Thanks to the generosity of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, I got to spend a half day at Glen East, a workshop Image sponsors every year. The experience was rich with conversations and presentations about intertwining the life of faith and the life of art.
The virtues, disciplines, and choices of faithful art-making are often similar to the things that sustain faithful scholarship. Here are three patterns Christian scholars can study from Glen East:
1. Practicing Hospitality
Glen East was a deeply hospitable place. I could tell in the way the staff invited any new attendee to come for a half day free of cost, in the way they encouraged those of us who came to stay and enjoy dinner together, and in the way the participants welcomed me and conversed with me (credit here is also due to the local church, since my church put me in touch with a fellow parishioner who made me feel profoundly welcome).
Being a scholar and a teacher is rich with opportunities for hospitality: inviting people into a new classroom, a new subject, a new set of experiences. What are some great examples of hospitable teaching and research that youâ€™ve seen?