A Fellowship in Learning: Kalamazoo College, 1833-2008
Francis, Marlene Crandell, 1936-
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From the preface: "Several key elements have shaped the fellowship in learning that is Kalamazoo College: its liberal Baptist heritage, its location in the community of Kalamazoo, and its goal of excellence in liberal education. The College was founded by Baptists to serve the religious and educational needs of the frontier. These Baptists believed in what Roger Williams, founder of the Baptist faith in America, called “soul liberty,” the freedom of individuals to ascertain moral truths for themselves through biblical study and education. Liberal Baptist faith in theological, political, and intellectual freedom undergirded the open-minded search for truth that very early made the College a community of learners. Its location in the city of Kalamazoo also influenced the nature of the College. Local leaders helped establish the College and have provided crucial support at key points in its history. The College has benefited the community by providing educational opportunities and cultural activities, and by engaging its students and staff members in public service to the town’s schools and government. Blessed in its early years by unusually strong academic leadership, Kalamazoo College soon acquired a reputation for educational innovation and excellence. As early as the mid-ninteenth century, Kalamazoo students and teachers were engaged in their own fellowship in learning, a mutual pursuit of excellence in knowledge and in the development of moral values and character."