An important Samford University distinctive is our shared belief that followers of Jesus Christ are called to bear the image of God and to recognize that sacred image in others.
An important aspect of the Christian identity is imago dei–Latin for the image of God–recognizing that all humans are made in the image of the Creator and are deserving of respect, dignity and love. It therefore follows that Christians are called by God to engage in respectful civil discourse, showing Christlike love and respect to everyone, most especially those with whom they disagree.
In an effort to address this issue, the Office of the Provost is pleased to sponsor a university-wide initiative, “Love Thy Neighbor: A Week-long Emphasis on Civil Discourse.” This will involve a number of meaningful opportunities for our employees and students to gather and reflect on the importance of civil discourse in our lives and how Christians, as image bearers of God, can best engage others with dignity and respect.
We hope you will plan to join us and participate in the week of events dedicated to this purpose.
*Note: We will add additional details to this site as programming is finalized.
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