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Community and the Teacher

posted Jun 3, 2009, 11:27 AM by Jesse Griffin   [ updated Jun 3, 2009, 11:27 AM ]

"A teacher is ‘integrally engaged with the students…done in community’. The Reformed tradition has affirmed that faith is nurtured in community, that theological beliefs are formed and checked in community…It is in community that we begin to discover our vocation, and create a context for our students to own values and convictions, form their identity, better understand their gifts, and discern their calling in life. It is in community that we begin to grasp who we are, where we are going, and how we might get there.”

Ferguson, D.S. & W. J. Weston, eds. Called to Teach, Geneva

Community and Bonding

posted Jun 3, 2009, 11:27 AM by Jesse Griffin   [ updated Jun 3, 2009, 11:27 AM ]

"The ideal community is a ‘bonding community that certainly brings about private good, but also public good for the benefit of all who share in this sense of family & community…a faith based community, a Christ-centered community, grounded in a commitment to a Christian worldview that can and will be able to engage the culture.”

David Dockery in “From Lone Ranger to Christian Scholar/Teacher in Community.

Community and Conviction

posted Jun 3, 2009, 11:25 AM by Jesse Griffin   [ updated Jun 3, 2009, 11:26 AM ]

"’Communities of convictions’ have a shared sense of the ‘nature of reality in its broadest sense’…’colleges and universities form students morally most thoroughly and most powerfully through the fundamental patterns of inquiry, learning, and teaching that they practice. To the extent that they succeed in guiding students into attention to what is real, they succeed in the formation of both character and vision.”

Craig Dykstra, Growing in the Life of Faith, Geneva

Community and Mentoring

posted Jun 3, 2009, 11:25 AM by Jesse Griffin   [ updated Jun 3, 2009, 11:25 AM ]

"At its best practice, higher education (plays) a primary role in the formation of critical thought and a viable faith. For the young adult, community finds its most powerful form in a mentoring community…It offers a network of belonging to which young adults feel recognized as who they really are, and as who they are becoming. It offers both challenge and support and thus offers good company for both the emerging strength and the distinctive vulnerability of the young adult.”

Sharon Parks

Community and Tolerance

posted Jun 3, 2009, 11:24 AM by Jesse Griffin   [ updated Jun 3, 2009, 11:25 AM ]

"Community is needed to affirm one’s faith & convictions. Community allows for diversity & pluralism. Trust within community is the foundation of honoring diversity & pluralism. It is the glue that allows for unique individuals with their unique viewpoints and perspectives to remain unique. Community does not ideally stress conformity but encourages hospitality. Within an openness and acceptance of persons as unique individuals within a community, the community is able to prevent too much indoctrination and too much relativism.”

V.J. Mannnoia, Christian Liberal Arts. Roman & Littlefield

Community is Hard to Realize

posted Jun 3, 2009, 11:24 AM by Jesse Griffin   [ updated Jun 3, 2009, 11:24 AM ]

“Community, given human nature and human interests, is very, very hard to realize. It comes more readily to a family, a congregation, and a company of people who have shared profound experience than it does to the college and university, to say nothing of the nation. Community occurs among people who can share each other’s secrets and exact profound commitment…To belong to a college does not mean the surrender of one’s belongings and loyalties…rather a campus is a set of people who form associations where less is at risk than in true community.”

Martin Marty, “Forward” in Scholarship and Christian Faith, ed. D. Jacobsen & R.H. Jacobsen. Oxford

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