September 16, 2015

On behalf of the Millis Institute, I’m thrilled to announce some BIG NEWS:  The Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national Australian higher education regulator, has fully accredited our two new courses in the liberal arts.  With this official green light, we have opened applications for 2016 for a Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts and a Diploma of Liberal Arts!
We’ve been dreaming about what our ideal liberal arts degree looks like.  Pulling ideas from institutions around the world, we determined that


Our ideal degree should include:  

  • The 7 Original Liberal Arts

  • A focus not just on abstract ideas but how to live in the world today

  • A study of the relationship between knowledge, faith and calling 

  • Integration or interweaving of different fields of knowledge into a coherent whole

  • Theology in her proper place as “Queen of the Sciences”

  • The form of a personal conversation taking place in community

and while we were dreaming…

  • An opportunity to study big ideas at Oxford University

So we decided to offer: 

  • Fields like logic, music, and rhetoric

  • The unit 'Social & Political Ethics' and a capstone on engaging culture

  • An introductory subject called 'Faith, Learning and Vocation'

  • Coordinated history, literature and philosophy units that cover the same time periods together

  • Units on the Trinity and living out the Trinity in relationships

  • All core units as Socratic, roundtable seminar discussions

 and even...

  • Approval to pursue a 5-week intensive at Oxford!









We’re pleased that these unique degrees have been accredited and are now on offer.  (Before we could even get this public announcement out, we’ve already received our first application!)
Over the past few months, I have used The Pillar to discuss the key convictions and worldview foundations of the Millis Institute.  By law we have not been able to discuss publicly the courses that were under review by the accrediting agency.  That’s now changed!
Therefore, with this special (celebratory green) edition of The Pillar, we conclude “Phase 1: Foundations” and launch “Phase 2: Exploring.”  In the upcoming issues, I’m excited to explore the Institute's unique educational offerings in more depth and demonstrate how they’re undergirded by pillars like Christian worldview, Community, Character and Calling.



Finally, I want to thank those who've been praying for us and explain why there's now a rock on my desk. In Scripture, Israelites acknowledged God’s faithfulness by erecting an Ebenezer Stone.


This was a single rock or a pile of rocks that indicated a particular place at which God had helped His people.  For instance, 1 Samuel 7:12 reads “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, 'Thus far has the LORD helped us.'”  I want to acknowledge God’s faithfulness to the Millis Institute and CHC by doing the same thing on my desk.  When people ask, “What is that pile of rocks for?,” I’ll tell them about how God has blessed this institution, beginning with the green light of accreditation. 

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