Reflections on creation, calling, and community
|Winston Seegobin draws on his experience in psychology to effectively teach the new core course.
“Messiah puts a huge emphasis on community. I think this class has shown where community fits into scripture. We are created for fellowship with each other, but more importantly, for glorifying God.”
—Elizabeth Ball ’07, a sophomore resident assistant enrolled in the core course.
“As I teach, I hope that students will learn that we are all created in the image of God and, as a result, we all have inherent value. I also want students to discover their creativity, understand the importance of reconciliation, explore the role of community, and begin to think about their vocation/calling.”
—Winston Seegobin, professor of psychology and one of the instructors involved with teaching the pilot of Created and Called for Community in the spring 2005 semester.
|The new core course has given Louann Zinsmeister, professor of nursing, the opportunity to teach from a variety of disciplines.
“I am not the type of faculty member who would usually be chosen to participate in teaching a course like [Created and Called for Community]. But my passion has always been to help facilitate the connections students are able to make between the liberal arts and disciplines categorized as “professions.” Therefore, my hope is that the liberal arts courses and the liberal education experience can have purpose and can matter even to students who have come to college primarily to prepare for a vocation."
“This type of learning community fits well with the vision that Ernest Boyer
perceived for liberal education. He believed that liberal education is more than just taking a set of courses, but that it is actually the experience of learning that goes beyond the classroom and extends to all aspects of the higher education learning environment.”
—Louann Zinsmeister, professor of nursing, served as an instructor for the core course.