Greensboro College President's Essay Included in Book on United Methodist Higher Education

President Lawrence D. Czarda, Ph.D., 
"GREENSBORO, N.C. -- An essay by Greensboro College President Lawrence D. Czarda, Ph.D., has been included in a book on United Methodist higher education published by the association of United Methodist schools and colleges.

The book, "Conversations: Leading United Methodist-Related Schools, Colleges, and Universities," grew out of discussions among 40 leaders in United Methodist education who met in July to reflect on educational leadership in the United Methodist context.

Czarda's essay, "How the Historic Wesleyan Tradition in Education Can Inform United Methodist-Affiliated Institutions," is among seven in the book. Rosalind Fuse-Hall, president of Bennett College, the other United Methodist-affiliated college in Greensboro, also contributed an essay, "Out of Our Caves: Courage for Conversations in the Light."

The book is edited by Nashville author M. Kathryn Armistead and Melanie B. Overton, assistant general secretary for schools, colleges and universities of the General Board of Higher Education Ministry of the United Methodist church.

It is published by the National Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities of the United Methodist Church. At that group's 75th annual meeting this past February, it approved a call for Methodist institutions to recommit to justice and dignity in 2015 and 2016, both in institutional actions and in "conversations that matter about ideas that matter."

The July meeting that gave rise to the book was a follow-up to that February meeting.

Broadly speaking, the Methodist tradition combines openness to all religious faiths and all who would learn with the notion that faith and reason can and should co-exist.

Greensboro College provides a liberal-arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

- A Press Release

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