The new residence and learning facility nearing completion at the centre of campus has been named the Charis Live and Learn Centre. Charis (KARE-iss) is derived from a Greek word meaning grace, kindness and life. The concept of God’s grace to us through Jesus Christ is at the heart of the gospel and is therefore universally treasured by Christians.
A working group with representatives from alumni, faculty, staff and students conducted a thorough process to develop the new name including collecting input from the community. Multiple submissions as part of that process referenced grace and themes of grace. Others suggested Redeemer choose a name that would bring diverse stakeholder audiences together as a reflection of the close-knit, caring, spiritually vibrant community for which Redeemer is well known.
“We’re pleased to be able to present a name for the new building that reflects the heart of the Christian faith, the grace and forgiveness we receive through Jesus Christ.”
“We’re pleased to be able to present a name for the new building that reflects the heart of the Christian faith, the grace and forgiveness we receive through Jesus Christ,” said Dr. David Zietsma, interim president. “While the Redeemer community is made up of members of many different denominations, one thing that unites us all is the gift of grace.”
Though not unique or limited to the Reformed tradition, the doctrines of grace, otherwise known as the five Solas (Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus, Soli Deo Gloria) were foundational to the reformation from which Redeemer’s roots grow deep. This connects the name to the history of the university in a way that invites others into the tradition.
The layout and location of the Charis Live and Learn Centre, a key initiative of Learn. Forward. Redeemer’s 2025 Strategic Plan, flows directly out of Redeemer’s mission to provide an education that integrates faith and encompasses all of life and learning. The new centre will have 170 beds in two-, four-, six-, and eight-student units, each with kitchens and common space, as well as classrooms and breakout space on the lower level. The centre will also encompass the new Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship complete with a makerspace.
Redeemer broke ground on the Charis Live and Learn Centre last fall and plans to have students living and studying in the building by November. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening is planned for spring 2022.