Mission & Vision
The mission of the Andreas Center is to advance the development and influence of Reformational thought and its service to God's kingdom by broadening the generational and geographical impact of Dordt University. The Andreas Center carries out its mission by supporting and expanding opportunities, both on and off-campus, for students, faculty, and staff to engage culture globally through scholarship and service.
Our global vision as a Reformed, Christian college is what captured the imagination of Lowell, and his estate gift will further our efforts to broaden Dordt's service, learning, and presence in the world.
Consistent with this vision, the Andreas Center is where Dordt University does Christian scholarship in public for the common good of the academy, the church, and society.
The Andreas Center supports these areas of Christian scholarship:
- In All Things Online Publication
In All Things online publication – engages the community beyond campus through conversations and perspectives through essays, book reviews, and interviews connecting faith to our work and culture in the public sphere. Voices include the Dordt Community, contributing writers, reformed thinkers, and others who help advance our perspectives and provide thoughtful insight on issues of relevance and importance.
- First Monday Speaker Series
Diverse voices that engage the intersection of culture and faith on campus at Dordt University. The First Mondays Speaker Series brings thinkers, writers, and cultural leaders to Dordt to discuss with the campus and broader community ideas that will stretch our imaginations, grow our understanding and help us re-form our world in God-honoring ways.
Pro Rege is a quarterly publication of the faculty of Dordt University.
The name is a Latin phrase meaning "for the King" and expresses the journal's purpose:
- To proclaim Christ's kingship over the sphere of education and scholarship;
- Explore topics relevant to Reformed Christian education;
- And to inform the Christian community regarding Dordt's continuing response to its educational task.
- Dordt Press
Dordt University Press has been publishing books since 1978. A complete list of titles and authors can be found below. These books are available from the Dordt University Campus Store and from all major online booksellers.
- Past & Ongoing Projects
Engaging Culture Globally through Scholarship and Research
Serving the Global Community & Common Good
The Andreas Center has provided funding for several international projects (in the past and ongoing) including:
- Funding for Dordt professors to lecture internationally.
- Partnership with Northrise University in Ndola, Zambia.
Located in Ndola, Zambia, this Christian university seeks to prepare students for leadership in the church and business community. During summer 2015, Professors Ron Vos (agriculture) and John Visser (business) taught courses at Northrise with financial assistance from the Andreas Center.
- AMOR – A Mission OutReach for students, faculty, and staff to a developing country.
A Mission OutReach takes as many as 45 students, faculty, and staff to a developing country where they have carried out work projects, led Bible studies, and been introduced to the culture and the missions challenges of their host country. The Andreas Center provides funding for faculty and staff to participate in the leadership and facilitation of the AMOR trips.
- Many other Past Projects are included here.
- The Fourth World, a documentary film by digital media professor Mark Volkers and students that chronicles the lives of slum dwellers in Guatemala, the Philippines, and Kenya.
- A Christian agriculture education program for students and farmers in Zambia and Africa; and Special Education in Nicaragua – Kathleen Van Tol: read more here.
Scholarly Work and Research
- Grants for Faculty and Department Funds – ongoing
- Abraham Kuyper Translations
Between 2011 and 2018, Lexham Press published eight newly translated speeches and essays written by Kuyper. The translation project was initiated in late 2011 with the formation of The Kuyper Translation Society. The effort was supported by the Acton Institute, Kuyper College, Calvin Theological Seminary, and the Andreas Center at Dordt University.
- Beyond Responsible Technology
This project gathered contributors working out the Reformational tradition to articulate a contemporary Christian perspective of engineering and technology in a way that is hospitable to a wider evangelical audience. Together, they drafted a new book that draws from themes of 'Responsible Technology' but serves a new generation in a format and style that reaches contemporary audiences within and beyond the Reformational academic community.
- Workshops and Seminars: The Andreas Center helps provide funding support for workshops and seminars on campus including:
- GameChanger Summit in 2021
- Presidential Politics Conference in Iowa (PPCI) in 2019
- Prodigal Love of God (PLG) in 2019
- Culture, Criticism and the Christian Mind (CCCM) in 2017
- Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics (ICPP) in 2021
The Andreas Center
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