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M-Th  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Closed December 20 - 29
 

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M-F  8 a.m. - 6 p.m.  |  Sat  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Closed Decmeber 16 - January 5

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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. 

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LECTURES

Spring 2020

FEBRUARY 6, FEBRUARY 20, MARCH 12, APRIL 2

TIMELY VIRTUES: CONSIDERING TIME AS A MORAL AND SPIRITUAL QUESTION

Michael Sacasas  |   Lecture 7:30 p.m.  |  CSC Classroom

We are tyrannized by the urgent; orderly rhythms elude us; past, present, and future impinge chaotically upon one another. Time has become a problem for us, and the consequences extend to our moral and spiritual lives. Throughout the semester, in our director’s class and in four evening lectures, we will turn to philosophy, history, sociology, art, and theology to better understand how our experience of time has become deeply disordered and how we might, through the cultivation of timely virtues, achieve a well-ordered relationship to time. 

 
 

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Spring 2020

CLASSES

WEDNESDAYS, BEGINNING JANUARY 22

TIMELY VIRTUES: CONSIDERING TIME AS A MORAL AND SPIRITUAL QUESTION

Michael Sacasas   |    11:45 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.   |   CSC Classroom  | Lunch provided

We are tyrannized by the urgent; orderly rhythms elude us; past, present, and future impinge chaotically upon one another. Time has become a problem for us, and the consequences extend to our moral and spiritual lives. Throughout the semester, in our director’s class and in four evening lectures, we will turn to philosophy, history, sociology, art, and theology to better understand how our experience of time has become deeply disordered and how we might, through the cultivation of timely virtues, achieve a well-ordered relationship to time. 

READING GROUPS

Spring 2020

JANUARY 21, FEBRUARY 18, MARCH 24

THE POETRY OF W.H. AUDEN

Mike O'Malley & Jesse Caedington  |   5:15 - 6:15 p.m.   |   CSC Classroom   |   All are welcome 

W. H. Auden was one of the most influential poets of the 20th century and a convert to the Christian faith. While he was dubious about the power of poetry to effect meaningful change, his work remains a source of intellectual, moral, and spiritual insight. This group will consider one of Auden's poems at each meeting.
 

For the January 21st meeting, we will read "As I Walked Out One Evening."

JANUARY 29, FEBRUARY 26, MARCH 18

WENDELL BERRY: UNCOMMON
VISION FOR THE COMMON GOOD

Todd Best & Tim Schubert   |   5:15 - 6:15 p. m.    |   CSC Classroom  |   All are welcome

JANUARY 29, FEBRUARY 26, MARCH 25

RECONSIDERING ECCLESIASTES

Richard Horner, Director  |  1:00 - 2:00  p.m.    |   CSC Classroom  |   All are welcome

 

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This reading group will probe a wide range of Berry's writing to ponder the ways that he works out his agrarian understanding in specific areas of the common good, including economics, ecology, community, and technology.
 

Readings for January 29th on the theme of Ecology and the Common Good: "The Gift of the Good Land" and "Christianity and the Survival of Creation."

You can find previous readings here

People typically think Ecclesiastes is about the meaninglessness of life apart from God. I think this interpretation misunderstands the question that stands at the heart of the book and therefore misses its deep wisdom. In this reading group we will begin by considering ways that this typical interpretation falls short; second, we will seek to identify the question that drives the book; and finally, we will read through the entire book in light of our revised interpretation to see if it rings true to the text and to see what additional wisdom this alternate reading might offer.

 
 

JANUARY 31, FEBRUARY 22, APRIL 3

GRADUATE ROUNDTABLE

Brent Henderson  |  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  |   Henderson's home  |   For  graduate students 

A reading group for graduate students led by Brent Henderson, Associate Professor of Linguistics, UF. The Graduate Roundtable meets monthly on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the home of Brent and Valerie Henderson. Dinner provided. Please email the Study Center for details.

 
 

CLERGY GROUP SEMINAR

Spring 2020

TBD

Rest for the Weary: Renewing the Spirit in an Age of Exhaustion

Michael Sacasas  |  TBD |   CSC Classroom  |   For local clergy and ministry leaders

More information coming soon .