Northwestern to be featured at Christian college forum
Friday, March 17, 2006
The event, sponsored by the Council for
“The love and respect Karen and Jeff have for students is so evident, and they call all the students in the department to that as well from their example,” says senior Kristi Woodyard on the video.
“That’s the essence of those two,” adds Dr. Keith Anderson, Northwestern’s dean of spiritual formation and vocation. “It’s Jeff and Karen always teaching and loving and integrating all at the same time.”
The video concluded with this comment from Karen: “We’re trying to model artists who can do excellent work because they have a calling to a particular place and time, and if we live into that calling, the art that comes out of it can be really stunning.”
In addition, three of Northwestern’s leaders—Anderson, President Bruce Murphy and Vice President for Student Development John Brogan—will present a Saturday afternoon session on “Spiritual Formation: A New Way of Doing College.”
“Our purpose is to create a conversation about how we can recognize the essential integration that exists between academic learning, spiritual formation and the development of the person,” says
Murphy plans to talk about his vision for an education that leads to wisdom. He will also emphasize the need to bring a new pace to higher education that allows students and faculty time to reflect and that helps to cultivate a way of life that allows for lifelong learning, not just lifelong busyness.
Brogan, a former member of Northwestern’s religion faculty, will provide observations from his perspective as an academic who is now in student development working alongside spiritual formation and academics.