At the core of our network is the understanding that Jesus Christ is King over all creation and Savior of humankind, and that the Christian faith offers a rich foundation for the development of our intellect and vocation. We pursue scholarship and calling as fruit of a robust Christian worldview.
As rational beings created in the image of God, we look to engage both timeless human questions and specific contemporary challenges across diverse disciplines of scholarship from a distinctly Christian perspective through intellectually rigorous dialogue.
As stewards of the created world, we seek to discover how our unique gifts, in the context of our specific professions, can glorify God and promote the flourishing of human society.
The Symposium on Christian Faith, Reason, and Vocation on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University was held on February 18, 2017. It brought together students, alumni, faculty, and friends of the university to explore the Christian faith in the context of various academic disciplines and their related career fields.
Follow this link for more details. We're looking forward to the second annual symposium in 2018!
Christians on campus and in the professional world have unique opportunities and challenges that require intellectual, spiritual and community support from Christian peers and colleagues in their field. While students grow intellectually through their university coursework, they also seek to understand how what they learn in the classroom intersects with their faith and life outside of academia. Alumni and faculty represent an often untapped resource of wisdom and experience in exploring these questions, but logistic challenges can prevent mutually beneficial connections from ever occurring. Additionally, alumni often feel isolated in their career and struggle to integrate their work and spiritual life.
Recent movements have been emerging on college campuses to meet these needs such as Christian journals, study centers, conferences on career and faith, and alumni groups. These efforts have synergistically strengthened and brought together existing campus ministries, filling a gap not met by local churches, bridging the disconnect and distrust that often develops between academia and the Christian community, and connecting alumni and students so that individuals receive the professional support they need both during and after their studies.
We seek to cultivate this movement in the Johns Hopkins Christian community by leveraging the strength of Christian Hopkins alumni, networking alumni, faculty and students, and thus mentoring the next generation of Christian leaders.
The 8:32 Society plans to facilitate a network for mentoring current and future Christian leaders affiliated with Johns Hopkins University through the following specific goals:
Short-term goals for year one (academic year 2016-2017):
- Our first goal, to host reunion for Christian JHU alumni, was held in October 2016. Alumni showed a great response and we look forward to holding future events!
- Our second goal, to host a dinner for Christian JHU faculty, took place in September 2017, with over 40 people in attendance.
- Our third goal, to hold the first annual 8:32 conference in the spring of 2017, was a great success with over 175 participants. This conference on Christian faith, reason, and vocation provided students the opportunity to hear from and interact with alumni and faculty speakers and panelists about the intersection of faith and professional life. This initiative was inspired by the Wheelock Conference held annually at Dartmouth.
- Host annual events to for alumni and faculty, and co-host a conference with students for the entire Johns Hopkins Christian community.
- Found a Christian Study Center for use by all Hopkins Christian students, faculty and alumni, similar to centers at Yale University, the University of Virginia, the University of California, Berkley, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Texas, Cornell University, Duke University, and many more. Information about these initiatives can be found here: Consortium of Christian Study Centers.
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The name 8:32 Society came from the Johns Hopkins University motto Veritas vos liberabit, which translates from Latin into English as: the truth will set you free. This phrase comes from the scripture verse John 8:32. As members of the 8:32 Society, we actively seek truth through both reason and faith, while we know that salvation through Jesus Christ is the truth that truly sets us free to live abundantly in both the classroom and workplace.