/ Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

Faith and Scholarship Discussion Series

The Faith and Scholarship Discussion Series supports Hope College as a community of faithful Christian scholars.

In order to grow as a community of faithful Christian scholars, we — faculty, staff and students — need to meet with one another in fellowship to discuss how the breadth of meaning inherent in terms like “faith” and “scholarship” creates a depth of their possible integration.

We are not chairing the discussion of faith, scholarship and vocation here at Hope College — no one is. The point is neither to impose a particular view nor to require anyone to learn, teach, research, or serve a certain way. If there is a reason for the discussion, it is to help build a community of Christian scholars faithful to the mission of integrating the lives of the mind and of the spirit, a community whose members are comfortably vulnerable about how they define and live out these terms and their relationship to one another, and a community that enacts and models the virtues of civil discourse for all to see.

The Faith and Scholarship Discussion Series takes place on Thursday at 8 a.m. over the summer, in Schaap Science Center Room 1118. Typically each week a member of the Hope College faculty will lead a discussion about the integration of faith and scholarship in the context of vocation.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a broader conversation about these critically important issues. Coffee, juice and bagels will be served, and we will be finished by 9 a.m.

We welcome all students, faculty and staff to these discussions.

The 2018 Discussion Series

The 2018 series will be centered around a book. Beginning after Memorial Day, each week we will discuss chapters from Todd Ream and Perry Glanzer's The Idea of a Christian College: A Reexamination for Today's University. Copies of the book will be distributed; coffee, juice, and bagels will be served; and we will be finished by 9 a.m. Here is a tentative schedule:

May 31: Introduction
June 7: Chapters 1-2
June 14: Chapters 3-4
June 21: Chapters 5-6
June 28: Chapters 7-8
July 5: Chapters 9-10
July 12: Conclusion

2017 Faith & Scholarship Lecture

Professor Henry F. Schaefer, University of Georgia, presented "The Faith of a Scientist" on October 5, 2017. Cosponsored by the Office of Research and Scholarship and the Hope College Chemistry Department.


The Faith and Scholarship Discussion Series is sponsored by a Professional Development Award from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), of which Hope College is a charter member, and the offices of the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship.