TUCK AMONG OTHER NOTICES ON A nursing home manager's door, it showed a caricatured old missionary in a pith helmet, asking the plaintive questions "Which way were they headed? How many of them were there? I must find them, for I am their leader!"
Life at Loma Linda is like that. With so many students, staff, and faculty oriented to world issues, it is difficult to keep abreast of all that is happening. Good stuff. Innovative ideas. Creative initiatives. Demanding of time and energy? Absolutely!
Many of our students have already experienced global travel and have served in many projects and communities, so they don't need prompting or encouragment to understand the human predicament. They want to try their wings-to fly. Our task at Loma Linda is to encourage, direct, and empower these humanitarian impulses. This is an important part of "the Loma Linda Experience."
A Reason to Fly
Today's higher education struggles with some monumental challenges. As our moral fiber seems to be crumbling, how does one instill values such as integrity, compassion, and justice into our education system? Or should we? Some would ask if it is even ethical for a university to seek to influence these kinds of attitudes. Adventist education is the envy of many because we speak directly about values, nurture these values in our students, and unabashedly clearly state what we stand for.