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.

2014-2015 Curriculum

Currently Reading:

Reconciling All Things – Emmanuel Katongole & Chris Rice

We’ve Read:

Slow ChurchC. Christopher Smith & John Pattison

The Gift of Being YourselfDavid G. Benner

Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us– Christine D. Pohl

To Read:

Becoming Native to this Place – Wes Jackson

Enneagram Spirituality – Suzanne Zuercher

Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven – L. Gregory Jones & Celestin Musekura

Living Without EnemiesSamuel 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

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