Well, our first year is finished. We held our closing dinner last Monday, June 15th, and students, their families, faculty, and board were in attendance. Director Hodges played MC, and speeches were given by students, faculty and board about the significance of the work we are doing, and the specific experiences each had this year.
The students graciously thanked the faculty and board for their work to make the year possible, and said in various ways that they will always remember the rich discussions, the fabric of life at L'abri, the time to get to know other cities (Paris, Chartres, Versailles, London, Cambridge), and the joy of a year together.
We hope that the year gave what was promised: a better understanding of how a Christian can see life through the eyes of faith, and some insight into the great writers, artists, and musicians who addressed the big questions of life -- the questions every generation must address. It is wise to reflect on the answers they have given: THEY are our rich cultural inheritance. The reason that we have museums, concert halls, and libraries is so that we can have access to these answers, these ideas, these profound human experiences, embodied in words, paint, stone, sound. If it were not for these media, these answers would be lost to us today. But make no mistake -- these embodied answers ARE our inheritance, and our vision is clearer when we include them in our thinking. We are unwise to dismiss the past when we consider the present. G. K. Chesterton has said that we rightly reject the idea of excluding the vote of someone just because he is not of our social class -- why should we exclude the votes of our ancestors just because they are no longer living?
C. S. Lewis has said that it is not so much that we need more people to write about Christianity, rather we need more Christians who will write about everything else (cooking, art, business practices, philosophy, et c.). We hope that we have encouraged our students to see and ponder all of life from the vantage point of the Faith, and that through our work, they will each be encouraged to take the truth into every area of their work.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining us for our year starting August 24th, 2009, please contact our Director John Hodges at 229.9409 or by email email@example.com. We have openings for our student year, and for an adult course of study that we are calling our "Reader's Seminar." We would be pleased to discuss the details with you and even put you in touch with the students who have just completed this year so that you could hear first hand how things went.
Special thanks to our faculty: Bill Jenkins, Keith Callis, and John Hodges who helped make this year the great success it was. And thanks to our Board members who encourage and support this important work.