Faith seeks understanding. I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand.
-St Anselm of Canterbury
Through study, resident staff are better equipped to serve Todd, Blackburn’s Chapel, and each other. We value the life of the mind, and seek a life of action and reflection.
Blackburn House resident staff meet once a week to discuss a book relevant to the life and mission of the House. At the beginning of the year, we compile a diverse curriculum of materials from influential Christian and non-Christian thinkers for the spiritual formation and education of resident staff, as well as the formation of the House as a thriving community.
We regularly seek educational opportunities that help inform our life and ministry and our leadership development, whether attending workshops, conferences such as the CCDA Conference, lectures at Appalachian State University, or learning from community partners.
If you have resources and training that you believe would contribute to the continuing education of the BBH please contact us.
Reconciling All Things – Emmanuel Katongole & Chris Rice
Slow Church – C. Christopher Smith & John Pattison
The Gift of Being Yourself – David G. Benner
Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us– Christine D. Pohl
Becoming Native to this Place – Wes Jackson
Enneagram Spirituality – Suzanne Zuercher
Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven – L. Gregory Jones & Celestin Musekura
Living Without Enemies – Samuel Wells & Marcia A. Owen
Living Gently in a Violent World – Stanley Hauerwas & Jean Vanier
Welcoming Justice – Charles Marsh & John Perkins
Friendship at the Margins – Chris Heuertz & Christine D. Pohl