This last Thursday’s group meetings for Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice. We have 15 student teaching assistants leading 15 groups of King students. And in the last photo you see our lead teaching assistant, Sydney Bailey, meeting with our teaching assistants as we debrief after the groups. This last week’s theme was “How to Live the Good Life.” We study Hebrew wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs, etc) and think through if and how this ancient wisdom speaks to our lives today. Essentially, I am inviting the students to think creatively and feely about speaking beauty to the chaos of this world as God does in Genesis 1. Their assignment is to write at least a five-line poem that speaks beauty to chaos without denying or diminishing chaos, tragedy, suffering, oppression. When we deny the chaos we lose creation. Of course, this is opposed to most of American Christianity where devotees deny the chaos or use the baby Jesus as a magic wand to “remove” the chaos. Teaching this theme in this way is what we call 21st century teaching of the Christian Scriptures to 21st century students. Yes, it’s true, King Bible and Religion left the 1950’s awhile ago. If you want an idea of one our discussions, check out the video below on Theme 1: God Creates by Speaking Into the Chaos. The video was filmed in Palestine while on one of our digs.
Going on our 11th year now for Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice. We still have a ways to go, but we’ve come a long way too.
Many thanks to the incomparable Sydney Bailey and our hard-working teaching assistants:
Students teaching students.
Meet Our Students: Foundations Teaching Assistant
“Hello! My name is Rachel Keen. I’m a freshman this year. I am from Lebanon,Virginia, and I am a commuter to King. I took “Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice” last fall and it was by far my favorite class. I love this class because it is so different from any other class I’ve taken. It makes you think for yourself. It is very interesting to learn about the Bible and the Christian religion as a whole. I am very excited to be a teaching assistant for Professor Hudson’s class this semester. I plan to major in History with a minor in Secondary Education with hopes of becoming a high school history teacher. My interest in teaching and love for helping others is what pushed me to be a TA for Hudson this semester. I also work at my local Food City as a front end manager, which I have learned is great for practicing people skills and time management. I am excited to meet all the new students and I hope they enjoy this class as much as I did last semester!”
Again, we are so fortunate to have Rachel join us this semester. She did a great job in class last semester, and she’s from one of the most beautiful places in America. Thank you, Rachel, for all you do for our students and King.