You are alone, walking leisurely up a sidewalk. Various noises fill in the absence of conversation. You look around and see trees, maybe buildings and cars. Now you turn your attention back to the vantage point ahead of you.
Every semester that I teach the Capstone Seminar in Christian Life class, students write a spiritual biography paper that describes their spiritual journey, including how their time at JBU has influenced their relationship with God.
In the past four days alone, more than 200,000 people have entered Turkey, fleeing from the violence in Syria. The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan is a temporary home to about 80,000 refugees, with nearly half of them under the age of 12.
This summer, I was able to travel to Guatemala to study Spanish while getting to know the culture from an inside perspective. This was my second trip to Central America, the first being with JBU. Traveling to Guatemala independently this summer was such a fascinating and exciting experience!
This is something I often hear from students and faculty when hard discussions of race come up. And, since I teach early American history, the history of slavery and African history here at JBU, the topic of race comes up often.