

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 understanding of:

  • the history of higher education in America.

  • the vision of Christian higher education.

  • 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 all knowing.

  • how faith influences learning.

Participation Includes:

    1. Complete all of the required readings and reflect on questions provided before arrival.
    2. Attend the entire one and a half day Collegium retreat.
    3. Attend Continuing the Dialogue session (Fall) considering the implications of Biblical doctrines and the values and philosophies of your academic discipline.
    4. 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.

  • C.S. Lewis, 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 Case for 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
"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 known:
    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

Register through the Center for Faculty Development #5378.
This events and the books are funded by the President's Office.
Participation is limited to 12 faculty on a first come basis.

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