As part of the university’s goal to attract and develop outstanding Christian scholars and to have a more pronounced impact in the broader world of ideas, Biola has launched three academic centers since 2012. These centers are designed to put into action the aspiration for Biola to become a global center for Christian thought. Though they are housed at Biola and offer many enrichment opportunities for current students, faculty and staff, these centers are focused less on the internal community than on the world outside Biola. How can Biola take the spiritual, intellectual and material resources God has given us and present them to those around the world who could most benefit? How can Biola become a trusted resource for Christian wisdom on everything from philosophy to film, marriage and the meaning of love? These centers were developed to answer these questions.
Biola University Center for Christian Thought
What is it? An opportunity for scholars from a variety of Christian perspectives to come to Biola for a semester to work collaboratively on a selected research theme. Together, these research fellows and visiting scholars develop their ideas, refine their thinking and examine important cultural issues in a way that is informed by Scripture. Their work results in scholarly and popular-level materials, providing the broader culture with thoughtful Christian perspectives on current events, ethical concerns and social trends.
Who is it for? Academics, pastors, church leaders and everyday Christians who recognize the need for Christian wisdom in the life of the church and society
When did it launch? 2012
What resources does it offer? Scholarly lectures and panel discussions; Articles, videos, podcasts, e-newsletters; The Table blog and journal; Annual “Table” conference; Annual academic conference; Published books
Biola University Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts
What is it? A multidisciplinary resource that aims to create opportunities for thoughtful reflection on the interplay of Christian faith, the larger culture and the world of the arts. The CCCA is an integrative endeavor, hosting and promoting the work of poets, novelists, visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, theologians, musicians, actors, philosophers and more. The center’s goal is to foster appreciation for, conversation about and expression of art that speaks truth about ourselves and God’s world.
Who is it for? Artists, academics, theologians, students and anyone interested in probing the relationship between art, culture and faith
When did it launch? 2013
What resources does it offer? Online articles ; Arts events calendar ; “Cultural Conversation” videos; Advent and Lent Projects: Online multimedia devotionals; Concerts, lectures and other arts-related events; Annual Arts & Faith symposium
Biola University Center for Marriage and Relationships
What is it? A relationships resource that combines the timeless, cross-cultural wisdom of Scripture with relevant and timely perspectives from scholarly research. The CMR exists to build and sustain healthy relationships and marriages in the church and broader culture, providing a safe place for individuals, couples and families to share their stories and be heard. The CMR desires to restore and inspire a vision of marriage that reflects the beautiful model of Christ’s redeeming love for the church.
Who is it for? Engaged and married couples, college students, alumni, scholars and pastors looking for resources in the areas of healthy relationships
When did it launch? 2014
What resources does it offer? Relationship seminars ; Weekend marriage retreats; Online articles and videos ; Relationships class for Biola students ; Lectures and panel discussions