Western Campus Ministry
"Western education has offered us a distorted vision
of what an educated person should look like ... .
My entire adult life has been spent in and around educational institutions
watching a formation that leaves its greatest treasure untapped,
a treasure that would move us toward a true maturity
that is a way of life together,
a way that forms new life together."
Willie James Jennings
from After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging
Here are the ways you can connect with community and integrate faith and life at Western.
Do you have a heart, mind, and hands for supporting student flourishing, especially students facing food insecurity? Connect with us as we connect on-campus departments with off-campus partners to meet the food needs of our hungry fellow Mustangs. No one should have to live on chicken fingers alone. Email Dr. Wagenman to get involved.
Junior Scholar Reading Group
Many scholars are people of faith. But how one integrates one's own faith and scholarship is a complex question. Herman Dooyeweerd (1894-1977) was professor of Law at the Free University of Amsterdam, the founder and editor of the academic journal Philosophia Reformata, and prolific Christian author. In the late 1950s he toured the United States and his lectures were published in 1960 as In the Twilight of Western Thought. In this short book (130 pages), he offers Christian scholars important philosophical tools for their work. Join us for a Junior Scholar Reading Group that will meet monthly online from January to August to discuss this book chapter by chapter. (A "junior scholar" is a MA or PhD student or those within the first five years after graduation). Email Dr. Wagenman to sign up.
Luke's Place Coffee House
Thursday nights from 8 to 10 pm at Luke’s Place (1204 Richmond Street). Experience and participate in community where you can relax, have fun, and meet new people. Our ‘mike’ is open for those who enjoy sharing music, stories, or poetry.
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Mike has been at Western since 2005, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Religious Studies (Western) and Theology (Huron). Mike loves questions related to spirituality, faith, religion, values, worldview, and life - especially as they relate to culture, society, theology and philosophy. His work on campus is related primarily to mentoring graduate students and helping everyone connect with supportive communities.
- BA University of Minnesota
- MDiv Calvin Theological Seminary
- PhD University of Bristol (UK)
- Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Scripture Collective at The Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology (a member of the Cambridge University Theological Federation).
- Fellow, Faith in Scholarship at the Thinking Faith Network (UK)
- Department of Religion and Theology, Redeemer University, Ancaster, ON.
- Adjunct Faculty, The Institute for Christian Studies at the University of Toronto