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Academic Colloquium Examines Faith, Community, Discipleship

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A unique academic colloquium studying themes of faith, community and discipleship—all within the academic setting—was held in connection with the inauguration of Taylor President Paul Lowell Haines, EdD, JD.

No Higher Standard Than to be in Right Relationship with God, One Another, and the Natural World was the theme of the October 20 colloquium.  

Dr. Thomas G. Jones, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History, Global and Political Studies at Taylor served as the event’s host. The guest moderator was Shirley V. Hoogstra, President of the Washington DC-based Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

The colloquium featured three presenters—authors and faculty members—from universities throughout the United States who included:

  • Lisa Graham McMinn, Writer-In-Residence at George Fox University: God’s Loving Gaze: Community in Relationship with God
  • Stephen Long, The Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University: Being Good Pharisees: The Joy of Inauthentic Community
  • Steven Bouma-Prediger, The Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology, Hope College: What Is God's Good Future?

“This colloquium helped to set the tone for Dr. Haines’ presidency,” said Jones. “It was a reminder that Taylor is a place where Christians who take faith seriously are able to exchange ideas with one another respectfully as we challenge one another to think more deeply about what we believe. 

“We were challenged to think about what it means to live as disciples of Jesus in the 21st century in regard to our relationships with God and to each other and as stewards of the created world around us,” Jones continued.

“Under Dr. Haines’ leadership, we look forward to Taylor’s continued service at the forefront of Christian universities where the most important issues of the day are thoughtfully explored, and where biblical principles and the liberal arts are integrated as part of our calling to love God with all of our minds, hearts, and souls and to love our neighbors as ourselves,” Jones added.