This is a big one. My dear friend and mentor, Messiah College President Kim S. Phipps, has been selected by Christianity Today as one of their “Top 50 Women to Watch–Those Who Are Most Shaping the Church and Culture.” Congrats, President Phipps!
Here’s a snippet of the citation, from Fuller Seminary President Richard Mouw:
When Kim Phipps gave the Messiah College inaugural address in 2005, she emphasized the importance of hospitality. The college’s first female president wasn’t simply advocating for providing food and lodging, but also intellectual and spiritual hospitality. The Christian college, she said, must encourage openness to the ideas and experiences of others.
A demonstration of humble academic generosity, she argued, remains essential to the health of a Christian scholarly community, not merely as an expression of civility. As she explained in detail in an essay, academic hospitality “is a methodology of inquiry that humbly assumes we can learn as much (or more) from those with whom we disagree as we can from our like-minded colleagues.”
Read the whole citation here (navigate to page 33).