"At EMU, we frequently talk about the educational enterprise as grounded in the liberal arts-the idea that an educated person is 'liberated' from the confines of ignorance, free to explore beauty and pursue intellectual challenges. It's our conviction that an education in the liberal arts is the best foundation for a lifetime of learning. All of these are valid reasons for being at EMU," the president stated."This morning, I offer yet another 'reason' for being at EMU," [Loren Swartzendruber] added. "[Noted theologian] Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff calls it 'educating for shalom.' It's a biblical concept that is often translated 'peace,' but it's more comprehensive than one English word can embody."Wolterstorff suggests at least four dimensions to 'shalom': right relationship to God, to fellow human beings, to nature and to oneself,' he noted. "To these, he adds yet another facet-shalom is best experienced in community and it is characterized by 'delight.'"
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