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COME LEARN WITH US.

In our educational program we seek to explore the resources of the Christian Tradition and draw on critical scholarship in order to understand contemporary cultural change and address shared human questions in ways that enrich and challenge the university community. Our educational initiatives cover a broad range of issues, but we focus on several areas of inquiry that play a crucial role in modern culture.

TECHNOLOGY & THE HUMAN

CREATION CARE & SUSTAINABILITY

CREATIVITY & THE ARTS

SELF & SOCIETY

FAITH & VOCATION

HIGHER EDUCATION & THE UNIVERSITY

In addition to our lectures, classes, reading groups, publications, and podcast, the Study Center hosts Pascal’s Coffeehouse, an expression of Christian hospitality and an embodiment of the Christian understanding we seek to explore as a Study Center. 

LECTURES

LECTURES

Fall 2022

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Tuesday, March 7th | Reception 6:45 p.m | Lecture 7:15 p.m. | CSC Classroom

THE PROBLEM OF LONELINESS

Dr. Myles Werntz, Abilene Christian University

Join us as theologian and ethicist Myles Werntz helps us think about the problem of loneliness and isolation. The evening begins with a reception at 6:45 followed by Dr. Werntz talk at 7:00. 

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Friday/Saturday, March 31st & April 1st | CSC Classroom

FRIENDSHIP AND THE VIRTUES

Dr. Samuel Kimbriel, The Aspen Institute

This two-day symposium will be led by Dr. Samuel Kimbriel and will focus on the relationship between friendship and virtue. The first part of the symposium will be held on the evening of Friday, March 24th and will resume the following morning. 

 

Dr. Samuel Kimbriel is a political philosopher, author, and founding director of Aspen’s Philosophy & Society Initiative. Author of Friendship as Sacred Knowing: Overcoming Isolation, he is also Contributing Editor at Wisdom of Crowds and writes widely on topics of solidarity, ideology, democracy, power, and trust for outlets including the Washington Post and BBC. He lives in Washington, D.C. and holds MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge.

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Friday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m.| Creekside Community Church

THE LIFE WE'RE LOOKING FOR: RECLAIMING RELATIONSHIP IN A TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD

Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. His writing explores faith, culture, and the image of God in the domains of technology, power, leadership, and the arts. He is the author of five books (plus another with his daughter, Amy Crouch), most recently The Life We're Looking For. His work and writing have been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Time.

CLASSES

CLASSES

Spring 2023

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Wednesdays starting January 25th at 11:45 a.m. | CSC Classroom

THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM: READING GENESIS 1-5

Director's Class — Michael Sacasas   

Genesis is a book of beginnings. It is the first book of the Torah and the first book of the Christian Bible. It tells the story of creation, and thus of the beginning of all things. Within the first five chapters, we read about the beginning of the human race as well as the beginning of sin and strife and the beginning of human civilization.

 

These stories about God, the world, and our place in relation to both are also the beginning of wisdom, sorely needed wisdom in our disorienting age. In this class, we will read these chapters with care and with the help of commentators ancient and modern. Join us as we turn to some of the most influential words ever written, seeking wisdom and understanding about what it means to be a human being, made of dust and in the image of God.

Lunch is provided to all who attend. 

READING GROUPS

Fall 2022

Director's Class
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Beginning Tuesday, January 31st | 8:30 a.m.

THE LIFE WE'RE LOOKING FOR

Michael Sacasas  |   CSC Classroom 

Andy Crouch is a respected Christian writer whose work explores faith, culture, and the image of God in the domains of technology, power, leadership, and the arts. This latest book, The Life We're Looking For, is "a deeply reflective primer on creating meaningful connections, rebuilding abundant communities, and living in a way that engages our full humanity in an age of unprecedented anxiety and loneliness." Crouch will also be one of our guests this semester at the Study Center on April 14th. 

The group will meet on January 31st, February 14th and 28th, March 21st, and April 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Coffee provided.

Beginning Monday, January 30th | 11:45-12:35

DEEP LEARNING: IS A MORE MEANINGFUL EDUCATION POSSIBLE?

Todd Best |  CSC Classroom 

Is education merely about acquiring facts and information about the world, or is there more to it than that? In this reading group, UF Academic Advisor and Instructor Todd Best leads an exploration of learning as a formative and spiritual journey using Parker Palmer's To Know as we are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey. Palmer will be read along with selected poems, related articles, and other media to help us consider a more contemplative approach to learning. 

 

The group will meet on January 30th, February 13th and 27th, March 20th, and April 3rd from 11:45 to 12:35 in the Study Center classroom. Feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee will be provided. 

Beginning Thursday, February 2nd | 9:35 a.m.

NARRATIVE, VIRTUE, AND THE CHURCH: READING STANLEY HAUERWAS

Joshua Perlin | CSC Classroom

In 2001, Stanley Hauerwas was named “America’s Best Theologian” by Time Magazine. A Duke Divinity professor best known for his critiques of modernity and his work on narrative and the virtues, Hauerwas is hard to pin down: a Protestant theologian who speaks highly of the Catholic tradition; an avowed pacifist who believes Christians are engaged in a war against war; a philosopher who cares more about writing sermons than systematics. Who is this strange Christian thinker that defies categorization? And what value can his work have for how we understand what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century? In the hope of answering these questions, this reading group will consider a selection of Hauerwas’s theological essays, sermons, and published prayers. 

The group will meet on February 2nd and 16th, March 2nd and 23rd, and April 6th at 9:35 a.m. in the Study Center Classroom. Coffee provided. 

READING GROUPS

PODCAST

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A PODCAST OF THE CHRISTIAN

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If you've not done so already, take a moment and subscribe to our podcast here. You can peruse past installments here. We use the podcast to post audio from program content and also occasional interviews with guest scholars and writers. 

The podcast is also available on the following podcast listening apps:

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PODCAST

GRADUATE ROUNDTABLE

Fall 2022

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GRADUATE ROUNDTABLE

Brent Henderson  |  Henderson's home

A reading group for graduate students led by Brent Henderson, Associate Professor of Linguistics at UF. The group is hosted by the Hendersons at their home and gathers around food and conversation. 

Please email the Study Center for details.

Graduate Roundtable
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