A new academic year is poised to begin and I am excited once more to jump into ministry in this place. Last year we ministered alongside almost twenty student leaders to about 130 students in the law school, medical school, and the graduate school of arts & sciences. Thanks be to God.
I attended the annual campus ministers’ retreat yesterday. During our time together we looked at a document that doesn’t often get a lot of attention here – “Guiding Principles of the Wake Forest community.”
The last page of the document has a section entitled “Spiritual Growth” which states,
Wake Forest welcomes students of all faiths. As an academic community, we are richer and more diverse to the extent that out learning reflects the universal quest for faith. In our academic setting, the pursuit of reason is not narrowly conceived but is informed by the imagination and the quest for spiritual growth. Reason relies upon religion to reveal the meaning of goodness in our lives. Religion depends upon reason to avoid succumbing to delusion and fallacy. We believe that students should explore the spiritual dimension to human existence in ways that prompt examination of self and perceptions of the world.
I think this is a pretty good statement – all things considered – and it makes me happy to be at Wake Forest.