Questions and a solution

“Asking Important Questions That Are Framed by Faith” — A College Conversation
Wednesday, October 2
5:00 PM
Madsen Recital Hall
Harris Fine Arts Center

Memorandum

Date: 26 September 2013
To: Students, Faculty and Staff of the College of Fine Arts and Communications
From: Rodger Sorensen, Associate Dean
Re: College Conversations

Education is a process of asking and seeking answers to important questions. In many of the disciplines in our college we often encounter tough questions that challenge our faith. The Aims of a BYU Education encourage students, faculty and staff not to ignore difficult and important questions. “Rather they should frame their questions in prayerful, faithful ways, leading them to answers that equip them to give ‘a reason for the hope that is in’ them (1 Peter 3:15) and to articulate honestly and thoughtfully their commitments to Christ and to His Church.”

Having recently invited each of you to make a commitment as to what you might do to improve learning and teaching in the college this year, we now invite you to join us in a conversation about how to ask and address important and even difficult questions, in our classrooms and with each other. Specifically we will explore questions you may face that lie at the intersection between our disciplines and our faith. Led by faculty and administrators of the college, the conversation invites us, as Elder Jeffrey R. Holland recently said, to “be as candid about your questions as you need to be,” but to not “let those questions stand in the way of faith working its miracle.”

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We hope to see you there!

Food for thought–
Below are links to several talks that might inform this conversation:

Lord, I Believe” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Trial of Your Faith” by Neil L. Andersen

What is Truth” by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The Reflection in the Water” by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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