Tonight Trinity hosted Nicole Baker Fulgham, along with a panel of three local educators and community leaders for a discussion about educating all children.
Fulgham has written a book entitled, Educating All God's Children: What Christians Can--and Should--Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids.
Some people asked why Trinity was hosting this event.
I can think of a couple of strong reasons:
First, the sponsoring organizations, the Center for Christianity and Scholarship and Durham Cares are good partners and friends of Trinity. We like to say that Trinity is a community where diverse Christians meet, to collaborate on important work for the Kingdom. The Center represents a focus on the life of the mind that is at the heart of Trinity’s mission, and Durham Cares is dedicated to service, which flows right out of our school motto, Non Nobis—“Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory.”
The second reason I was glad to host this is that the calling of our speaker tonight and the topic she will address are close, very close, to the calling of Trinity. Frederich Beuchner said that “the place that God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” If that’s true, then the topic tonight is something for Trinity to engage with: For our gladness here is all about learning, about the love of learning, about the formation of young men and women through education; and, as Nicole Fulgham is exceptionally well-equipped to tell us, education is also the world’s deep hunger and need.
We were glad to have many people from the community at Trinity tonight, as well as a good showing of Trinity parents, faculty, and others.
A special thanks to Edward Dixon, the Executive Director of the Center for Christianity and Scholarship, which spearheaded this. And to Sophie Smith, Molly Pasca, and Lori Winters, who did so much to make this happen.