News from the Center Director

Rev. Michael Reid Trice, Ph.D.Renowned Scottish Poet, Robert Burns, penned Auld Lang Syne in 1788. You might recognize it, as scores of millions sing it around the world at the stroke of midnight as we ring in a New Year. The poem begins with a question: Should we forget those who have shaped our past in the “long, long ago?” The poem concludes that, rather than forgetfulness, we may instead raise kindness by the cupful in the promises of the coming year. Like a year gone by, the new Center team and Advisory Council are building upon the shoulders of three years past. Cups of kindness mean we value that past and build toward the future. The future includes a forthcoming book with Fordham Press, which covers our first major study of the Center. And, we are building new resources and opportunities as you’ll read below. We begin 2020 with clarity of vision, appreciation for the long, long ago, and a cup of kindness to all of you, as we envision all that we have in store for this academic year.