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McAbee Paper Accepted for Presentation


Donovan--spire shotAssistant Professor of Religion and the Arts Donovan McAbee will present a paper at Calvin College’s Kuyers Institute Conference in October. McAbee’s paper, “From Knowledge to Wisdom: Developing Virtues through Service Learning” outlines the steps that he is taking to develop a team-based, service learning “Introduction to the Old Testament” course that centers its learning outcomes on the Old Testament call to care for the weak and the oppressed, particularly for the “aliens” in our midst. By serving local refugee communities in Nashville, McAbee hopes that the prophetic heart of the Old Testament will come alive for students, and that by reflecting on the plight of refugees in our country, students will be able to better connect with and understand the wanderings of the ancient Israelites in the Old Testament.

The theme for this year’s national teaching conference is “Virtues, Vices, and Teaching.” Presentations will focus on exploring “the implications of a focus on virtues and vices for the way Christian teaching and learning are approached.”

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