What’s happening at PSC

Summer 2024

Summer Stories 2024

June 1 and August 3 at 5pm, Hessel Park Shelter 1

Sign up now to participate in either or both events.

As the calendar turns to summer, we turn our attention to cultivating a thoughtful Christian faith through reading fiction. These relaxed summer book discussions are a great opportunity to invite a friend to check out what Pascal Study Center is all about. Free dinner provided.

June 1: Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

Hannah Coulter is Wendell Berry’s seventh novel and his first to employ the voice of a woman character in its telling. Hannah, the now–elderly narrator, recounts the love she has for the land and for her community. She remembers each of her two husbands, and all places and community connections threatened by twentieth–century technologies. At risk is the whole culture of family farming, hope redeemed when her wayward and once lost grandson, Virgil, returns to his rural home place to work the farm.”

August 3: The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

“Walter Wangerin’s profound fantasy concerns a time when the sun turned around the earth and the animals could speak, when Chauntecleer the Rooster ruled over a more or less peaceful kingdom. What the animals did not know was that they were the Keepers of Wyrm, monster of evil long imprisoned beneath the earth … and Wyrm, sub terra, was breaking free.”

Fall 2024

POSTPONED: Guest lecture: Christian Higher Education in a Post-Christian America

October 5 at 7pm, location TBD

Historically, Christianity has played a crucial role in the development of higher education in the United States, inspiring churches to found colleges and calling individuals to pursue teaching, learning, and scholarship. But as religious adherence and affiliation drops off sharply in this country, what is the future of Christian higher education? In this free public lecture, historian Chris Gehrz (Bethel University, MN) will consider the challenges and opportunities facing Christians in higher education — from students and their families to those who work at colleges and universities.



College for Christians: A Seminar for Students and Parents

October 4 at 6pm; October 5 at 8:30am, location TBD

Registration coming soon!

WHY? – Friday

Why do people go to college? We’ll start by looking at different ways that people think about the purpose of college, how those expectations can shape the experience of college, and how Christians might have unique motivations for going to college.

WHICH? – Saturday part 1

How do you decide which college to attend? We’ll consider factors like cost, fit, and reputation, ask if Christians should consider secular options, and compare different types of Christian colleges.

HOW? – Saturday part 2

Once you’ve made your college choice, how do you make the most of the college experience? We’ll close by sharing some advice for how students can thrive in their first year of college.

Chris Gehrz

Information about Fall 2024 dinner discussions and book studies coming soon!