Faith and Vocation in the Academy

Graduate Roundtable

Interested in participating? Email to receive more information.

“Gathering socially around a table together has led to real relationships and friendships formed between students who likely would never have come in contact with one another. We have also celebrated together as exams and defenses have been passed and new milestones reached. Personally, I would also like to say that this group has helped me think through some things about my own vocational callings and I have been thankful for the reflections.”

Dr. Brent Henderson

Group Leader

All graduate students are invited to the first meeting of the semester Friday, September 7, 2018.

Graduate students considering careers connected to academic work are invited for dinner and discussion of readings concerning what it means to be a Christian within one’s scholarly discipline. The group will meet three times a semester, and kids and spouses are welcome!


Leader: Brent Henderson, Associate Professor of Linguistics, UF

Past readings include:

  • “Fitch Reviews JKA Smith: Examining Smith’s Ecclesiology” by David Fitch (
  • “Imagination and Community: What Holds Us Together” by Marilynne Robinson (Commonweal Magazine, February 27, 2012)
  • Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview and Cultural Formation by James K.A. Smith (Baker Academic, 2009)
  • Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann (Westminster John Knox Press, 2014)
  • The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber (University of Toronto Press, 2017)
  • Scholarship and Christian Faith: Enlarging the Conversation by Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen (Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • “Tracking the Toxins of Acedia: Reenvisioning Moral Education” by Paul J. Wadell and Darin H. Davis (The Schooled Heart, Baylor University Press, 2007)
  • “The Loss of the University” by Wendell Berry (Home Economics: Fourteen Essays, Counterpoint, 2009)
  • “Higher Education and Home Defense” by Wendell Berry (Home Economics: Fourteen Essays, Counterpoint, 2009)
  • “Human Flourishing: Toward a Theology of Work and Rest” by Danielle Sallade (Christ on Campus Initiative)
  • Chapter 2 of Miroslav Volf’s A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good (Brazos Press, 2013)
  • Chapter 5 of Miroslav Volf’s Work in the Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2001)
  • “Advice to Those Who Would Be Christian Scholars” by Nicholas Wolsterstorff (Intevarsity Emerging Scholars Network)
  • “Enough Already: Universities Do Not Need More Christianity” from Cosmopolitanism and Solidarity: Studies in Ethnoracial, Religious, and Professional Affiliation in the United States (Studies in American Thought and Culture) by David Hollinger (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006)
  • Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work by Bryan J. Dik and Ryan D. Duffy (Templeton Press, 2013)
  • “Work and Dignity: A Conversation between Mike Rose and Matthew Crawford” (The Hedgehog Review 14.3, Fall 2012)
  • “Human Work, Divine Spirit, and New Creation: Toward a Pneumatological Understanding of Work” by Miroslav Volf (Pneuma, Volume 9, Issue 1, 1987)
  • “On the Uses of a Liberal Education” by Mark Edmundson (Harper’s Magazine, September 1, 1997)
  • “Why Work” by Dorothy L. Sayers

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