Building Authentic Community: Design Matters

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As an architect, design matters. The design of a building or a place shapes how people experience the environment in which they reside. Conversely, space that is poorly designed for its intended use negatively affects a person’s experience. As a follower of Christ, design matters. It is evident in Scripture that design mattered to the […]

Ten Ways a Community Can Create More Community

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by Bill Boerman-Cornell and Neil Okuley During a 2005 commencement address, author David Foster Wallace pleaded with the graduates of Kenyon College to be aware of and do battle with what he called our “default setting.” He argued that our default setting is thoroughly self-focused, preventing us from truly being able to see and connect […]

Relational Virtues in the Science Classroom

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In my first few years of teaching, nothing made me more nervous than when students asked science questions I couldn’t answer. I’d be teaching about energy and someone would raise his hand and ask about nuclear power plants—something that wasn’t in my lesson plan for that day or included in that unit at all. In […]

Sacred Spaces

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By Mark Brink and Bill Boerman-Cornell As the start of the new school year marks a time of transition for all educators, it also marks a time of transition for the Christian Educators Journal. After six years of faithful service to the CEJ, Gary VanAaragon retired from his post as editor last spring. (The December […]

The Practice of Hospitality: From Cup to Community

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by Debra Paxton-Buursma with Becca Brasser, Shanna Pargellis, John Booy, Mark Ponstine, and Mark VanZanten The topic of hospitality and the Christian life floods books, blogs, conferences, and conversations. Scholars revisit biblical hosting of angels and Medieval pilgrimage inn practices, sip tea from east to west, and critique Martha Stewart in defining hospitality. Hospitality metaphors […]

Grace in the Midst of Missteps

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by Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk with Becca Brasser, Shanna Pargellis, Frency Frans, Livy Fusta, Emily Terpstra, and Glenda Hicks “The quality of human life on our planet is nothing more than the sum total of our daily interactions with one another”  (Tutu 4). Observing Forgiveness Routines As we listened and asked questions at the schools we […]

Welcoming International Students: One School’s Approach

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It seems that with the start of each new school year, the number of international students in my classes increases.  Names like Yeonhui, and HaEun appear on my attendance list next to Nicholas, Samantha, and Adam. Incorporating these international students into the student body at Unity Christian High School (an independent Christian high school of […]