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Communio: History

For its first decade, the retreat was titled, Vocation, Liberal Learning, and the Professions. It was originally conceived as a part of Baylor Horizons, a multi-year initiative funded by over $2.5 million in grants from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to create new or enhance existing programs at Baylor University that support the theological exploration of vocation.

Past leaders include:

  • Anton Armstrong, St. Olaf College
  • Dorothy C. Bass, Valparaiso University
  • Michael Beaty, Baylor University
  • Amy Black, Wheaton College
  • Heidi Bostic, Baylor University
  • Anne-Marie Bowery, Baylor University
  • Burt Burleson, Baylor University
  • Paul J. Contino, Pepperdine University
  • Darin Davis, Baylor University
  • C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University
  • Jan Evans, Baylor University
  • Susan M. Felch, Calvin College
  • Lee Hardy, Calvin College
  • Jeanne Heffernan, Pepperdine University
  • Douglas Henry, Baylor University
  • Thomas Hibbs, Baylor University
  • David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University
  • Karren Kowalski, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence
  • Todd Lake, Baylor University
  • Elizabeth Newman, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
  • John O'Callaghan, University of Notre Dame
  • Julie Pennington-Russell, First Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia
  • Charles Pinches, University of Scranton
  • Mark W. Roche, University of Notre Dame
  • Shirley J. Roels, Calvin College
  • Mark Schwehn, Valparaiso University
  • David Smith, Calvin College
  • Thomas Smith, Villanova University
  • David Solomon, University of Notre Dame
  • Daniel Treier, Wheaton College
  • Susan VanZanten, Seattle Pacific University
  • Paul Wadell, St. Norbert College
  • Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University
  • Ralph Wood, Baylor University

Through 2012, more than 400 faculty and staff members representing over 50 academic departments and programs at Baylor have participated in this retreat. Thus, over one-third of Baylor's total faculty have engaged in this important program of reading, reflection, and conversation about the theological exploration of vocation.