Dear Alumni Family,
Greetings from Portland. I pray God’s presence in your life is strong and clear these days. Here at Multnomah University, we are fast approaching the end of the semester and graduation.
Each month we gather as a community of faculty, staff and administration for what we call Lionshare. The name is a combination of our athletic mascot, a lion, and our purpose for meeting — to share and update one another on what’s happening in the MU community. Each meeting we celebrate, communicate, encourage and pray. During this month’s Lionshare, I gave a State of the University address restating our university-wide commitment to Christ, the gospel and biblical integrity. I thought you might enjoy reading some of these thoughts.
Before I began my address, I asked our employees, “Why do you serve at MU?” They listed the quality of our students, MU’s commitment to biblical integrity, MU’s godly faculty, how lives are impacted, and their belief in our mission and values. You might give many of the same answers if I asked you.
I followed this discussion by answering why I choose to serve at MU. I serve at MU because:
- I believe in Christian higher education, and I believe God meets and molds students at MU.
- I love showing students how to be a godly influence in all walks of life.
- I understand how critical biblical wisdom and power are to all human existence, so I value our biblical commitments.
- I enjoy the pursuit of Christ through the exploration of truth at a learning community committed to the Bible and honoring Christ.
- I fell in love with the people and community of MU.
- I respect the global impact of our alumni and professors.
During the next section of my address, I explained what we mean when we say “MU is building a biblical university.” As MU seeks to combine the strengths of a traditional Bible College with the strengths of a traditional liberal arts school, these are some of the unique characteristics you’ll find:
- A place where we focus on pursuing biblical wisdom and power
- A place where the study of the arts and sciences collaborate and collide with the study of Bible and theology to provide clarity to life’s most important questions
- A university where the integration of our faith to all areas of study is intentional and comprehensive throughout the educational experience
- A university where students learn to think and live biblically
- A university that designs spaces where the Holy Spirit can craft a love relationship with his children
- A university where students are shown how to be a godly influence for the enrichment of their communities
- A university where God’s creativity is modeled in a learning environment filled with curiosity and creativity
- A university where deeper levels of understanding are applied through the wise application of learning theory and educational technology
- A university that skillfully connects theoretical and concrete learning
- A university where students prepare for a career and discover a life that matters
In the month ahead, you’ll hear even more about this distinctive.
In the final section of my address, I gave numerous updates on new degrees and programs that we’re building. These include:
- Four accredited, fully online degrees launching in fall 2015
- A new residential degree in business and organizational psychology launching in fall 2015
- A new concentration in business accounting launching in fall 2015
- A new biology degree launching in fall 2016
We’re also launching Summit, a five-year B.A./M.Div. program, this fall. Summit provides a way for spiritually and academically gifted young leaders to complete a B.A. and M.Div. degree in five years instead of the usual seven years. Some students will receive full-tuition scholarships covering the undergraduate portion of the program. Additional scholarships are available for Summit students who don’t receive full-tuition scholarships. Check out our Summit page for more information.
This update simply cannot explain all the new programs, degrees and other exciting news. Keep watching our website and our monthly alumni updates for more information. Please continue to pray and stay in touch.
G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.