The Franciscan Way of Knowing

DO JUSTICE · LOVE GOODNESS · WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD

Silver Lake College believes that knowledge provides a path to understand and respond to the goodness of God.  In keeping with the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, we affirm that God's goodness may be found in all humans and throughout creation.  The Franciscan-minded learner approaches the search for truth and meaning with humble respect; he or she strives to:

  • understand others,
  • think critically,
  • and act wisely.

The Franciscan Way of Knowing is the basis for Silver Lake College's Liberal Arts Studies Program.  The liberal arts are branches of knowledge that cultivate individual freedom; at the same time, the liberal arts provide persons with an educational basis for professional preparation and lifelong learning.  A Franciscan approach to the liberal arts offers students a distinct process for integrating values, academic disciplines, and their own experiences.    

Silver Lake College students join a community of learners who embrace critical inquiry, value diversity, and revere goodness.  Graduates receive a foundation for continuing a lifelong path of learning; they are free, self-reliant persons who act justly in the world and lead through service to others.  The goals of the Liberal Arts Studies Program ensure that students have the knowledge, tools, and support to build this foundation.