What's Faith Got To Do With It?

January 18, 2005

Educators, scholars, students and Baptist leaders from across the country will meet at Baylor April 18-19 for a conference titled "The Future of Baptist Higher Education."
"Church-related schools have found it hard to resist the onslaught of secularization," said Donald D. Schmeltekopf, provost emeritus and organizer of the event. "This powerful fact has prompted a loss of serious Christian identity."
Schmeltekopf said Baptist higher education faces challenges in the areas of student enrollment, faculty recruitment, financial resources and denominational accountability.
"Since most Baptist state conventions are decreasing their support every year, a crucial topic is one of purpose," he said. "Exactly what is distinctive about Baptist colleges and universities that make them both worthy of support and integral to the Christian faith itself?"
Keynote speakers include William Hull, Samford University provost emeritus; David Gushee, the Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.; and Martin Marty, the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. 
A registration fee of $125 ($50 for students) covers three meals and conference costs.