I had the most enjoyable privilege of participating in a panel discussion on the gospel and the university campus, sponsored by The Living Church Institute. It gave me the opportunity to interact with a group of practitioners who had very provocative viewpoints and good questions to ask. As a follow-up to the panel, The Living Church (the magazine of The Episcopal Church) published this brief essay and response.
I sometimes say that the field of higher education is like the wild, wild, West. There are more than 18 million college students in this country, with thousands of schools of several different types to serve them. It has become an exceedingly competitive market. Schools face the demand to offer increasingly targeted services while at the same time keeping costs manageable. They struggle with how to market themselves to prospective students who, with their parents, are savvy consumers.
The big question is, what is happening to students’ faith within this pressure-cooker system? This brief essay, with a response, speaks to the situation. If you are interested in any of these topics, I would love to chat.
Here is the link to the essay: https://livingchurch.org/2019/01/10/the-gospel-and-the-university-campus/