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“WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR”

"The Center for Faith and Human Flourishing (CFHF) exists to advance LCC’s mission through research and academic engagement. The size of our institution cultivates intimacy, which makes interdisciplinarity almost a necessity—a welcome benefit for ourselves and our students. Questions relating to faith and the immaterial aspects of human existence are not considered ‘out of bounds.’ The CFHF integrates perspectives from all branches of Christianity represented at LCC (and beyond), and promotes dialogue between people of different faiths with respect to all aspects of human flourishing."

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Dr. Benjamin Giffone
Director of Center for Faith and Human Flourishing

Migration is a key element in human flourishing: the free movement of individuals and families to escape insecurity and poverty in pursuit of survival and economic opportunity.

  • Economic migration, family migration, migration;
  • Humanitarian migration (refugees); IDPs; migration due to ecological disaster;
  • International contexts: Baltic states, European Union, post-Soviet states;
  • Economic development;
  • Diaspora and return migration, particularly as contributing to economic development in home countries;
  • Securitization of migration; how states and host populations treat migrants as problematic/dangerous; migrants at risk of deportation;
  • Integration of migrants (socio-economic/family/humanitarian migrants); reception, suspicion, racism, xenophobia;
  • Religious persecution and conflict;
  • Religion as contributing factor to attitudes toward migrants and migration;

Safety, love, and sense of belonging are significant contributing factors to human survival and satisfaction.

  • Interpersonal relationships, especially families, as key to flourishing;
  • Influences on attitudes towards marriage;
  • Marital and couple adjustment;
  • The role of faith in quality of marriage experience;
  • Gerontology; capability and flourishing in advanced age, aging populations;
  • Attitudes towards mental health issues; obstacles to seeking psychological help;
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction;
  • Depression, suicide;
  • Physiological measures of psychological function;
  • Communication norms and patterns within nuclear and extended families, in post- totalitarian societies;


Texts and other artistic expressions, including the foundational texts of faith such as the Bible, reflect and shape conceptions of meaning, purpose, flourishing, and relationships. As a liberal arts institution, LCC is committed to foundational principles and tools of inquiry that empower free individuals to pursue meaning within a free society.

  • Biblical, theological, literary, historical, and philosophical studies, within the following contexts: Lithuania, the Baltic States, Eastern Europe, and post-totalitarian and post-secular societies;
  • Christian ecumenical dialogue, and interreligious dialogue;
  • Rhetoric and persuasive communication;
  • Conceptions of ethnic and national identity;
  • Modes and methods of artistic expression, including visual and performing arts;


Research Fellows

News and Events

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Trauma Competent Caregiver Training at LCC International University

