Testimonials & Endorsements

“The Consortium of Christian Study Centers supports exactly what so many students entering college need: a place of intellectual seriousness, moral clarity, and genuine seeking.  Students are hungry for meaningful inquiry into life’s real purposes, not just academic exercises.  They want an alternative to youth culture, to the movies, music, and text messages, and when they get to college they expect a search for meaning along with the education requirements.  The Study Centers provide it, along with the fellowship of similarly inquisitive peers.  The Consortium gives them support and inspiration.  It’s a great organization, and it grows ever more necessary.”

–Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Emory University and Senior Editor at First Things Magazine

 

“I am enthusiastic about the work of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers. Study Centers provide highly important centers for representing on major university campuses the best of the rich heritage of Christian thought. The Consortium helps sustain these study centers and brings their leaders together for invaluable interaction. The Consortium is also the best resource for helping to found new study centers and in assuring the movement will continue to grow and flourish.”

–Dr. George Marsden, University of Notre Dame

 

“Locating Christian study centers in university communities has always been a great idea. But these days we have to see the support of those centers as a unique–and I think urgent–strategy for reaching and equipping a new generation of leaders in our culture for serving the goals of Christ’s Kingdom. And those who shape the programs of these centers need shared resources–information, discussions of successes and failures, safe places for trying out new ideas, spiritual and theological support systems–for carrying on their important missions. The Consortium of Christian Study Centers serves marvelously in this regard!”

-Dr. Richard Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary

 

“The Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC) performs an unusually helpful function as a networker for many different programs that have sprung up in recent decades around college and university campuses.  Although these programs vary in longevity, size, funding, and strategy, they share a vitally important conviction about the importance of Christian presence in the secular academic world.  That conviction makes them vital bridge-builders between worlds of faith and worlds of learning.  Collectively with the CCSC, and as individual programs, they deserve the attention and support of all who believe that God is Lord of all.”

-Dr. Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

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Below you can also read several personal quotes about the work of individual Study Centers:

“The Colin MacLaurin Fellows Program [formerly known as MacLaurinCSF now Anselm House] has been a blessing in my life. It has challenged me to be more conscious of my faith in every aspect of my studies and has provided an amazing source of Christian fellowship at the U of M. The Fellows Program has given me the opportunity to ask challenging questions about how I can glorify God in my studies and work. Each fellows meeting is saturated with encouraging discussions about how every subject, every field, and every form of work was created for worshipping and glorifying God. I now have a greater joy in my research, my workplace, and my encounters with others in their respective fields, because I’m more conscious of my Creator’s presence in each corner of his creation.”

Brad Gordon, University of Minnesota

 

One of the things I observed during my time as a student at the Oread Center was the staff really wants to see students live in all of their realms to glorify God. They want to see students flourish spiritually and instill a deep love for the local church that points us towards the Lord. They want to see students thrive as intellectual beings in their studies at the University. They want to see students succeed in the physical world through their future occupation.

“It was through activities like long talks on the porch swing about a recent OC program or blossoming friendships over books on the lawn at the Oread Center that I came to a greater understanding of how studies at the University are inherently good and glorifying to God, and not merely a means to graduation and a job. This shift in my thinking gave my extroverted, busy, active self a much greater love for studying and learning. Through these friendly dialogues, my love for the God of the universe grew. I began to understand that all our labor in life (from paid positions to volunteer service) can be glorifying to God as we live in His design for us– to cultivate the earth with our labors.  I also realized that my love for the justice-seeking humanities and my passion for understanding humans holistically in psychology reflect the Lord of the universe.”

–Alyssa Rudman, University of Kansas

 

“Before arriving at Yale to pursue an MBA, I was encouraged to get plugged into the Rivendell Institute as a source of community, mentorship, and support through what would become the busiest two years of my life. Now graduating, I look back on my time with Rivendell – highlighted by the Spiritual Leadership Group David led and the Student Fellows program. These men and women have provided a shoulder to cry on, a challenging voice in moments of weakness, a guiding force on how the gospel might shape a business career, a pursuit of Christ with the utmost intellectual rigor, and a friend ready with a tea kettle, a fire, and an open couch.” 

Patrick Briaud, Yale Univesity

                                                                                                          

“I came to the Study Center, like so many undergraduates, to work on papers between classes or to finish Greek translation homework. Over time, however, the Center for Christian Study proved not only to be supportive of my career as a student, but also of my vocation as a teacher and as a scholar.

“Over the past two years, I’ve had the opportunity as a Ph.D. student to teach a number of courses…from a survey of the Hebrew Bible, to a seminar on the theological impulses within the Civil Rights Movement. While I was able to move through the Study Center fairly anonymously during my first months, I now find myself surrounded by the familiar faces of present and former students whenever I walk through the door. Brief coffee breaks become hour-long conversations in the kitchen that take up where previous semesters left off. Some of the best moments of my teaching career to date have taken place in the course of these chance encounters while serving food for Rush Hospitality, or at night, after one of the Study Center’s many distinguished lectures.”

–Ashleigh Elser, University of Virginia