Why Reflecting Faith? Discover accessible, rigorous resources to help you grow in your calling.

If you are Christian and work in higher education, how can you learn to responsibly ground your thought and practice in your faith? Reflecting Faith offers short, accessible, high quality online courses developed by experienced Christian scholars and available worldwide at low cost.

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Who is Reflecting Faith for?

All who desire to understand how faith can inform the work of higher education.

Faculty Members

Explore how Christian theological commitments can inform and inspire your teaching, research, and service.

Administrators and Board Members

Reflecting Faith can enhance your own vision, as well as support your institution’s faculty development needs.

Graduate Students

Are you preparing for a career in higher education? Use Reflecting Faith to deepen the resources you bring to your vocation as a Christian scholar.

How it Works

What are the Topics?

How are Courses Offered?

What is the Cost?

What are the Topics?

Each course takes either a theological theme or a specific faculty responsibility as a focus for exploring the relationship between Christian faith and the work of higher education. In each course you will engage with Scripture, insights from the Christian tradition, and current scholarship, and examples of the work of current faculty at other institutions.

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How are Courses Offered?

Our online courses are offered at various times during the year – click through to a specific course to check availability. Learning and interaction with others are asynchronous, so time zone is not a barrier. The materials are designed to accommodate different levels of internet access. Each course runs for two weeks, during which you will engage in 6-7 hours of learning, which you can plan around your own schedule.

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What is the Cost?

Courses are offered at a low cost, but if that price is a barrier we are able to offer financial aid upon request. We also offer discounts to groups from the same institution.

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Current Courses

All courses are offered on a repeating basis. Here are some examples of current course topics – click through to our courses page to see the full range of courses and to learn more about each course.

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Engaging Responsibly with Scripture

The Bible carries authority for Christian educators, but it is not a collection of handy verses related to all disciplines of the modern university. How, then, does it speak to our work?
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Educating for Shalom

A range of scholars have explored the biblical understanding of “shalom,” a holistic state of wellbeing in which relationships are restored, injustice is overcome, and wholeness is experienced. This course focuses on the biblical concept of shalom and how it relates to higher education.
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The World as God’s Creation

For Christians, the fundamental distinction in being is between Creator (the triune God) and creation (everything else). This course focuses on clarifying the core theological notion of the world as creation and considering the light it sheds upon the work of higher education.
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Hospitality to the Stranger

The biblical theme of hospitality has played a significant role in recent theological writing and as a lens for thinking about a range of topics, including civic and religious diversity, education, intercultural learning, and disability. This course focuses on how the biblical concept of hospitality can connect faith and learning in higher education.
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Faith and Pedagogy

A Christian framework for higher education affects not just the ideas we teach, but how we teach and learn. How might Christian commitment affect pedagogy? Can we make such a connection without lapsing into one-size-fits-all prescription? This course explores how faith can inform pedagogy.
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Faith, Community, and Learning

The idea and practice of community intersects in complex ways with our work in higher education, both in the classroom and in scholarship across the range of academic disciplines. This course will explore what we might mean by Christian community and just a few of the possible connections to higher education.
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Humanity in God's Image

Early in Scripture we encounter an astounding statement about humanity—that the human race is made in the “image of God.” This course will explore some implications of this important teaching across a range of disciplines and tasks in academic life.
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