Every OE semester is different, but our underlying goals for student learning remain foundational.

CULTIVATING VISION AND ATTENTIVENESS

AIMS

OUR HOPE IS THAT A SEMESTER AT THE OE WILL:
  • Give students an experience of living closer to the basic conditions of life.

  • Make students more aware of the fragile gift of the natural world.

  • Expose students to experiments in sustainable living.

  • Provide students with an experience in intentional community.

  • Foster in students a stronger sense of their own “voice.”

  • Provide students with a richer understanding of the expansive world of Christianity and its effects.

  • Put some new tools in students’ intellectual toolbox to examine social, cultural, and historical processes, toward the end of attaining a more coherent vision of life.

While many off-campus programs offer a passport to international travel and exposure to centers of world culture, the Oregon Extension invites you to find your place in a mountain hamlet out of the heavy currents in which most of us spend our lives. It is not a better program than the rest, but one that meets different needs. In this momentary break from the frenzied pace of the twenty-first century, perhaps we will see our lives, our relationships, our faith, and the life of the world just a bit more clearly.  Join us if you want to stay put for a while, take part in the ongoing human conversation about the meaning of it all, and engage with others like yourself in the struggle to know, to care and to believe.