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Believe It or Not: Addressing Religion, Faith, and Spirituality on Campus. The Association for American Colleges and Universities Annual Conference January 2007 New Orleans. Table Topics As you get settled, read these over. You will be asked to pick one for discussion later.
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The Association for American Colleges and Universities
Table TopicsAs you get settled, read these over. You will be asked to pick one for discussion later.
#1 Religious Literacy: Colleges and universities need to do a lot more to ensure that graduates have the knowledge and skills that they will need for a religiously pluralistic world. To meet this challenge, they will have to consider what faculty need to know, value, and be able to do to teach for a religiously pluralistic world as well.
#2 Preserving Public Reason: Colleges and universities must support learning that is values-neutral and affirms standards of intellectual reason and academic freedom, particularly in the face of religious assertions.
#3 Religion in the Classroom: Passionate believers and committed nonbelievers will learn through their individual lenses. Both are equally entitled to academic freedom in the classroom.
#4 Spirituality: As educators, we should encourage students to search for spiritual meaning and to explore the spiritual dimension to their learning.
#5 Tolerance and Public Discourse: Colleges and universities should be teaching tolerance and promoting ground rules for public discourse on matters of religion, faith, and spirituality..
2. Post-modernism Wallace Stevens –The final belief is to believe in a fiction, what you know to be a fiction, there being nothing else. The exquisite truth is you know it is a fiction and that you believe in it willingly.3. Post-secular Era - Symbolic realism(Bellah) - Transcendent meanings - Anti-reductionist - Personal and community - Spiritual and religious
Transforms Faculty/Student Relationships
- holistic and integrative
“The radical split between knowledge and
commitment that exists in our culture and in
our universities is not ultimately tenable.”
Alternative Epistemology, continued“The preoccupation with academic objectivity precludes a self-conscious search for value and meaning, and, as a result, ‘commitment to the truth has been divorced from questions of the good’.”(Sharon Deloz Parks)
-Gives voice to those marginalized by race, ethnicity, gender, and class (post-modern) but opens for new consideration questions of meaning, community, and commitment, recognizing the legitimacy and importance of spiritual and religious dimensions of knowing.
From Wayne Booth Vocation of the Scholar
- reveal one’s own deeper assumptions
- be open to student concerns with making of
- confess one’s vulnerability
- acknowledge that one does not have all the
- provides support as well as challenge (Perry)
- relinquish need to control & be open to
Ends/Means Culture Curriculum Co-Curriculum Community