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Thinking About Work

Undergraduate Seminars on Faith and Vocation

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Faith and Vocation: “The Work Itself”

When you think about faith and vocation, do you find yourself simply focusing on how you relate to peers, colleagues, students, or clients, or on how you identify yourself publicly as a Christian, or use your paycheck to help Christian organizations? Do you wonder how your faith should inform the work itself, not just all of the interactions around it? “The Work Itself” aims to equip people to think biblically about vocation and personal calling and to become leaders in the Church, the university, and other culture-shaping institutions.  This initiative has five components:

  • Thinking About Work: Undergraduate Seminars on Faith and Vocation
  • 2015 Summer Institute on Faith and Vocation
  • Faith and Vocation Library
  • Faith and Vocation in the Academy:

    Graduate Student Reading Group

    This group is open to graduate students considering careers connected to academic work. Readings will be aimed at questions surrounding what it means to be a Christian scholar within one’s chosen discipline. The group will meet three times a semester for dinner and discussion. Leader: Brent Henderson, Associate Professor of Linguistics, UF Dates and times TBD spanning the 2014-2015 academic year. If you are interested in participating, please email betsy@christianstudycenter.org to receive more information.
  • Building a Robust Theology of Vocation: 

    Working/Reading Group for Ministers and Leaders in the Community

    This semester’s readings in faith and culture will be in keeping with the Center’s initiative on faith and vocation and will enlarge the inquiry to include people outside the university community. Clergy, campus ministers, and lay leaders are invited to join in conversation and develop a robust theology of work within a trinitarian framework. This working/reading group will aim to seek a fuller trinitarian understanding of work that is rooted in the person and work of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Readings will include selections from a range of Christian traditions in the conviction that these traditions can ultimately complement and enrich one another. Leader: Richard V. Horner, M.Div., Ph.D., Executive Director, CSC Schedule: This group meet over a brown bag lunch three times in the fall semester and each meeting will last about 75 minutes. Dates and times TBD.
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Director's Class: Reading the Gospels, Part One

Rooted in a careful reading of the biblical text, this class will keep all four Gospels in view in order to highlight both the challenges and the rewards that follow from setting the accounts alongside each other and allowing their different styles, perspectives, and agendas to emerge. Whether you are reading the Gospels for the first time or the fiftieth time or from a perspective of conviction or skepticism, this class will enrich your reading of this fascinating literature and of the figure that stands at the heart of the story it tells.

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