We believe that learning environments and workplaces that are faith- friendly and committed to nurturing the human spirit will have more positive outcomes for all of their stakeholders. We also believe that work in this field must be handled with the highest level of professionalism and ethical standards.
Service: Service is at the core of every major faith and spiritual tradition in the world, and the Center is focused on serving all of our stakeholders, including students, University employees, and leaders from business, non-profits, academia and the faith community.
Inclusion: We are open to all faith and spiritual traditions and world views, including agnostic and atheistic world views.
Respect: In any broad-based and worthwhile discussion about faith and spirituality in the workplace, there will be differences in peoples’ values, priorities, needs and viewpoints. These differences must be treated respectfully and listened to with care and openness.
Safety: In all of our events, we want to create a safe place for people to share their faith, spirituality, and core values. One of the things that helps to create a safe environment is when people know that no one will try to convert them to another religion, or try to change their beliefs in any way.
Authenticity: We value people being able to be their authentic selves and to bring all aspects of who they are to the workplace, without judgment or negative repercussion.
Business: Business is the most powerful institution on the planet. It commands the greatest wealth, the best minds, and has the most flexibility. Therefore it has a great responsibility to manage these assets for the greater good of humanity and the planet.
Sustainability: There is a very strong link between faith, spirituality, and sustainability.
Integration: We are committed to integrating theory and practice from diverse fields including management, economics, sociology, theology, psychology, history, art, and science.
Research: Research is a powerful tool for extending our knowledge. Current paradigms in research can also be limiting and positivistic. We value research, and are also interested in expanding our “ways of knowing” to explore new methodologies and ways of thinking that are leading edge.
Student Focus: Students are the leaders of the future and we have the opportunity to prepare them for a complex and diverse world. It is worthwhile to help them grow in their faith and spirituality and to know how to integrated that in their future professional work.
Sunrise from Old Main Fall colors on the University of Arkansas campus