Now that the 2014/2015 school year has come to a close, I would like to offer a word of thanks to everyone who supported our efforts, attended our events, and offered words and messages of encouragement.
The Center for Christian Faith & Culture had a very productive and successful year. We put on nine public events, which included six academic lectures, two pastor’s luncheons, and a workshop on prayer. The response from the hundreds of community members in attendance has been both positive and appreciative. In addition to our public events, we planned and hosted a symposium on Christian Higher Education in coordination with the February meeting of Malone’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Jay Case, Professor of History, gave a presentation on the importance of distinctively Christian approaches to Higher Education. Dr Case’s presentation was followed by responses from Dr. Matthew Phelps (psychology), Dr. Marcia Everett (communications), Dr. Laura Wyss (nursing), and Dr. David Brandt (trustee).
With help from Dr. David Beer (Political Science) we launched a new Jr. Fellows program for Malone students centered around the discussion of classic texts. Our first group of Jr. Fellows read works by C. S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, John Henry Newman, and A.G. Sertillanges. All of our readings focused on the nature of learning and education from a Christian perspective.
For our final event of the season, we hosted a three-day workshop on expository preaching in partnership with Dr. Scott Gibson of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Due to a generous gift from a long-time supporter of Malone, the workshop was free for all of the 24 participants admitted to the program, and we received very positive feedback from everyone involved.
During the summer, we will partner with Dr. Jacci Welling to host a Friends Heritage Symposium during the annual gathering of the Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region. Otherwise, we will be at work preparing for a very productive 2015/2016 academic year, so stay tuned!
Bryan C. Hollon, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Christian Faith & Culture