This is yet another *cough required cough* live blog! This time I am in the BEC at the annual Poehler Lecture, which talks about the integration between faith and learning...basically what Honors is all about. Hence the reason why I'm blogging on this.
This year's speaker is Dr. Loma Meyer. Dr. Meyer became a part of CSP's faculty in 1967; she became an award-winning professor, director of instruction
*What follows are my notes from the lecture*
Faith is a living and daring confidence in God's mercy, and goes along with learning in both life and death. This integration involves the inclusion of the whole person; one's heart, soul, and mind. Over time, there has been change, and the topic of the integration of faith and learning has become more pressing for the Concordia University family for the past few decades. This has been due in partial to the changing student demographic. Only 5% of CSP's students are church-work majors, compared with 93% in 1967 when Dr. Meyer started at Concordia. During the turmoil of the 1970's, it became apparent that the Lutheran education was in a tentative partnership with the liberal arts; both were separate, but influenced each other. CSP's current mission statement indicates the integration of faith and learning. There are some people at CSP who feel that this integration is not as big of an issue as it once was. Learning strengthens faith; the mind can be an ally. Faith shouldn't be shoved into compartments; it should grow and influence everything. Martin Luther defined vocation to not only refer to one's job, but also to one's relationships with others. They key is the service of others; without that, the vocation is nothing. That is what CSP is about. While the faculty has a Christian world-view, they also must have a heart of service to other. The curriculum is not focused on just "can-do", but also "why-do." Students need to be instilled with a spirit of inquiry if they are to be successful in their life after college. The trick is to fit all learning into a meaningful whole: an integration of faith and learning.
Well, it was a pretty great lecture. Dr. Meyer illustrated her point of how faith and learning should be integrated by illustrating how that has been carried out through CSP's history. Aside from the CSP history, I agreed with basically everything she said, as all of that has crossed my mind at one time or another. It was slightly comforting to know that A. an esteemed education elder completely agreed with me, and B. CSP has been more active in integrating faith and learning than I thought. While it is a comfort to see that principle at work sometimes, there are some places where I see this integration of faith and learning lacking a bit. True, there can be slip-ups sometimes, but we must always remember: no matter how successful our DII sports are. no matter how groundbreaking our movements forward, we cannot forget our Christian roots. Ever. This is not saying that all students on campus should be Christian; but there should be no doubt in the mind of anyone on campus that this is a Christian university, and that all of our curriculum is founded on faith.