Jordan Berns

Jordan was a double major (Music and Theology) at CSB/SJU.  His senior capstone project was titled "The Influence of Protestant Hymnody on Post-Vatican II U.S. Catholic Hymnals from 1964-1971:  Ecumenism in Action", and a brief description: In the spirit of working toward greater ecumenism, this paper seeks to investigate the influence of Protestant hymnody on post-Vatican II U.S. Catholic hymnals from 1964-1971; I argue that this unabashed use of non-Catholic hymns serves as a model for ecumenical endeavors in the global church and points to the truth contained in both other faiths' similarities and their differences to Catholicism.

Why would one choose to be a theology major or minor here at CSB/SJU?

Being a Theology major really reaches into the heart of the intent for a liberal arts education. In addition to learning the basics of Christian faith and history (which are all well and good), higher-level theology at CSB/SJU really focuses on how it can apply to every aspect of our studies. The program itself is designed to be complementary to other disciplines, and all professors I have taken appreciate the diverse opinions. One can apply theology to any other program with ease.

What impact has your theology major or minor had on you as a person?

Every Theology course I have taken here has challenged me a little further to understand my unquestionable impact upon the world. My discoveries have shown how interconnected I am with people whom I do not know and will probably never even meet, not to mention those with whom I interact on a daily basis. With a theology education like the one I received, it is inevitable that one graduates and knows he is capable of changing the world.

What do you love about being a theology major or minor?

My love for theological studies stems only partly from my own particular interest. It is enlightening to see how my classes inform my interests. However, I have gained much more insight thanks to my classmates-both in and out of class-than I could have hoped to discover on my own. The group dynamic is the key factor that changes theology from a narrow, self-informative project into an engaging dialogue capable of exploring a universe of new ideas. My advice for any students is to get to know your classmates: bake a loaf of bread and invite them over for some conversation.