Fall 2017 Honors Guild Cookout

Fall 2017 Cookout

Spring 2015 Events

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  • February 17: China trip reunion
  • February 20-21: All Honors Retreat
  • February 26: Lunch with Dr. Jerry Root
  • February 27: Lunch with Dr. Christena Cleveland
  • February 27-28 NSLC; Making Lit Conference
  • March 16: Staley Lecture with Dr. Francis Su
  • April 10: Silent retreat
  • April 16-19 Civil Rights tour of Birmingham
  • April 29: Drew Hart

Fall 2014 Events

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  • September 7: Honors Cook-Out
  • September 25: Breakfast with Edgar Heap of Birds
  • September 27-28: Sophomore Silent Retreat at St. Meinrad’s
  • October 24-25: Silent Retreat at Gethsemani Abbey
  • November 1: Trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • November 8: Honors Conference “Everyday Activism and the Common Good”
  • November 17: Susan Hillis of the CDC


2013 Honors Guild Cookout

Mark your calendars for the events we already have scheduled for this school year. There are some great opportunities coming your way. Stay tuned for updates!

Fall Semester 2014

  • August 30: Rhona Murungi, TU alum, working with World Relief in West Africa, Q & A in the Honors Lodge
  • September 4-5: Honors Sophomore Retreat, Rainbow Christian Camp
  • September 20: Kimberly and Robert Moore-Jumonville, Professors from Spring Arbor University, “CS Lewis and Friends lecture,” Q & A in the Honors Lodge
  • September 28: Fall Honors Conference on “Vocation: A Call To Faithfulness”
  • October 11: Jay and Heather Stringer, Counselors from Washington state, “Sex and the Cornfields lecture,” Q & A in the Honors Lodge
  • November 16: Honors field-trip to Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • November 19: Pi Open House in the Honors Lodge

Spring Semester 2014

  • February 14-15: All-Honors Retreat, Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center
  • April 2: Carl Medearis, writer and author on Muslim-Christian Relations, “Atheism and Jesus”: working with Atheists at Harvard, Q & A in the Honors Lodge
  • April 4: Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and English Professor at University of Iowa, Q & A at the Honors Lodge
  • April 9: Phileena Heuertz, founding partner of Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism and author of Pilgrimage of a Soul, Q & A at the Honors Lodge
  • April 12-13: Honors Silent Retreat, Pope John XXIII Retreat Center in Hartford City, Indiana
  • April 14: Chris Seiple, President of the Institute for Global Engagement in DC and serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, Discussion on interfaith dialogue, Q & A at the Honors Lodge
  • May 3-4: Honors Silent Retreat, St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana

Spring Semester 2013

  • February 4: Tina Ramirez, “faith, freedom, and human rights,” Q & A in the Honors Lodge
  • February 8: Jay Stringer, Psychologist from Washington state,  “Corn, Porn, and Wine,” Q & A in the Honors Lodge
  • February 15-16: all Honors retreat at Lake Placid
  • February 26: Daren Wendell, Co-Founder and Executive Director of ActiveWater, “the global water crisis,” Q & A in the Honors Lodge
  • March 7:  Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi, former Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations, “the 2003 invasion of Iraq, his involvement in writing the Transitional Administrative Law, and the current problems faced by Iraq that hinder its transition to democracy,” Q & A in the Honors Lodge
  • March 13: Jenell Williams Paris, Professor of Anthropology at Messiah College, “The end of sexual identity,” Q & A in the Honors Lodge
  • April 9: Alan Torrence, Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), “The Missing Half of the Gospel”, Q & A in the Honors Lodge
  • April 15: Carl Medearis, writer and author on Muslim-Christian Relations, “Atheism and Jesus”: working with Atheists at Harvard, Q & A in the Honors Lodge, 9 PM
  • April 18, Jon Stanley, TU graduate and co-founder of the online journal, The Other Journal, “God is Dead… And I Don’t Feel So Good Myself: Taking the Atheist Critique to Heart,”  Q & A in the Honors Lodge, 9:30 PM

Fall Semester 2012

  • September 27th: John Dyer, author of “From The Garden To The City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology,” comes to speak at the Honors Lodge
  • September 29th: Fall Honors Conference on “Simplicity and Sustainability,” speakers include Dr.  Read Schuchardt and Author Kathleen Norris
  • November 7: “Backstage with Honors,” Daoud Nassar, from  Tent of Nations, lecture and discussion later at the Honors Lodge
  • November 12: Robin Randall, “The Science of Learning: Educational Design that Promotes Environmental Responsibility,” Science Seminar dinner discussion at the Honors Lodge
  • November 14: Pi Day Party at the Honors Lodge
  • November 17: Honors Fall Outing at the Castleton Mall in Indy
  • November 19: Laurie Counsel, “Communicating Sustainability: Engaging the Workforce in Engaged Behavior,” Science Seminar dinner discussion at the Honors Lodge
  • November 27: Bishop Edward Little, of the Episcopal Church, visits Taylor to officiate over Evening Prayer in the Memorial Chapel, Q & A over liturgy, spiritual sustainability, and high church practices
  • December 3:Barak Bruerd, “Sustainable Water Resources for Improving Human Health: The Blood: Water Mission,” Science Seminar dinner discussion at the Honors Lodge

