Welcome!

The diverse Christian community at James Madison University welcomes you. The James Madison Christian Faculty Fellowship is a group of Christian faculty and staff members at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

We are currently determining our academic year schedule of gatherings. If you would like to get on a list to receive reminders, send a message to the webmaster.

Fall 2017 meetings (second Fridays)

  • September 8, 8:30 a.m., Bob Evans Restaurant, Harrisonburg: Discussion centered on a sometimes overlooked short story important to the faith journey of J.R.R. Tolkein.
  • October 13, Update: October 20, 8:30 a.m., Bob Evans Restaurant, Harrisonburg. Topic is “What can we learn from Nehemiah?”
  • November 10, 8:30 a.m., location and topic to be announced.
  • December 8, 8:30 a.m., location and topic to be announced.

About our group

Although we do not have an official statement of faith, the following notes were put together by our founders to set out our purpose and beliefs:

Who was Jesus Christ? Who is Jesus Christ?
We believe that these may be the most important questions you ever ask. Find out more.

Our mission:
The James Madison Christian Faculty Fellowship is a group of faculty who are dedicated to serving as SALT and LIGHT for Christ on the campus of James Madison University. We seek to fulfill this mission by

  • Mutually equipping each other in our role as Christian faculty
  • Exploring ways to integrate our faith into our academic disciplines
  • Providing support and fellowship to each other in our unique ministry
  • Working together to be a visible presence for Christ on the Campus.

What’s this about being salt and light?
Jesus Christ instructed his followers using rich metaphors:

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

This teaching comes from the Bible, Matthew 5:13-16 (New Revised Standard Version translation).

Religious accommodations

James Madison University respects the diverse faith communities represented among our students, faculty and staff. Here is JMU’s policy on accommodating student requests, from http://www.jmu.edu/syllabus/

All faculty are required to give reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students requesting them on grounds of religious observation. The faculty member determines what accommodations are appropriate for his/her course. Students should notify the faculty by no later than the end of the Drop-Add period the first week of the semester of potential scheduled absences and deter­mine with the instructor if mutually acceptable alternative methods exist for completing the missed classroom time, lab or activity. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (540) 568-6991 if you have additional questions.

Useful resource

Here’s a useful faculty resource recommended by one of our members: myministryminute.com. Sign up there and you’ll get a weekly email, or just visit from time to time to see what’s new. The site’s introduction says it’s a “place for you as a Christian faculty member to connect with colleagues who are facing the same pressures and opportunities.” Highly recommended!