University Updates: Tips for Staying Healthy in Body and Spirit

Apr
23
2020
Alumni Voice: A Christian response towards those with COVID-19 - Practical Tips
As a Christian, I fully believe God heals in various ways. Regardless of one’s theology on healing, our focus can be peace, kindness and compassion. Based on my personal experience, here are helpful things one can do (or avoid doing) for those with COVID-19.
Apr
17
2020
WACO, Texas (April 17, 2020) – As couples and families shelter in place throughout the nation to slow the spread of COVID-19, they are navigating the unique combination of crisis, change and close quarters together.
Apr
15
2020
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2020) – More than a month into physical distancing and troubleshooting the technical aspects of creating online worship services, many churches have pivoted from launching their services online to focusing on improving and cultivating the worship experience and community that their congregants are seeking.
Apr
14
2020
WACO, Texas (April 14, 2020) – During this time of physical and social distancing, many Baylor University students who are learning online, off campus and in remote settings are battling the effects of isolation. Even though students aren’t on Baylor’s campus, that doesn’t mean campus isn’t finding ways to go to them.
Apr
7
2020
WACO, Texas (April 7, 2020) – As COVID-19 has caused churches across the world to restrict in-person gatherings and completely change the way worship is approached, many are grappling with what Christian faith looks like right now.
Apr
6
2020
WACO, Texas (April 6, 2020) — One gorgeous spring day last year, students of Elise King, who teaches interior design at Baylor University, suggested she hold class on architect Frank Lloyd Wright outdoors. She said OK. No outdoor classes this year, with social-distancing in place. But King and her students are using a novel approach.
Apr
3
2020
These are disorienting times. Due to COVID-19, our professional, relational and recreational routines as American Christians have been disrupted by quarantines and social distancing. In our typically fast-paced world, it feels strange when things suddenly come to a halt.
Apr
2
2020
WACO, Texas (April 2, 2020) – In the proverbial “blink of an eye,” many find their neighbors, friends, family – and even themselves – out of jobs that only a few weeks ago seemed safe and secure. The jobless are grieving. What’s our role? How do we help? How do we engage?
Apr
2
2020
WACO, Texas (April 2, 2020) – The CDC reports that 7.1% of children ages 3-17 have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. In this time of COVID-19, social distancing and a 24/7 news cycle that is often centered on sickness and death, are there steps these children and their parents can take to mitigate the effects of anxiety?
Apr
1
2020
On April 1st, Baylor in Washington and The Trinity forum hosted this important discussion with four of America's most prominent religious commentators about how believers and religious communities can thrive during this extraordinary season and so be prepared to contribute to America's common good.
Apr
1
2020
Drinking alcoholic beverages may be more appealing amid unease about the coronavirus, as people deal with shelter-at-home orders, fears about the economy and boredom, says a Baylor University researcher who studies alcohol use and misuse.
Mar
31
2020
WACO, Texas (March 31, 2020) – Drinking alcoholic beverages may be more appealing amid unease about the coronavirus, as people deal with shelter-at-home orders and fears about the economy, says a Baylor University researcher who studies alcohol use and misuse. But with regulations providing less access to alcohol, this may be a good time for substance abusers to seek recovery and for others to guard against over-reliance.
Mar
31
2020
WACO, Texas (March 31, 2020) – The impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis is acutely felt by entrepreneurs and the nearly 60 million people employed by small businesses across the U.S. As communities have sheltered in place and closed all but the most essential businesses, many entrepreneurs find themselves in survival mode amidst uncertain waters, seeking to keep their business afloat and retain employees.
Mar
30
2020
WACO, Texas (March 30, 2020) – The initial spread of COVID-19 has created unprecedented situations for many Americans, causing significant disruptions to ordinarily consistent daily routines. These disruptions have led to widespread fear of a dynamic future and can be seen most tangibly on the empty shelves of grocery stores across the nation.
Mar
30
2020
Even those of us who find crowds exhausting are mourning the loss of connection, and while Zoom and FaceTime and other tech solutions can bring us together in some fashion, many of us remain unsatisfied.
Mar
27
2020
Still trying to figure out the best way to work from home? You’re far from alone. Maybe your kids are nearby, and you’re balancing your best at work with your best for them. Or perhaps you’re still trying to figure out a new routine, adjusting to life outside the office as all but the most …
Mar
27
2020
On Sunday I watched the news – until I couldn’t watch it any longer. I doubt I learned anything new during those three hours. I confess that I’ve never been much of a Sabbath observer, but I can say with confidence that there was nothing about Sunday that felt like a day of rest (except sleeping in and tuning into our church’s online worship service while still in my pajamas).

On Sunday I needed rest. I sat around all day, but it wasn’t rest. A big chunk of the day was spent consuming news that wasn’t new, except for the God-awful, rising number of COVID-19 cases and casualties, which only further prevented any sense of rest. Watching the news only fed fear and anxiety, doubt and disbelief.

#intimeslikethese
Mar
26
2020
WACO, Texas (March 26, 2020) — The spread of coronavirus has interrupted many traditional institutions of working life, with perhaps the most drastic change to the professional environment coming from the rapid transition to work-from-home offices. With many segments of the workforce ordered to shelter in place and work remotely, employees have scrambled to transform guest bedrooms and kitchen tables to home offices, exchanging conference room roundtable discussions for tiled video conference calls.
Mar
25
2020
Advice from a Full-Time Distance Educator
While distance education is new for most of Baylor, Dr. Nicholas Werse has been a distance educator for several years. Werse is the Graduate Writing Coordinator for Baylor School of Education’s EdD in Learning and Organizational Change, the university’s largest online doctoral program, housed in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.
Mar
25
2020
While distance education is new for most of Baylor, Dr. Nicholas Werse has been a distance educator for several years. Werse is the Graduate Writing Coordinator for Baylor School of Education’s EdD in Learning and Organizational Change and runs a fully online writing center to coach the doctoral students with their academic writing.
Mar
25
2020
WACO, Texas (March 25, 2020) – The international response to the COVID-19 public health crisis has led millions of workers to make home their new office as communities and organizations promote social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. For many individuals, this spring marks the first time they will have worked from home for a substantial amount of time.
Mar
25
2020
WACO, Texas (March 25, 2020) – In a difficult and ever-changing time of crisis surrounding the spread of coronavirus, the basic needs of health and safety come first. But as these basic physiological needs are met, the more advanced care for spiritual and mental health can remain overlooked or ignored altogether.
Mar
24
2020
WACO, Texas (March 24, 2020) – Public health crises such as COVID-19 — in which people may feel powerless and receive conflicting information — can lead to a flare-up of unsafe religious sentiments, says a Baylor epidemiologist.
Mar
23
2020
WACO, Texas (March 23, 2020) – During a time of stress and uncertainty, how do we ease our fears and avoid a counter-productive and potentially selfish bulk-buying response? Baylor's Jim Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, shares his thoughts.
Mar
23
2020
What a difference a few weeks make in the way the world operates. Widespread limits on social interaction, closing of restaurants and other gathering places, and the moving of worship services to online-only experiences are just a few of the ways the world is a different place today. Political leaders insist the changes are both necessary and temporary. The importance of “flattening the curve” to reduce the rate of Coronavirus infection escalation is essential to protecting the most vulnerable among us. Limiting the size of crowds, elbow bumps instead of hugs, and three to six feet of space between us are some of the operationalizations of social distancing. Others include canceling sporting events and meeting for worship and education on-line.
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