From Mercy Ships to Manuscripts: Catching Up with Hannah Thyberg ’12

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Hannah Thyberg, Templeton and Eastern Alumna ’12, and in doing my research was immediately impressed with the projects she is affiliated with and the immense and positive impact of those projects, including  Mercy Ships and contributions to a recently published book. Upon receiving her responses I was again… Read more »

Reflections on Templeton’s Old Testament Course

Christina Herring ’21 is a current Templeton freshman just finishing up with the Old Testament course taught by Dr. Fred Putnam that all freshmen take during the Fall semester. These are her reflections on what she’s learned from it. It would seem that if a course is titled “Old Testament” one would assume that its purpose would… Read more »

The Crucible: A Flawed Play, Well-Performed

  Templeton junior Anthony Barr ‘19 recently attended Eastern University Theater Department performance of The Crucible. These are his reflections on the play and performance. Eastern University’s theater department recently performed Arthur Miller’s award-winning play The Crucible. As with any play, The Crucible only succeeds where its cast is strong, and Eastern’s cast was more… Read more »

Student Spotlight: Sarai Gonzalez ’21

During her junior year of high school, Sarai Gonzalez found her email inbox overflowing with advertisements from numerous colleges. While she normally would not go through all of these messages, an email from the Templeton Honors College caught her eye. After reading a description about the 2016 Summer Scholars Program, Sarai decided to make the… Read more »

Beginning Advent with Handel’s Messiah

On a Friday night in December, thanks to the Benoliel Arts and Culture Fund, a few Templeton students saw Handel’s Messiah as performed by Vox Ama Deus and directed by Valentin Radu. We dressed up, and bundled up, and made our way to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. The orchestra, playing with traditional… Read more »

The Value of the Templeton Student Council

In the Templeton Honors College, students are constantly learning about “Great Books” in their classes, and entering into “Great Conversations” with both their professors and peers on a daily basis. But what does it mean to live “Great Lives” at Eastern University? How are we as students to take our thoughts on the good life,… Read more »

Justice, Protest, and Political Discourse

Almost every Friday from 3:00 to 4:30 one can find a group of Templeton students and professors alike enjoying a lecture on any number of topics, from Augustine to psychology. This week, however, was no ordinary Honors Forum. Dr. Gramby-Sobukwe and Professor Alexander, of the Eastern University Political Science department, mixed things up and led… Read more »

On Being Thankful

Decades before the birth of Christ, Cicero called gratitude “… not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others,” a sentiment echoed throughout Scripture; by Martin Luther, who called thankfulness “the basic Christian attitude;” and in the title of the third section of the Heidelberg Catechism (“Gratitude”). Not only has gratitude… Read more »

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jeffrey Dill

For Dr. Dill, “Sociology helps us understand what it means to be human.” He says that sociology is one tool he uses to better understand how humans interact with each other, both in how they shape their cultures and how they are shaped by their cultures.   Dr. Dill is a professor of two courses… Read more »