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King University News :: King University Awarded $8000 Grant from the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

King University has been awarded the Teaching of the Bible grant in the amount of $8000 from the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.’s Presbyterian Mission Agency. King’s proposal, Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice, was ranked first among the six proposals received this year.

The Presbyterian Mission Agency offers annual grants to churches and related institutions who are doing innovative initiatives to increase awareness of the Bible and biblical studies in congregations or institutions. Typically, grants are awarded for ideas that are both a demonstrated need and also out of the box.

“We are pleased to be a recipient of this grant by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. This is the first time King University has applied for and received this grant,” says The Rev. Dr. Fred Foy Strang, Chaplain, and dean of the Peeke School for Christian Mission, and professor of Missions and Philosophy Religion at King. “The grant allows us to fund 10 peer mentors for the 2013-14 academic year to help facilitate King’s Foundations of Christian Faith and Practice course. The experience will be constructive for both peer mentors and students.” 

The innovative course is based on active learning theory and is taken by incoming freshman and transfer students. The course professor posits engaging information and questions based on materials already covered by students outside the classroom; this is followed by small group breakout sessions led by upper class students who have excelled in the course and/or are Religious Studies major. The peer mentors guide discussion based on the time they themselves have spent with the materials and with the professor of the course preparing them to steer the group and keep on task. The peer mentors also assist their small groups in the development of a semester culminating paper which tasks each student with crafting a Christian worldview essay based on their biblical and theological study during the semester.

“This course introduces key historical themes, persons, and events in the biblical story in a broader brushstroke. It provides students who have little exposure to biblical studies an introduction to the Christian faith and the Bible. At the culmination of the course, students synthesize knowledge gained throughout the course into a worldview paper emphasizing global citizenship from a Christian perspective,” adds Strang.

For more information on Religious Studies at King University, contact Dr. Don Michael Hudson, chair of the Philosophy and Religion department, at 423.652.4154 or dmhudson@king.edu or The Rev. Dr. Fred Foy Strang at 423.652.4708 or ffstrang@king.edu. 

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