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Covenant College

September 18th, 2009

Covenant CollegeThis week I have been speaking at a conference at Covenant College which is located on the top of Lookout Mountain on the Tennessee/Georgia border. It is a stunning location, but we have had only brief views of the surrounding area because the mountain has been shrouded in cloud for most of these past three days. Hopefully the weather will improve soon.
 
Covenant College is a small college by American standards. It has just over 1,000 students. It has 63 full-time teaching faculty with a very comfortable student-faculty ratio of 14-1.
 
“Founded in 1955, Covenant is an academically rigorous institution for students who want to explore and express the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ in all things. We educate Christians to engage culture and cultures, to examine and unfold creation, and to pursue biblical justice and mercy in community.”
 
It has been a stimulating experience to speak to these bright and eager young people and to try to answer their Covenant Collegequestions about Ireland, the church, pastoral ministry, and my view of the state of the church in America.
 
Once again I have been impressed by the resources available in the US to provide such a beautiful campus and such a programme of education. None of it comes cheaply and clearly the parents of these students are making considerable sacrifices to come up with  the 30K dollars needed each year to deliver such an education.
 
The chapel on campus holds over 800 and it has been full each morning. The Great Hall is the space used as a dining room and the quality and range of food on offer at each meal time is simply fabulous. But the topic of “Food in America” requires a more “fullsome” reflection and comment. I’m off to have my breakfast…

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