The Spiritual Life and Character Formation Task Force was formed to re-energize a focus around the University’s Christian mission. Chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost L. Gregory Jones, the 20-member Task Force includes representatives from Baylor faculty, staff and students guided by the conviction that Baylor’s Christian mission should animate the entire life of the University.
The Task Force’s three working groups have been led by Darin Davis (Vice President for University Mission), Kevin Jackson (Vice President for Student Life) and Lori Baker (Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Collaboration and Leadership Development).
Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University, will deliver the 2017 Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics.
His lecture, “Skills, Virtues, and the Christian University: Liberal Learning in an Illiberal Time,” will encourage reflection on the aims of higher education and reaffirm the importance of the moral, intellectual and spiritual formation that a Christian university might offer.
IFL is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 "Forming Character in the Classroom" workshops.
Each workshop will emphasize one or two significant character qualities — such as friendship, courage, wisdom, and justice — that might be part of a vibrant classroom that takes seriously Baylor's commitment to foster "spiritual maturity, strength of character, and moral virtue." The workshops seek to equip faculty to see their teaching and mentoring as crucial expressions of character formation.
The Institute for Faith and Learning is proud to make many of the featured and plenary presentations from the Higher Learning conference available to the public. Click on the headline to visit our media archives page.
IFL is something uniquely Baylor — an organization that provides resources and encouragement to help students, faculty, staff, administrators and others consider and discover the relationship between the life of the mind and the life of faith.
On Friday, Sept. 2, in Roxy Grove Hall, Baylor University students, faculty, staff and alumni explored how friendship can enrich community and cultivate virtues during a panel discussion, “Companions in Hope: Why Community Is Good but Friendship Is Better,” Friday, Sept. 2, in Roxy Grove Hall.
Baylor University students, faculty, staff and alumni will explore how friendship can enrich community and cultivate virtues during a panel discussion, “Companions in Hope: Why Community Is Good but Friendship Is Better,” at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, in Roxy Grove Hall. A Vespers and music service will follow the discussion at 3 p.m., also in Roxy Grove.
IFL director Darin Davis has been appointed vice president for university mission effective July 1, 2016. He will continue to serve as IFL director. Davis’s appointment will add expertise in the Office of the Executive Vice President as he works with students, faculty and staff across the University to emphasize the mission-centric focus distinctive to Baylor as a Christian research university.
Baylor University is seeking applicants for the position of assistant director for the Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL). Founded in 1997, IFL encourages Baylor’s mission of uniting academic excellence and Christian commitment and its goal of becoming a university of the first rank committed to its Baptist and Christian identity.
Seven-year-old Camille Whitt was born with an undiagnosed genetic condition that limits her development and motor control. Because of her condition she cannot safely use typical swings. But thanks to a group of engineering students at Baylor University, she now has her very own swing designed specifically to meet her needs.
We are proud to make a video of the recent Bailey Family Lecture available to you!
The third annual Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics was delivered April 21, by L. Gregory Jones, Ph.D. His lecture is titled “It’s Not (Only) About You: Cultures, Institutions, and Forming Virtuous People.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Susan Jones to IFL and the Baylor community,” said Darin Davis, director of the Institute for Faith and Learning. “She brings a wealth of expertise and experience working with faculty, staff, and students, especially in matters related to the theological exploration of vocation. Susan’s wisdom and imagination will contribute mightily to IFL’s ongoing efforts to serve Baylor and beyond.”
The third annual Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics will be delivered at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in the Paul W. Powell Chapel of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
The lecture will be delivered by L. Gregory Jones, Ph.D., the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School. His lecture is titled “It’s Not (Only) About You: Cultures, Institutions, and Forming Virtuous People.”
By Ken Camp of the Baptist Standard
Universities need to ask why they exist and who they serve, ethicist and theologian Stanley Hauerwas told a gathering at Baylor University. Christian higher education should recognize it exists to serve the Christian community and the common good, he said.
Jacob Imam, a senior University Scholar at Baylor University, has been selected as one of 32 American university students – and the only student from a Texas university – to receive the prestigious 2016 Marshall Scholarship... The premier scholarly award will allow Imam to fund his studies at Oxford University, where he will seek a master in philosophy degree (M.Phil.) in Islamic studies and history.
The 2016 Bailey Family Lecture will be delivered by Dr. L. Gregory Jones.
Begun in 2014, the Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics features a scholar of significant stature to speak on some issue or question that arises with the Christian moral tradition. The annual lecture is open to the Baylor and Waco community as a way of encouraging shared reflection about Christian conceptions of the moral life.
The plenary panels and presentations from the recent Spirit of Sports conference are now available on our vimeo.com channel. Click the link below to watch these informative, challenging, and inspiring presentations.
"The Spirit of Sports," a symposium hosted by Baylor University's Institute for Faith and Learning, will feature more than 120 presentations by athletes, sports chaplains, college administrators and faculty, coaches and journalists as they explore the moral and cultural significant of sports from a religious perspective.
"The Spirit of Sports" will be held Thursday, Nov. 5 through Nov. 7, in the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. Fifth St. on the Baylor campus.
Darin Davis, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) at Baylor University, today announced plans for a new initiative called the “Faith Animating ... Project,” which seeks to further advance Baylor’s distinctive mission as a Christian research university.
On September 30, IFL Director, Dr. Darin Davis, visited The Wheatley Institution at BYU to discuss educating for wisdom and the state of the contemporary academy. His lecture, entitled Faith, Learning & Educating for Wisdom, asked, "How can universities and institutions of higher learning adapt to the changing world and educate for wisdom?"
Senior Crane Scholar Oliver Ha is a recipient of the 2015 Richard and Helen DeVos Freedom Center Leadership Award. He will be honored in New York on October 22, 2015 at the tenth annual gala of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
IFL director Darin Davis delivered a Wheatley Forum in Faith and Intellect at Brigham Young University. Hosted by the Wheatley Institution at BYU, the presentation was titled "Faith, Learning, and Educating for Wisdom."