As a new year begins, I am committing to a new weekly task—a personal blog! It is something that I have wanted to do for some time, but the new year motivates me to take the initiative and try it.
A great deal of my time is spent communicating with others about Lipscomb University—what is happening and what is planned for the work of this great institution. My hope, however, is that the blog will move beyond the university and allow me to comment on social, cultural, educational and religious issues of the day. While I do not pretend that my insight is all that special, I do have the perspective of one who is privileged to lead a growing higher education institution and be very engaged with many local and national organizations. Those of us in the academic environment are expected to do some thinking and writing, so I will humbly offer my thoughts in a format that gives us a unique communication opportunity.
Hopefully, this blog will cause readers to think and to share their thoughts as well. A significant aspect of any blog is that response, and I will be appreciative of your contribution to our conversation. After many years in the field of conflict management, I strongly believe that dialogue—even among those who may not see the world the same way—is the key to building great communities.
I appreciate your interest and engagement!
Feb 10th Posted by L. Randolph Lowry
Recently, as I took an early morning look at my i-Phone, I read the news flash that Pete Seeger had died. Most of the almost six thousand students I work with at Lipscomb University will have never heard of Pete Seeger—even though the news of his passing at age 94 may have flashed on their phones as well. But, even not knowing him, many students would have appreciated the spirit of his music and perhaps...Read More
Feb 04th Posted by L. Randolph Lowry
One could have been impressed with many aspects of President Barack Obama’s visit to Nashville last week. The security that is ever-present for a presidential visit, the students from McGavock High School who greeted him and hosted the event, the obvious pride of our community as he visited our city for the first time since his election six years ago and the energy that the president himself displayed during his brief appearance in Middle Tennessee....Read More
Jan 27th Posted by L. Randolph Lowry
Have you seen the billboards? In recent months those who live without God have been announcing their presence along interstates across the country. The messages are not confrontational or critical. They are well crafted and easy to connect with. They reflect the atheists among us and do so in a dignified way. Additionally, just before the Christmas holiday, a congregation of atheist announced their presence in Nashville. This worldwide group, founded in London, has established...Read More
Jan 17th Posted by L. Randolph Lowry
Historically, America has always been extremely good at “fixing” itself. I remember as a teenager watching televised news report of race riots in Washington, D.C., Vietnam protests and seeing smoke billow behind the Capitol dome from those street activities in the ‘60s. It was unsettling, but it triggered creative solutions that served the common good in race relations and other sensitive political issues. But I am unsettled again. Do we still have the stuff we...Read More