Philosophy Regarding Faith
Philosophy Regarding Faith
The University’s founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune states in her Last Will and Testament, “Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service.” While faith denotatively is defined as the trust, confidence or belief a living being has in a person or thing, it connotatively serves as the impetus for philosophical, theological, and social engagement.
Faith is conceptualized by hope imbedded in the psyche of the individual and manifests as action stimulated by a desire for an expected outcome. While immeasurable by tangible instruments of assessment, faith is evidential as action and/or inaction stimulated by hope. Therefore, as described in the Book of Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is this act of believing that gives credibility and purpose to life and leads to intellectual and social mobility.
As students live out the B-CU Motto, “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve.”, they are encouraged to use their gifts and talents to engage the global economy and make the world a better place. This fundamental invitation for students to give of themselves requires faith: faith that the world can be a better place and faith that members of the human race can improve life for others. When Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune started the Industrial School for Girls on October 3, 1904, faith led her to believe that her contributions in education could transform the lives of young minority girls grappling with the horrid disenfranchisement of the postbellum South. For more than 114 years, B-CU has imbibed the faith of our founder and is radically transforming the lives of its students and others globally.
Furthermore, an excess of 4.6 billion people in the world ascribes to a system of faith whereby they believe in God or a higher principle of power and use this system of belief as a moral compass to determine communal values. As B-CU students prepare to serve as global leaders, it is imperative that they develop an appreciation for the impact of faith. It is strongly recommended that they give considerable attention to developing their personal faith system as a global citizen. Several studies have shown that religious college students do better on critical indicators of academic success, have lower rates of substance abuse, participate in fewer activities that undermine college careers and tend to devote more time to pro-social causes.
The Chaplaincy Department is committed to engaging all members of the B-CU community by providing faith-based initiatives to promote academic excellence and leadership opportunities through student development. The Chaplaincy Department is open to serving all faith groups regardless of race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, gender or ability. The Department provides compassionate care to all who desire spiritual counseling, encouragement, and guidance and encourages individuals to cultivate healthy lives of faith through
- The study of scripture and/or religious texts,
- Developing an understanding of cultures and traditions that will enhance appreciation for the heritage and values of diverse communities;
- Critically engaging the practice of thinking critically; and
- Engaging quality faith-based experiences.