A Pre Orientation Retreat
Thursday, Aug 20, 2015
1:00 pm to 10:00 am
Welcome to the Chesterton House Overnight 2015! We have designed this mini-retreat to provide incoming students the oppotunity to transition from summer into the academic year all in light of Christian faith. Join fellow first-year and some upper class students prior to orientation in order to meet classmates, learn about life at Cornell, and glean wisdom in the context of Christian fellowship. We will spend our time in team-building activities, learning from a Christian faculty member, reflecting, discussing with upperclass students, strengthening comraderie through meals, and relaxing as well.
Dr. Ryan O'Dowd serves as Chesterton House Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at Gordon College. His books include The Wisdom of Torah: Epistemology in Deuteronomy and the Wisdom Literature (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2009), Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction (InterVarsity, 2011), and a commentary on Proverbs (Zondervan, forthcoming). He has also served as Courtesy Associate Professor of Aerospace Studies at Cornell University, and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves with 20 years of service. Read More.
For more information, please contact our Program Director at email@example.com.
Chesterton House is a faith-based organization that affirms the Apostles Creed and seeks to serve students by connecting them with important resources for situating the college years within the framework of Christian faith. Chesterton House is an affiliate organization of Cornell University through Cornell United Religious Work, but the Chesterton House Overnight is not a Cornell program.
"Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as on a root." ~ G.K. Chesterton
Matt Dickerson, PhD '89
Friday, Sep 18, 2015
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Imagination may be one of the greatest gifts God has given to — or created into — his image-bearing human creatures. And that imagination is a vitally important aspect of our reason, or creativity, our language, and even our ability to enter into and understand and honor scripture. To be persons created in the image of God is to be creative and imaginative. The church, however, has not always valued or nurtured the imagination. Matthew Dickerson will explore the importance of our imagination, and look at ways the church can (and needs to) cultivate and disciple the imagination of its members.
In 1989, Matthew Dickerson earned his PhD in Computer Science at Cornell University where he also studied Old English Language and Literature. That same year (1988-89), he and his newlywed wife Deborah helped plant NLPC in Ithaca. Since then, he has been a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, the faculty advisor for the IVCF group there, and for twelve years the Director of the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf. He has written several books and book chapters and taught numerous college classes on the writings of C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien in particular, and on mythic and fantastic literature in general. He is an internationally known scholar on the works of J.R.R.Tolkien. His books in this area include Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien (with Jonathan Evans, 2006), Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S.Lewis (with David O'Hara, 2009), From Homer to Harry Potter: a Handbook of Myth and Fantasy (with David O'Hara, 2006) and most recently A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R.Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
Matthew Dickerson is also the author of many creative and imaginative works of his own. His most recent work of fiction is a new fantasy novel titled The Gifted (Volume 1 of the Daegmon War), published in May of 2015 by AMG. He has also published two medieval historical novels: The Finnsburg Encounter (Crossway Books, 1991) and The Rood and the Torc: the Song of Kristinge, Son of Finn (Wings Press, 2014). His works of creative non-fiction include Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia (with by O’Hara, Cascade Press, 2014) and a forthcoming series with Wings Press that will begin in the fall of 2015 with the volume Trout in the Desert: On Fly Fishing, Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest. He has three sons: one entering his third year of graduate school, one entering his final semester of undergraduate education, and one who will start college in the Fall of 2016. About the book Downstream, Eugene Peterson has said, "From its early pages I was riveted. Their language is exuberant but also disciplined. It didn't take me long to know that it would soon take its place on my bookshelf alongside John Muir and Henry David Thoreau. They are that good.''
Friday, Oct 23, 2015
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Joseph H. Holland ("Holland") is a graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. and was an All-American football player. He has served on the University's Board of Trustees for twelve years before being appointed Trustee Emeritus. He holds his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and is a real estate developer, ordained minister, Harlem-based attorney and civic leader with twenty-five years of experience working in prominent organizations in law, business and government.
After law school, Holland relocated to Harlem where he established a real estate law practice and a holistic outreach ministry. He became legal counsel to Christ Community Church of Harlem and was ordained by its pastor, the late Rev. Linnette Williamson. He served as co-pastor and started Harkhomes, a shelter for homeless men. Stemming from his work with the homeless, Mr. Holland conceived Holistic Hardwarewww.holistichardware.com, a life and job skills program for restoring lives in crisis.
Holland also served in government, beginning as Director and General Counsel to the New York State Senate Committee on Housing and Community Development. He was subsequently New York State Housing Commissioner, where he managed over 1,500 employees and orchestrated the planning and funding of thousands of units of affordable housing in various locations across New York State.
Holland has received awards and honors for both his business and social service accomplishments. In 2006, he was recognized by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce with its annual Community Service Award. In 1993 President Bill Clinton recognized Mr. Holland in a White House ceremony for his community-building initiatives. In 1992 the United States Small Business Administration named him Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year for New York State. In 1991 Mr. Holland was honored with President George Bush's Volunteer Action Award and with New York City's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has also received an honorary degree from the City University of New York Law School.