One Foundation Dialogue Series Event

Character Formation in Times of Difficulty

The One Foundation Dialogue Series began today with a panel discussion of “Character Formation in Times of Difficulty.” The global pandemic of 2020 gives rise to questions about God’s purposes in the midst of difficulty and suffering. This month’s session explored the ways in which God works in the midst of suffering and pain to form us for his purposes by strengthening our character and deepening our faith in Christ.

Check out the full video here!

Future events will be streamed live throughout the remainder of the academic year. This year’s theme is “Kingdom Treasures.” During each session, we will focus on discovering the unique worldview resources available within Christianity for a life of faith, hope, and love during a time that is marked by a global pandemic, political conflict, racial tension, and intense human suffering.

Each event will begin at 12:00 pm and can be found via the One Foundation tab on We are excited to welcome you for this series!


Jason Hiles

Dean, College of Theology

Series Introduction, Part 3 (Theological Virtues)

Over the next few months we will unpack the theme, Kingdom Treasures, during our annual One Foundation Series. Kingdom Treasures amounts to an exploration of the resources that the Christian worldview offers for a life of faith, hope, and love during a time that is marked by global pandemic, political conflict, racial tension, and intense human suffering.

The third and final introductory video introduces the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love with some insight about why these virtues are particularly important during difficult times. You can view the third introductory video here.

There is much to discuss and plenty of opportunity to explore the Christian worldview together, so we invite you to join us all year long as we explore Kingdom Treasures. Mark you calendar and plan to participate in the first live streamed event on October 12 at 12:00 pm as we discuss “Character Formation in Times of Difficulty.”

Notes from the video:

Series Introduction, Part 2 (Cura Personalis & Formatio Personalis)

We are launching the One Foundation Series with a few videos to get the conversation started. The second video installment is available here. Live streamed events featuring faculty from each of the university’s colleges will begin in October. Here’s an overview of the topics we will address over the next several months:

  • October: Character Formation in Times of Difficulty
  • November: Christian Civility & Public Discourse
  • December: Kingdom Diversity, Part 1
  • January: Kingdom Diversity, Part 2
  • February: Justice in Biblical Perspective, Part 1
  • March: Justice in Biblical Perspective, Part 2

Before we get into the live events, please view the video to learn about a couple of guiding principles for the year to come. They are not necessarily new to GCU but they should be exceptionally helpful as we navigate the challenges we are facing in this particular academic year. One more video will complete this short, introductory series. Look for it in about a week!

Series Introduction, Part 1 (Kingdom Treasures)

GCU’s One Foundation Series is set to begin for the 2020-21 academic year. This is a year like no other so programming begins by video in September followed by a series of live events from October through March. You can view the first video here.

The theme for this academic year is “Kingdom Treasures.” During a season of disease, conflict, and controversy, we’re returning to the Christian worldview to reflect on some of the unique resources it has to offer for times like these. You can learn more about this year’s theme and what we have in store for the year to come by watching the video.

This is the first video in a short introductory series. In the two videos that follow we will share more about One Foundation programming for the coming year. Stay tuned for more!