Walking in Wisdom: Common Day of Learning 2008

by Brittany Robinson '08 and Michelle Park '08

To promote a common conversation. To celebrate scholarship. To seek truth. To walk in wisdom.

On Wednesday, March 5, APU held the 16th annual Common Day of Learning, a campus-wide conference dedicated to the commemoration and celebration of academic discovery. This year’s theme, “Walk in Wisdom,” provided the ideal background for fostering scholarship around campus, one of APU’s four Cornerstones.

A wide range of topics provided participants with a variety of sessions to attend, including Secularism and the Christian Citizen: Some Critical Questions hosted by keynote speaker Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and church-state studies, Baylor University. Beckwith spoke on the separation of Church and state and addressed the issue of what would happen if Christian worldviews were incorporated into the law.

Ron Jewe, Ph.D., assistant professor of the School of Business and Management, hosted a session that addressed the correlation between Christians and ethics in a business environment. He specifically examined the relationship between prayer and its impact on a businessperson's ethical actions in the workplace. Co-hosts of the session Daniel Park, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, and Paul Anderson, associate professor of accounting, presented a biblical perspective of personal finance and money.

These are just a sample of the 56 open forums designed and hosted by guests, students, faculty, and staff. Additional highlights included author and filmmaker Christian Smith of University of Notre Dame, as well as film directors Michael and Timothy Eaton from Revelation Studios, who screened and discussed Soul Searching: A Movie about Teenagers and God. Board of Trustees member Evan Collins led a roundtable discussion about corporate ethics with prominent business professionals. Also, author and illustrator Davy Liu, former Disney animator, gave attendees insight into the process of writing for children. Actress Vondria Bergen performed dramatic reenactments of the life of women in the Old and New Testaments at a discussion on biblical interpretation.

Common Day of Learning 2008 concluded with the star-studded performance of The Bible Experience Live, held in the Felix Event Center. Students who attended sessions received free or discounted tickets. More than 2,400 guests filled the Felix Event Center to see the Bible come to life, and to support student scholarships.