A Guide to the Christian Faith-and-Life Community Records, 1953-1958
The Christian Faith-and-Life Community at the University of Texas at Austin was founded in 1952 by campus minister W. Jack Lewis. The residential training program had about 30 female and 45 male UT students enrolled every year until the program ended in 1964. The students, while making their regular university studies a priority, also followed a special course of theological studies and lived and worshipped together in a residence hall. The main purpose of the Community was to enable the students to be do well at their studies while also becoming committed Christians and, in some cases, Christian Laymen and pastors.
In 1956, Joseph Mathews, theologian at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, joined Lewis to head the program of theological studies for the Community. The program included lectures, seminars, essays, worship, and individual counseling. Several faculty members also took part. The Community published a newsletter, Letter to Laymen, and served as a model for similar communities developed at colleges and universities in the South, and at Brown, MIT, Yale, and other institutions.
Faith and Knowledge: Mainline Protestantism and American Higher Education by Douglas Sloan, Westminster John Knox Press, 1994
The Christian Faith-and-Life Community Records, 1953-1958, include correspondence, pamphlets, lectures, and programs generated by the Christian Faith-and-Life Community at The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection is open for research use.
Christian Faith-and-Life Community Records, 1953-1958, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Sara Clark, June 1998.
Subsequent revisions were made by Jessi Fishman, March 2016.
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