It is not uncommon to hear undergraduate students (and, indeed, many older adults as well) identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” But what do students mean by this self-description? Do they understand these terms in the same way that we administrators do? In a recent essay published in Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, Dr. Dawn Overstreet shares the results of a study she conducted, during which she asked undergraduate students directly whether and how they differentiate spirituality from religion. The purpose of her research was to examine how undergraduate Catholics attending a Catholic university conceive of themselves as spiritual or religious and the differences, if any, between the two descriptors. The perspectives of the 20 young adults she interviewed provide a rare and thought-provoking window into the minds and hearts of undergraduate students. To read Dr. Overstreet’s essay, click here.
Dr. Dawn V. Overstreet serves as assistant vice president for student development at Loyola University Chicago.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice is a refereed, open access, online journal that promotes and disseminates scholarship about the purposes, practices, and issues in Catholic education at all levels. To learn more and explore past and present issues, visit the journal online.
What do math and Gospels, humbition, and partnerships with pests have to do with excellence in Jesuit education? Find out in the newest edition of “Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.” This issue’s articles explore a variety of engaging topics written by administrators, faculty and students. Harry Dammer’s “Obstacles to Excellence” is a particularly interesting and accessible article that could be used in staff meetings to provoke lively and constructive conversation about how we, as Student Affairs professionals, do our work in the context of today’s financial, social, and curricular realities. Read the full spring 2011 edition of Conversations online.
Jesuit Resources, Xavier University’s online resource for Jesuit education and Ignatian spirituality, offers readers a model for praying the Examen through the lens of diversity. The Examen is a form of daily prayer that St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, practiced and taught in his Spiritual Exercises. This five-step meditative practice takes only a few minutes and is meant to provide an opportunity to engage in prayerful reflection on the events of our day, in order to discover God’s presence and direction for us. For more information about the Daily Examen, including suggestions for how to make the Examen part of your day, click here.
ACCU’s Winter 2010 Update is now available online. You’ll find the publication chock full of information about upcoming conferences and interesting announcements from schools across the country. For example…did you know that Siena College has just been named New York state’s first “fair trade college”? Or that the geology and geophysics department at our very own Boston College has just been renamed to reflect green interests? Check out the full publication for these and other stories…
ACCU, founded in 1899, is the collective voice of Catholic higher education in the United States. Through seminars, conferences, publications, research and consultation, ACCU helps to foster a vibrant Catholic identity at member institutions and supports cooperation among them for the greater good of society and the Church. Learn more about ACCU by visiting the organization’s website.
Kevin Ahern, a doctoral student in Boston College’s department of theology, reflects on the apostolic vocation of the college student in the latest edition of C21 Resources.
Kevin Ahern is a doctoral student in theological ethics at Boston College. He is the past international president of the International Movement of Catholic Students (2003-2007), a global network of Catholic student organizations in over 85 countries around the world. In that role, Kevin worked with student leaders from around the world and represented them in international forums with the Vatican and the United Nations. In 2008, Kevin was elected as an international vice-president of the movement of Catholic intellectuals and professionals, ICMICA-Pax Romana. In 2008, Kevin was the editor of the Radical Bible with Orbis press and has had articles published in several publications, including the international journal of theology, Concilium.