Welcome to Azusa Pacific University’s annual William E. and Ernest L. Boyer Common Day of Learning (CDL). Since 1993, APU has fostered its commitment to scholarship—one of the university’s Four Cornerstones—by hosting a campus-wide conference dedicated to the commemoration and celebration of academic discovery. Regular daytime activities are suspended so that faculty, staff, and students can have an opportunity to share their recent findings with each other and guests from the surrounding communities. The morning chapel session features a keynote address by a distinguished guest speaker, and members of the campus community participate in scholarly presentations throughout the day.
To promote a common discussion, conference events are planned around a central theme. The theme for 2016, “Living Letters,” is based on 2 Corinthians 3:2-3: “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all; and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (NRSV).
The “Living Letters” theme is planted in our commitment to the integration of our faith with our learning—as a community of Christian scholars, we cannot separate “being” from “doing.” Indeed, we are living letters, “read” internally and externally by our society and our community. God uses His Word to expand our minds so that we become a people who reflect Christ and His Church in who we are and what we do.
Maximo Rossi, Ph.D.
CDL Faculty Director