2019-09-16

The Center for Human Faith and Flourishing from LCC International University in partnership with the international non-profit organization, Back2Back Ministries, welcomed 80 participants to the three-day Trauma Competent Caregiver (TCC) Training held last week, September 12-14. Attendees included child psychologists, social workers, foster and adoption case workers, and current/prospective adoptive/foster parents.Jayne Schooler and Dr. David Schooler, who were speakers at TCC, have taken the training to approximately 25 countries around the world, recognizing the need of equipping people who work and care for children with the background of adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect, natural and man-made disasters, systemic effects, and other traumatic experiences. TCC training was a success with participants coming from all over the world and gathering on LCC’s campus to learn proven practices used to provide the best support and care for those dealing with trauma.Jayne, as an author and trainer of TCC, could you please share more about TCC and its vision?We recognized the need for this specific training about 10 years ago. I have been a social worker trainer in America for 30 years and noticed there was a huge gap in understanding the needs of children. Families and social workers were not being educated on what trauma does to kids and how to really help them heal. We felt led by God to step into the gap and develop what He had equipped us for. My husband, Dr. David Schooler and I began exploring what trauma-informed care would look like. As a result, Back2Back Ministries, with our team, developed this 9 module training now known as TCC. The vision is straightforward- we transform how children with a history of trauma are cared for.David, you and your wife adopted your son Roy in 1983. This marked the beginning of your journey into foster care. How did you become involved with foster care training and with TCC?It was by accident. One of our foster sons asked us if we would take him into our family. We never thought about it before then. We took him in and became his parents. It was at that time we realized we did not know how to do this with kids from traumatized lives. Many years ago, we then began to study how to work with kids who come from hard places. I also have been a pastor for many years, and find these principles can be applied to pastoring in ministry as well.Both of you are also active in international ministries and as part of your work with LAMb International Ministries you ministered in Ukraine. Could you share more about LAMb and your mission with them?Jayne: That is where we originally started in 2003, actually working and learning about international social work. We worked in Ukraine and in Kyrgyzstan in 2010-2011, there we met Back2Back Ministries and joined with them. We found, particularly in these countries, much like in the United States, people were not educated on how to take good care of these children. Many children were in very difficult orphanages, where discipline was extremely harsh. We have worked in orphanages, in social work departments, and at a university in Kyrgyzstan sharing some of these materials and principles.TCC gathered participants from different countries here at LCC. What was your experience during the first day of training?David: What I felt on the first day was two things. It was an honor to be here, to be asked to come. It was an incredible honor that I take very seriously. The second emotion I felt was humility. A lot of people have done a lot of work to prepare for us to come here and we so deeply appreciate it.Jayne: The first day in some ways is always the hardest because we are talking about trauma. And what we have learned in the past says that many people, many participants come from their own history of trauma. There is a lot of feeling and thought and it is pretty heavy material. However, I am excited to see how those who attended will take it from here. I know there is a lot of follow up necessary. The fact that they are taking it back to their own country is huge. I am very interested to see how they implement the principles and how they will train their staff going forward.This was the first time TCC has gathered at LCC International University for the training. How did the location benefit the training?David: It was the first time that we have had the training in Lithuania actually. Universities are a good place to train, particularly here at LCC, due to the emphasis of international reach. Putting TCC training in an academic environment gives credibility in the academic world.Dr. Benjamin Giffone, Director of the Center for Faith and Human Flourishing, noted: “We were very blessed to partner with Back2Back Ministries (USA) and Cultivate (LV) to host this training event. ‘Trauma’ is one of the research areas of the Center for Faith and Human Flourishing, and at this professional training the very latest in social-scientific research was presented by our speakers, David and Jayne Schooler, and Julie Cooper.80 people participated in the training and the majority of the trainees work in Lithuania, but we also had participants from Jordan, Estonia, Latvia, USA, Lebanon, Belarus, Sweden, UK, and Slovakia. Three interpreters worked to provide simultaneous translation into Lithuanian language, and Dr. Jovita Anikinaitė, our co-organizer, translated all materials into Lithuanian. Volunteers from Latvia and Lithuania helped by leading the small-group activities.I believe that within the region, the Center for Faith and Human Flourishing provided the perfect context for this training. The visibility of orphans and the focus on trauma in recent years reveals that the need in our society is urgent and significant. Integral to the TBRI approach pioneered at Texas Christian University, which is the basis for this training, is the redemptive power of the Christian gospel as applied in the lives of children, parents, caregivers and workers who experience tremendous pain and loss. The Christian faith provides the foundation for an approach that views the material and the transcendent as integrated aspects of the whole human being, made in the image of the Triune God, and worthy of care and healing."

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Dr. Betty Lanteigne Presented Research in Medellin, Colombia

2019-08-21

In July, Dr. Betty Lanteigne from the English Department at LCC International University traveled to Medellin, Colombia, to present her research at the 12th International Conference of English as Lingua Franca at the University of Antioquia. During the conference, Dr. Lanteigne presented her research co-authored with Dr. Victor Parra-Guinaldo, from the American University of Sharjah, Dubai. The research titled “Morpho-syntactic features of transactional ELF in Dubai/Sharjah” explored English as Lingua Franca used in Sharjah in transactional communication.Photo credit: Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin

Fellowship Application

Research Fellows of the Center for Faith and Human Flourishing may be in-residence or non-resident members of the LCC faculty. As a fellow at CFHF you can get following benefits and support:

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International Environment & Network

Opportunity to conduct research at LCC where 60% of faculty and staff are expats and students come from over 30+ countries.

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Library Access

Access to LCC library with 27 000 English volumes, interlibrary-loan program and 13 online databases.

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On-Campus Housing

Possible on-campus housing opportunities reviewed on case-by-case basis.

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Teaching & Presentations

Opportunity to teach specialised courses and present seminars/lectures

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Financial Support

Fellows have the same funding opportunities as LCC faculty members

APPLY TO BECOME A RESEARCH FELLOW

The Center for Faith and Human Flourishing is currently accepting applications for Research Fellows.

Priority is given to these areas of study:

  • Faith integration
  • Human migration
  • Economic development
  • Trauma
  • Textual and artistic conceptions of human flourishing

Email the CFHF Director for more information.