Learn more about the team that created the Civic Hospitality Project.
Faith and Civic Engagement
We began this project with the aim of creating an approach to civic engagement rooted in Christian hospitality. Unlike tolerance, hospitality calls us to care for those who are different. We seek an approach to civics education that helps students grow in love of neighbor as they participate in civic spaces and processes.
Focusing on Character,
Not Just Content
We set out to create learning materials that did not just talk about hospitality and civic engagement. We want to help shape the qualities of character that enable hospitality amid differences. We have tackled this by designing lessons that work on several levels.
ConceptsHelping students understand what Christian hospitality means.
ConnectionsRelating hospitality to specific civic skills, topics, and issues.
ReflectionsProviding regular opportunities for critical self-reflection.
PracticesEnabling students to work at the practice of hospitality as they learn.
The Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin University exists to promote pedagogy, learning and educational leadership from a Christian perspective.View website
The Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin University exists to promote serious reflection on the interplay between Christianity and public life.View website
Meet the Authors
How it Started
Like many projects, this one started with a conversation. David Smith and Kevin den Dulk wondered aloud one day how the approaches to Christian pedagogy developed by the Kuyers Institute might inform civics education. Grant funding secured with the help of the Issachar Fund turned an idea into a project. A team of talented educators turned the project into a resource for schools everywhere.
We have resources for other areas of education too!
Explore examples of teachers connecting Christian faith with their teaching across the curriculum.View website
A wealth of learning activities about faith and science designed by teachers for teachers.View website
Gain insight into how faith formation is unfolding within school using this assessment tool.View website