Baylor Missions + Illuminate

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In her inaugural address, President Linda Livingstone set the tone of her commitment to Baylor’s unique position within higher education when she stated, “Our aspiration to integrate academic and teaching excellence with an uncompromising Christian identity positions this university to have a transformative impact on our students, on higher education, and on the world. … Here, achieving pre-eminent research status means bringing our intellectual energy, institutional resources, and Christian values to bear in addressing global conversations about crucial issues, including human rights, economic growth, diversity, social responsibility, healthcare, and ethics. We aspire to cultivate leaders who devote their training and talents to generating innovation and discovery in every field, from the sciences to the humanities, politics to education, business to the arts."

Baylor Missions’ unique discipline-specific approach to mission engagement positions our program as a practical application for Illuminate, Baylor’s new Academic Strategic Plan that aligns aspirations with resources through five clearly defined initiatives. The Plan’s Human Flourishing, Leadership and Ethics initiative will guide Baylor Missions’ ongoing pursuit of academic partnerships that foster an integration of faith, learning and serviceas we seek to “equip Baylor faculty, students and alumni to offer unique responses to ethical, social and technological challenges facing the contemporary world."

Why? Because of God’s commandment and our Christian responsibility to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)