We always like hearing about the schools in our National Network – what they are up to, what programs they are developing, etc. Just as much as we like to hear about what former postdoctoral fellows are doing. Today, we get a bit of both in the recent post from former fellow, Caryn Riswold, over at her excellent blog, feminismxianity. Riswold, who is also a member of our National Network Board and LFP representative for Illinois College, reviews the latest “good news about religious higher education” appearing in Religious News Service and Christianity Today.
Riswold’s post reminds readers of the important role the LFP can and does play in continuing the ecumenical dialogue that happens within our network of schools. I am particularly drawn to her reminder that “Church-related higher education, like Christianity itself, brings together people who don’t agree on all things.” The LFP continues to provide a space and forum for diverse network schools to engage in conversation about their respective institutions. One thing from my time with the LFP that I have found remarkable is that representatives from the different faith traditions come together at national conferences or in regional gatherings to share best practices. These are diverse schools not only in matters of faith, but also in size, research and teaching orientation, and in geography. They all share concerns about faculty development and mentoring, preservation of tradition and faith, and maintaining institutions that provide a solid foundation to their students.
Go check out Riswold’s latest post.
Posted by Mary Beth Fraser Connolly