Seminar on integration of faith and learning held at Loma Linda
Participants and lecturers in the 38th international faith and learning seminar pose for a photograph in front of the Good Samaritan sculpture on the Loma Linda University campus. Twenty-four participants from 15 nations participated in this year’s conference.
The 38th international faith and learning seminar co-sponsored by the Institute for Christian Teaching (a service of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist department of education), the Geoscience Research Institute, and Loma Linda University concluded at Loma Linda on Friday, July 25.
Conveners for the event were Humberto M. Rasi, PhD, special projects coordinator for the General Conference department of education; Leonard R. Brand, PhD, professor of natural science, School of Science and Technology, and James Gibson, PhD, director, Geoscience Research Institute.
“The interdisciplinary seminar is presented for Seventh-day Adventist college and university science teachers and researchers in Adventist institutions of higher learning, especially those responsible for courses on science and religion,” Dr. Rasi says.
The main objectives of the conference were to provide participants an opportunity and a context for focused study, reflection, and discussion of the essentials of Seventh-day Adventist educational philosophy and their implications for teaching, learning, and research in the sciences; to familiarize participants with the basic concepts of the integration of faith, values, learning, and profession and their application in educational settings; and to enable participants to become initiators or supporters of the process of integrating faith, values, teaching, learning, and administration among their colleagues in their respective educational contexts.
Twenty-four participants from 15 nations participated in this year’s conference. Participants included Lydia D. Andrews, Valley View University, Ghana; Sanjeevan Arsud, Spicer Memorial College, India; Finbar Benjamin, Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama; Danilo Boskovic, Loma Linda University; Dale C. Claveria, Mountain View College, Philippines; Gaspar F. Colon, Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland; Noble Donkor, Canadian University College, Canada; Matthias Dorn, Friedensau Adventist University, Germany; Warren H. Johns, Loma Linda University; Rodger F. Jones, Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea; Maria Jose Lopez Chavarrias, Sagunto Adventist College, Spain; Yetunde O. Makinde, Babcock University, Nigeria; Isaac Oyewole, Babcock University, Nigeria; Priscilla Pilly, University of the Southern Caribbean, Trinidad; Adrian Platts, Helderberg College, South Africa; Arthur G. Schwarz, Bugema University, Uganda; David A. Steen, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan; Grace Tayo, Babcock University, Nigeria; Joshua Tobing, Universitas Advent Indonesia, Indonesia; Silvia Torreblanca, Linda Vista University, Mexico; and Howard Weems, Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama.
More than 600 Adventist educators have participated in the 37 previous seminars of the Institute for Christian Teaching. Seminars have been held in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, England, France, Ghana, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States.
More than 600 essays on the integration of faith with various academic and professional fields, prepared by seminar participants, along with other relevant articles, have been published in the Christ in the Classroom collection that now totals 36 volumes.
Sets of this collection are available in the Loma Linda University library. A selection of these essays may be downloaded free from the institute’s website at <http://ict.adventist.org>.
By Richard Weismeyer