The Old Convent (1)
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The program assigned several readings to prepare me for a semester abroad in New Zealand. Readings on what to pack, what the culture is like, and what I would be learning my semester abroad. One such document was titled “Homelessness or Homemaking? The Christian College in a Postmodern Culture.” “Hmm,” I wondered. “What does the concept of ‘home’ have to do with a sustainable development program?” Turns out, everything.

The paper – written by professors Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian Walsh, who sometimes taught courses for the program – argued that college education had turned into little more than education “for upward mobility, to alienate people from their habitation, and pillage the earth.” He called this global homelessness.

He quotes one of...

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