In today’s society, we tend to evaluate university teachers on their ability to lecture well, knowledge of the subject matter, and ability to promote student learning. What might the Gospel of Luke have to say about this approach to teaching? How might Jesus’ spiritual practices affect his teaching? How these practices affect change not only in our lives as educators but also in the lives of our students?
On Thursday, 18 February 2021 at 1400 GMT/UTC, Dr. Catherine Wright, Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Bethel University in Minnesota (USA), will address these and other related questions in her presentation entitled ‘Spirituality and Academia: Learning Simplicity, Humility, and Prayer with Luke’s Earliest Readers’. In her talk, she will consider Luke’s readers as those who understood philosophy as a way of life, not just a topic for intellectual discourse. They would have expected teachers to be able to effect real change in the lives of their students through the example of their own virtuous lives. Moreover, they would have expected to read the Gospel of Luke and be changed by the Master Teacher–Jesus himself.