Yesterday afternoon/evening I took the 3+ hours necessary to watch the Youtube video of the Vanderbilt Town Meeting (1/31/2012)*. I cried, laughed, yelled, verbally processed, emailed, posted on G+, tried to explain some of the material to one of my daughters,Â called out to the Lord for discernment for those called to be part of the Vanderbilt community & others called to be on campuses across our nation.
Honestly I’m still churning over the material and not prepared to write a response. But this is a blog and we’re part of an on-line learning community of followers of Christ seeking to find our way in higher education. Right?
As such I’ll share a few thoughts before I have to head to class (timer ticking). I hope a few of you ‘take a bite’ and provide responses/material to sharpen my thoughts. I’ll ‘check back in’ after class and the celebration my twin girls birthday 🙂
- Vanderbilt UniversityÂ personifies a campus which has chosen its own way, bringing to mind George Marsdenâ€™sÂ The Soul of the American University:Â From Protestant Establishment to Established NonbeliefÂ and my current studies of the book of JudgesÂ (OT532 Historical and Poetic Books.Â Professor David A. Dorsey,Â Evangelical, Myerstown, PA). For Vanderbilt’s’ description of “their story,” clickÂ here.
- AsÂ Carol Swain, Vanderbilt University law professor, writes,
- “What would you think of aÂ Town Hall meeting held in a room too small toÂ accommodateÂ the town,Â ground rules that donâ€™t allow the oppositionÂ 5-10 minutes to present their side, andÂ lastlyÂ rigid control over whoÂ had access to the microphones?Â Welcome to deliberative democracy at Vanderbilt University” (Religious Freedom and the Vanderbilt Town Hall MeetingÂ 1/31/2012). [Read more…] about Prayerful consideration & Discussion: Vanderbilt Town Mtg.