Building on Our Rock: Resilience, Reimagining, and Retooling

At Andrews, we are a University in pain. Our students and employees feel unsafe because of two viruses – the COVID 19 virus and the racism virus. These viruses are taking their toll on all of us – emotionally, psychologically, socially and intellectually we are in pain.

The theme for this year's Faculty Institute is Building on Our Rock: Resilience, Reimagining, and Retooling. The theme is informed by psalmist’s steadfast reliance on God.
“In you, LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress” (Psalm 71: 1-3).

The Psalmist reminds us that we matter to God! Our lives matter! Our students’ lives matter!

Thank you for coming together to engage in this professional development opportunity; and for all that you do to make Andrews University a thriving, Christ-centered community.


Please visit our schedule page to RSVP, learn more about the featured plenary sessions and choose from a variety of pre-institute and workshop sessions.

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Thursday, August 13
8:30 a.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center
Thursday Worship and Music
Presenter: Beverly Matiko
Music: Charles & Julie Reid and friends
9:00 a.m. Plenary: Fostering Resilience During Times of Crisis
Presenters: Ann Hamel, Ph.D. and Loren Hamel, MD

In light of the multiple challenges involved in re-opening schools in the midst of a global pandemic, Drs. Loren and Ann Hamel will discuss both the psychological and medical risks involved along with practices that can be put in place to mitigate the risks. As human beings, our bodies and minds are designed to be resilient in the face of hardship and challenges. In the last six months a great deal has been learned about the virus and how to protect ourselves from its devastating impact. This knowledge can allow us to approach this new school year with both courage and enthusiasm.

10:45–12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:30–1:45 p.m. Lunch
2:15–3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:00 p.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center
State of the University Address
Presenter: President Andrea Luxton
Friday, August 14
8:30 a.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center
Friday Worship and Music
Presenter: José Bourget
Music: Charles & Julie Reid and friends
9:00 a.m. Plenary: Renewing Our Minds: Faith and Reason Engagement in the Christian College or University
Presenter: Robert Benne, Ph.D.

In my lecture I will recount the story of my own journey in faith-reason engagement, from an intellectual awakening in college to the writing of a number of books in which I critically engage my theological perspective with various secular fields. Then I will outline what I mean by faith-reason engagement, and how it should be done in our colleges and universities. After developing those tasks on a theoretical level, I will conclude by offering a number of practical examples about how such engagement can be done.
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

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