As a Christ-first University, Palm Beach Atlantic extends the integration of faith in learning extends beyond the walls of the chapel and into the classroom.
Faculty and staff who model this faith integration in their classrooms and fields of study are sharing their insights for Faith Works Week. Director of Athletics Courtney Lovely Evans began the week, speaking in Monday’s chapel about how she views her role at PBA as a “Kingdom assignment.” Sports provide a unique platform because they bring together people of different races, backgrounds and socio-economic levels, she said.
“God has given me this platform, so I don’t take it lightly,” said Evans, who is also a member of the new Council for Intercultural Engagement.
Drawing from PBA’s core values, she explained the three elements she seeks to bring to work each day. “If I work with integrity and excellence and love, then I am reflecting Him in everything I do.”
The speaker lineup for the rest of the week includes Dr. Mark Warnock, adjunct professor of church music and a pastor at Family Church who oversees the church-planting residency; Kathy McKinnon, assistant professor of nursing and the faculty adviser for Nurses Christian Fellowship; and Dr. Stephanie Bennett, professor of communication and media ecology and fellow for student engagement.
McKinnon earned the Inaugural Clark Faith & Learning Syllabus Award for her work teaching nursing students to integrate their faith into their own stress management routines and patient care.
Bennett has been instrumental in the University’s new Wordship initiative, leading a study of Parker Palmer’s book “To Know as We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey” for students, faculty and staff on Tuesday evenings in October. She will speak again in Thursday’s chapel.
The week concludes with a MOSAIC chapel on Friday. MOSAIC seeks to “see, celebrate and explore” cultural diversity on campus.
For those who would like to watch online, Wednesdays’ chapels are available online and updated weekly.
Photo: Director of Athletics Courtney Lovely speaks about how she views her role as "Kingdom assignment" during chapel for Faith Works Week.