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Higher education institutions face many competing priorities and are still expected to serve the public good. Faith-based institutions, in particular, aim to meet a faith-inspired calling and serve the communities in which they are situated while guiding students in their faith formation by integrating service and academic priorities. In this paper, the authors explore, through a case study methodology, the unique positionality of Messiah University, a faith-based university located near the capital city of Harrisburg, PA. Specifically, this study explores the impact of a community engaged course with an urban nonprofit agency.


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Harrison, T.M., Weigel, D.S., & Smith, M.B. (2020). The application of faith and learning: Faith-based anchor institutions and community engagement. Metropolitan Universities, 31(3), 163-180.