IFL Hosts Largest Conference in Its History as Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture and Lilly Fellows Program Explore “The Character of the University”
More than 600 scholars and academic leaders from 170 institutions gathered October 17-20 to explore the prospects for moral formation in higher education during the Institute for Faith and Learning’s (IFL) largest conference in its 22-year history.
The Character of the University will explore the challenges and opportunities for character formation in the context of 21st-century higher education. How might educators better understand and practice their shared aims to help students grow in virtue as they prepare to pursue lives of meaning and purpose? How might this task require colleges and universities to re-examine their own intellectual, moral, and even spiritual commitments?
As churches seek to help members discover God’s calling on their lives, they face three key challenges—to involve multiple generations in ministry, provide long-term religious education and teach Christians how to apply their faith in day-to-day experiences, according to initial findings of Baylor University’s Soundings project.
“Stewardship of Creation” will be the theme for Baylor University’s annual Symposium on Faith and Culture, hosted by Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning from Wednesday, Oct. 24, to Friday, Oct. 26.
The Institute for Faith and Learning announces the departure of associate director Jason Whitt. After nine years of service at IFL, Whitt has accepted an appointment as senior lecturer in the Honors Program at Baylor University.
Baylor University recently was awarded a $1.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to fund a five-year project called Soundings. The project will allow Baylor to serve as an innovation hub for 15 Texas congregations as the university and congregational leaders together reflect deeply and theologically about the nature of vocation.
“The Soundings Project, so generously funded by Lilly Endowment, aims to support the common work of the Christian university and the church, namely to help people lead lives of purpose and significance,” said Darin H. Davis, Ph.D., vice president for university mission at Baylor University. “During the next five years, we hope to explore and nurture, along with congregations throughout the state, new models and approaches to the enduring question ‘How is God calling me — and us — to be faithful?’”
The Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a lecture by Mark Schwehn, Ph.D., one of the foremost voices in Christian higher education.
Schwehn’s lecture — “From Faith and Learning to Love and Understanding: The Recent Past and Promising Future of Church Related Higher Education” — will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. Fifth St. It will be followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public.
The annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture this year will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the European Reformation, one of the most significant times in the history of Christianity.
“The Bible and the Reformation,” hosted by Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL), will convene Wednesday, Oct. 25, through Friday, Oct. 27, with speakers examining...
Cultivating Baylor’s Future: Baylor Young Scholars
Led by Dr. Darin Davis, vice president for university mission and director of the Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL), the Baylor Young Scholars Program seeks to foster the next generation of Baylor faculty and administrators by supporting and providing resources to Baylor graduates who are now pursuing advanced degrees at other universities.
The full version of the 2017 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture is now available online. This includes the titles, times, and dates of all panel and paper presentations as well as presenter information.
This year's symposium, entitled The Bible and the Reformation, features a broad and diverse lineup of speakers and topics. You may visit the symposium's webpage for more information by clicking the headline.
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.”
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.”