15 Posts on Mission, Justice, and the University from Urbana 2015

What does it mean to be part of a global religion, and how can we make sense of the diverse missions, values, and politics of that belonging? How can we as Christians better understand what it means to follow Jesus in a world that is more connected than ever before? After four days in St Louis for the Urbana conference, I feel closer to the heart of those questions than ever before.Read more…

The University Today: Challenges and Opportunities

Transcript (with minor edits) of a talk given at the IFES World Assembly in Oaxtepec, Mexico on July 22, 2015. The topic was “The University Today” and the talk addresses four “change” forces in the university that present both challenges and opportunities for mission in the university. Each section includes the reflection questions shared during the talk. Many asked for this transcript so that they could get these questions and further discuss the implications of these “change” forces.Read more…

A Mission to the University: Part 2 of Engaging the University

Part 2 of Vinoth Ramachandra‘s Engaging the University (21:22) is packed. After exploring the broad topics of funding’s push toward instrumentalism, the fragmentation of campus academic life by global communication, and the lack of “any coherent master narrative for a central point of reference .Read more…