Faculty and Staff Discussion: “Spirituality and Higher Education” Nov. 5
- Carthage College
The Office of Church and Professional Relations, with support from CADRE, will host an open breakfast for faculty and staff in Donna’s Bytes on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Over breakfast, we will discuss a short article (see below) about the intersections of students’ inner lives, spiritual development, and higher education. The event begins at 7 a.m., and will conclude before classes start at 8 a.m.
We all hear questions — from students, faculty or staff colleagues, parents, alumni, and friends of the College — about our relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. “What does it mean to be a college of the ELCA?” “Will you make my child a Lutheran?” “Do I have to be Lutheran to attend or to work at Carthage?”
Lutherans have a long history of asking probing questions in a college setting. Luther’s famous posting of the 95 Theses was not an attempt to break from the Roman Catholic church, but to ask questions in an academic setting (he was a professor, after all!), and engage colleagues in a serious, scholarly debate.
The Office of Church and Professional Relations strives to nurture and encourage conversations on campus about this unique relationship between religion and higher education, beginning with this casual conversation over breakfast. Over time, our discussions will turn from the general spiritual needs of this community to Carthage’s church-relatedness, and ultimately to the distinctive character of higher education in a Lutheran context.
The attached paper, “Attending to Students’ Inner Lives: A Call to Higher Education,” stems from a high-level review of the book, Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives (by Alexander W. Astin, Helen S. Astin, & Jennifer A. Lindholm, Jossey Bass/Wiley, 2011). The paper will serve as the basis for our discussions on Nov. 5.
Please read the short paper, join us at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Donna’s Bytes, grab something to eat at Einstein’s, and be prepared to contribute to the discussion about Carthage’s life as a college of the ELCA. Breakfast is on us!