"The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful." —Plato
Participants in the Heritage Program will engage in faculty workshops led by professors at Gordon College. Each workshop session will explore how a particular subject is uniquely suited for cultivating the good life. Past workshops have included poetry, public story, theater, pottery, navigation and architecture.
Every day begins and ends in worship. Students gather for assembly every morning for a time of worship, communal prayer and biblical teaching. During the afternoon, an hour is set aside for personal reflection and devotion. Small groups, led by staff mentors, close out the evening with a time of discussion and discipleship. The spiritual heartbeat of Heritage centers on forming our identity in Christ and living together in joyful community.
The New England area offers a wealth of historic and cultural opportunities for engagement. From Cider Hill Farm to the historic district of Boston, students will learn how to explore and understand the area around them. Gordon College is strategically located at the cross-section of the bustling city of Boston and the agrarian farmlands of northern Massachusetts. Students are challenged to explore how beauty, history and culture interplay within these different arenas.
Here at Heritage, we embody hospitality as a way of life. During the week, each cohort will get the opportunity to host a dinner they themselves have prepared for their peers. Heritage students partner with our college dining staff to cook a meal together and set the dining hall for dinner. During the evening fellowship, students will practice holding charitable conversations around the dinner table with college faculty and guests from the greater Boston area. Topics of discussion are chosen and facilitated by the Heritage staff.
Heritage participants will earn four college credits upon completion of the program. These credits are transferable to any institution of higher learning, especially Christian colleges and universities. Students will read and reflect upon a handful of texts before arriving to campus. Their week of residency further explores these texts alongside Heritage staff and college professors. Students will then submit a final project online following the week's program.
“Small groups were one of my favorite parts of Heritage. I loved how deep and vulnerable we would get, even on the very first night. These Jesus-centered conversations created strong bonds with the other girls in my house from the very beginning.”
Heritage Participant | 2021
Considering Gordon College? Students who complete the Heritage Program and go on to enroll at Gordon College will receive a $1,000 merit scholarship to be put towards the cost of tuition.