Center for Faith and Culture


Launching in fall 2021, this Center will foster spiritual exploration, authentic dialogue and contemplation of the known and unknown in pursuit of wisdom, healing and human flourishing

Center for Faith & Culture logoMade possible by a gift from Philip, ’71, and Patricia Love, the Center for Faith and Culture will support the Jewell community and beyond on a faith-based journey of growth and discovery.

  • Jewell students will have the opportunity to complete workshops as part of their co-curricular education associated with the College’s core value of Spiritual Exploration. 
  • Faculty will be invited to teach, learn and engage with the Center to enrich their pedagogy and personal growth. They will consider how their teaching, particularly within the Sacred and Secular level of the Core Curriculum, can connect with the work of the Center and how students can put into practice the theological precepts presented in the classroom.
  • Alumni, area clergy and laypeople will be encouraged to join the campus community in exploring the intersections of faith and flourishing.

The Yale Center for Faith and Culture at Yale Divinity School, of which Phil Love served as managing director before his retirement, was the model for Jewell's Center. Through this collaboration, Jewell will offer workshops on “A Life Worth Living” that will support spiritual exploration leading to lives of purpose and meaning.
 

Leadership

Brendon Benz portraitDr. Brendon Benz, associate professor of Religion and History, serves as the Center’s Founding Theologian-in-Residence. He will work closely with the Yale Center for Faith and Culture in offering Christian-centered, non-credit-bearing courses on living a meaningful life through journeys of faith, and he will facilitate in-depth dialogue with faculty on ways to strengthen and support our Sacred and Secular offerings within the Core Curriculum.