Dr. Mary Louise Bringle, who taught Religious Studies and chaired the Humanities and Fine Arts Division at St. Andrews from 1983-2000, is returning to present a lecture as part of the national program NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education).
Her speech will be in Avinger Auditorium on Monday, August 12, 11 a.m. and is titled "Sustainable Strengths: A Liberating Education for the 21st Century."
Dr. Bringle is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and coordinator of the Integrated Studies major at Brevard College. Her Ph.D. in Theological Studies is from Emory University. She is an award-winning hymn writer, and her original texts and translations are included in multiple collections, including the hymnals of numerous denominations in North America and Scotland. Dr. Bringle recently served as President of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada and as chair of the committee that created the newest hymnal for the Presbyterian Church USA. She is a ruling elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, NC.
This lecture will kick off a year long, campus-wide discussion of St Andrews University’s identity, purpose and direction as a college. Throughout the process, St. Andrews will be considering four questions: 1) What does it mean to be a Presbyterian-related college today?; 2) How do we carry out our commitment as a liberal arts college to educate the whole person?; 3) How must we change in order to remain faithful to our mission in the contemporary context?; 4) How can we engage in relationships of mutual service and support in the wider community?
This program is supported by a grant from NetVUE which is a nationwide network of colleges and universities formed to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. Its purposes include deepening the understanding of the intellectual and theological dimensions of vocational exploration and examining the role of vocational exploration in a variety of institutional contexts. This initiative is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) with generous support from the Lilly Endowment Inc. and members. St. Andrews University, a Branch of Webber International University, is a member of CIC.