Reflection on Liturgical Service by Bishop Edward Little

By Hope Covington, Honors Guild, class of 2013

I have just come home from a liturgical service done for the Taylor students by Bishop Ed Little, who is bishop over the northern diocese of Indiana. It was my first experience in liturgy. I grew up in a non-denominational mission organization, and on furloughs attended various non-denominational churches. At the mission base in Papua New Guinea, the missionaries would gather together on Sunday mornings, and various missionaries would lead worship and prayer, and someone would give the message. Sometimes whoever was leading the worship would try to incorporate some aspects of liturgy, so I had heard the prayer of confession, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostle’s Creed before. However, on those chilly mornings, gathered in a drafty hall with bad acoustics, the liturgy sounded rather like a half-hearted attempt to rouse a sleeping cow from. The members of the congregation were always a little uncomfortable with reading aloud in unison, as we rarely did it, and so until tonight, my idea of liturgy was a slow reading in which people stood awkwardly with their hands in their pockets. Feet nervously shuffled back on forth on the floor, eyes glanced around furtively to see what other people were doing, and everyone hoped they would get to sit down again soon. Some people would read too fast and others to slow, so that at the end of each phrase we had to wait while everyone caught up. Then we would hesitantly begin the next phrase, with some people jumping the gun and others cautiously waiting until about halfway through before they began to read. By the time we finished the reading, everyone was glad it was over.

But tonight at the memorial prayer chapel, there was a spirit of reverence among the students, very unlike the normal chatter and jostle of Taylor chapel services. I listened as Bishop Little introduced liturgy, intrigued by this form of worship that was quite foreign to me. He explained that the first half of the liturgical service is a Christianized adaptation of Jewish synagogue services, which involved corporate prayer and Scripture readings. The second half of the liturgical service focuses on the Eucharist and this, of course, is grounded in the Jewish Passover. So liturgy has a profoundly Jewish influence. Liturgical worship is similar in format to the way Jesus would have worshiped in the synagogues in Israel. That’s a crazy thought!

In all honesty, the liturgical service kind of freaked me out. The words of Scripture felt so powerful when spoken in unison by a roomful of people. I was thrown off guard by the emotions I felt as I spoke words of truth over myself and the other people in the room. The Scriptures seemed so much more real when I spoke them out loud. The prayers, too, moved me deeply. They were honest and heartfelt, which I was not expecting. I’m ashamed to say I was expecting something much drier. Liturgy has been accused of taking the emotion out of worship and replacing it with rote Scripture and prayer. But the prayers we read were deeply emotional. I felt moved in a way I could not really describe, except that the words themselves were powerful. It was as though I was encountering Jesus in his Word; as if the words we spoke embodied the very Spirit of God moving among us.  I do not know what moved me specifically, except that I felt that there was a very strong sense of power in the liturgy that we spoke.

Having spent much time in Evangelical circles of Christianity, and more recently in Charismatic circles, I am used to being moved emotionally in services. Sometimes I cry during worship songs or raise my hands in exultation. But this was something different. This involved less raw emotion, but deep emotion nonetheless. I felt that I was engaging both my mind and my heart in worship; that my mind was feeding the emotions of my heart. My mind took in the words I read and processed them, and my heart reacted to the truth I read there.

I am now very intrigued by the Episcopal tradition.  I think I shall have to spend some significant time over the next few weeks and months learning, thinking and praying about it. I think that every branch of Christianity understands a few pieces of God really well, and misunderstands a few other pieces. I want to see what pieces of God the Episcopalian church can teach me about.

November 29, 2012


Here are some of our programs in the past:

Spring Semester 2012

  • February 2:  Two Views on Israel/Palestine (part 1):  “Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict:  Thinking Biblically and Historically”; Featuring Michael Rydelnik, Professor or Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute; In partnership with MECA
  • February 16:  Two Views on Israel/Palestine (part 2):  “Endless War:  Israelis and Palestinians. Some Political and Theological Questions”; Featuring Gary Burge, Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College; In partnership with MECA
  • February 17-18:  all Honors retreat at Lake Placid
  • February 20th: Two Views on Israel/Palestine (part 3): a panel discussion by Taylor faculty members
  • March 31:  all day Honors Conference titled “Restoration of the Other:  Bridging the Gap Between Us and Them”:  keynote by Miroslav Volf, author of Exclusion & Embrace; Joseph D’Souza, President of Dalit Freedom Network; panel discussion by Steve Stockman (minister at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church) and Ed Peterson (Clonard Monastery) from Northern Ireland

Fall Semester 2011

  • September 16th from 5-7pm:  all-Honors Cook-out at the Honors Lodge
  • September 16th at 7pm:  Team Buyela:  Drama, music and dance by a South African Youth for Christ team
  • September 20th:  Angie Saba speaking on “Building a Culture of Hope and Abundance in Bethlehem”; perspectives from a Palestinian Christian; sponsored by MECA
  • October 24th – November 9th:  all-campus book discussion on “The Help”:  involves a one-time, small group discussion led by faculty members with students from all over campus
  • November 4:  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and dinner outing
  • November 9 at 7pm:  Dr. James Madison “An Indiana Lynching and Our Stories of Race”
  • November 16 from 7-10pm:  all campus Pie Open House at the Honors Lodge

*Cohort events have included a Freshmen retreat, a Sophomore discussion and bonfire and a Junior/Senior “Deck the Lodge!”

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