Last night was one of the highlights of my 16 month tenure as chaplain of Geneva College. I got to participate in the Geneva Reading Series, an initiative of the brilliantly creative Dr. Dan Williams. GRS has become one of my favorite parts of being at Geneva. It’s a time when the campus community can come together to enjoy and celebrate God’s good gifts among us. Music, poetry, humorous stories, contemplative essays and other creative compositions by students and faculty remind us of the joy of being human. GRS is a time to allow our souls a deep, cleansing breath, to revel in being image bearers of the God who has built spectacular beauty into his creation, and especially into humanity.
GRS represents so much of why I love being at Geneva, why I love Christian higher education rooted in the humanities, and why it breaks my heart that the academic disciplines which give rise to such joyful gatherings and which spark such brilliant fire in the hearts of students – music, literature, writing, history, philosophy and theology – are increasingly considered expendable in the brutal but necessary battle to keep college as inexpensive as possible. Cutting deeply into such disciplines [...]