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Spiritual Life Events

The Graduate School and the staff at the Bobo Spiritual Life Center work together to support students' spiritual development during graduate school. Spiritual Life events occur twice a semester, involving lunch or a light breakfast and an informal lecture.

Lecture topics are geared toward helping students make connections between their faith, their studies, and their lives as graduate students. Past topics include A Contemplative Approach to My Academic Life, given by University Chaplain Burt Burleson, Teaching as an Act of Charity with Dr. Darin Davis, Director of the Institute for Faith and Learning, and Observing the Sabbath in the Academy, a panel discussion with Drs. Lauren Barron, Jonathan Tran, and Jason Whitt.

Fall 2014 Schedule

Mentoring & Challenging Undergraduate Students
Monday, October 6, 12-1pm, Bobo Spiritual Life Center
Acknowledging students’ gifts while challenging them to excel in areas of struggle can be a challenge for new and experienced teachers alike. Both encouraging and pushing students, and applying these lessons to one’s own academic development, contributes to Baylor’s mission to prepare students for leadership and service as well as Christian commitment to their community.

Coffee Chat on Spiritual Community
Tuesday, November 18, 10-11am, Bobo Spiritual Life Center
Graduate school is a time of intense intellectual engagement and growth, but it can also be a time of considerable imbalance in one’s personal life. In this informal coffee chat, we will consider why spiritual community is important during graduate school; how spiritual community can improve life balance and mental health; and the difficulty in finding spiritual community when you have uprooted and moved to a new setting. Newer graduate students are invited to ask questions or share their experiences so far; advanced graduate students are invited to share their experiences and observations from the last several years.

Spring 2015 Schedule

Being Open to God's Call
February 2015, Bobo Spiritual Life Center
Dr. Elizabeth Davis, Provost and Executive Vice President, will share some personal reflections on faith and work. This will be an informal time of conversation with Baylor's chief academic officer. Coffee and bagels will be served.

Changing Rhythms: How to Spend Your Time Over the Summer
April 2015, Bobo Spiritual Life Center
One of the vices of the academic schedule is that it prompts the idolatry of time. Summers are both idolized and idealized as the time when we will accomplish everything we put off during the school-year. In order to encourage graduate students to order their summers in both healthy and virtuous ways, this event will feature a panel of professors who will offer some insight into the problem of time and how to spend it during the summer. Coffee and bagels will be served.