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May
3
2017
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).
Apr
13
2017
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.
Jan
31
2017
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.
Jan
4
2017
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.
Nov
15
2016
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.
Sep
16
2016
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.
Sep
1
2016
Remembering Our Hope
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.
Jul
1
2016
IFL director Darin Davis named Baylor's vice president for university mission
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.
May
31
2016
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.
May
11
2016
Baylor ECS Students Serve IFL Family
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.
Apr
26
2016
2016 Bailey Family Lecture Video Now Available
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.”
Apr
22
2016
“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.”
Apr
18
2016
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.”
Apr
5
2016
The IFL recently co-sponsored a discussion panel which featured Dr. Stanley Hauerwas that focused on Christian higher education. We're proud to make a recording of that panel available here.
Mar
21
2016
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.
Dec
7
2015
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.
Dec
7
2015
Waco Tribune-Herald, "Can our faith-based entities truly innovate for public good anymore?" By guest columnists Darin Davis and L. Gregory Jones.
Dec
2
2015
We are very pleased to announce that the dates for the upcoming 2016 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, "Higher Learning," are October 27 - October 29.
Nov
23
2015
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.
Nov
16
2015
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.
Oct
29
2015
"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.
Oct
22
2015
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.
Oct
22
2015
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?"

Oct
7
2015
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.
Oct
1
2015
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."
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