As a department chair, I could pick up my kids at 4:45 p.m. each day, put them to bed at 8, and then neglect my husband while I spend the next 2 to 3 hours catching up on more chair duties or grading. Occasionally, I do do this, but I try to make it once a week and not the rule. I plan 1 to 2 hours each weekend working, and that time slot doubles a couple times a month. These hours are piddly for a chair, but to live a life where I’m present to my family and rested, I’ve had to prioritize a few strategic things and damage control the rest. This decision has been tough because I tend to compare myself to my colleagues. I see them already on task in their office when I walk in at 7:30 a.m. and still there when I leave, and I receive emails from them at night (which I never answer unless a crisis exists).
I’ve come to believe that when I had lived attempting to do all things well, ironically I was treating God as a God of scarcity instead of a God of abundance. By not following God’s command to rest, I was like the children of Israel trying to collect manna on the Sabbath when I needed to have gathered a little extra the day before. If God is a God of scarcity, I am required to do more and do it well for him (and me) to look good, but if he’s a God of abundance, then I must trust that I can take risks, listen for discernment, and focus on what I discern as the most important.
This semester I’ve put off a new adjunct observation until the end of the term (not the best timing to view instruction) and the completion of credential information for adjunct files. I trust that I was wise in my hiring, and I believe that my department’s overhaul of its assessment plan and revision of promotional materials have been more important. God of abundance who intimately knows my frailty at discerning priorities, will you surround my work with your grace, rubbing smooth the hard edges I may have left?
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Friday Evening. Session for Pittsburg Area, St. Cloud, Northwestern, University of North Dakota, Washington University
Saturday Morning. Session for Pittsburg Area, University of Cincinnati, University of West Virginia, Case Western University, Bismarck State University, Miami University, The Ohio State University
We’ll explore the Christian practices that form us, the academic practices that shape us, and points of commonality between the two. Featured speaker Tish Warren will speak about concepts in her book, The Liturgy of the Ordinary, adapting and applying them to academic life.
Tish will unpack the word “liturgy” and how it impacts working academics. You’ll learn encouraging strategies to live more like Jesus.
We’ll discuss how common, everyday practices and issues of the academic life shape those who engage in them. And we’ll examine practices that might address those issues and shape grad students, faculty and staff in other ways; e.g. sleep, loneliness/friendship, tight finances, mental rigor, and more.
During our time, Tish will offer short presentations followed by Q&A and local site discussions. We invite lively discussion to facilitate an environment of learning together!
Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in NorthAmerica and author of The Liturgy of the Ordinary (IVP, 2016). After eight years with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries at Vanderbilt and The University of Texas at Austin, she now serves as co-associate rector at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She writes regularly for The Well, CT Women (formerly her.meneutics), and Christianity Today. Her work has also appeared in Comment Magazine, Christ and Pop Culture, Art House America, and elsewhere.
Hosted by the Christian Graduate Student Alliance
Tuesday, October 24th from 7:30 – 9 PM in the US Bank Conference Theater in the Union
We’re all familiar with love—our culture is saturated with references to it. But what is it exactly? Is it just a matter of the mind? Is it nature’s clever way of promoting selfish interests? Is there anything transcendent about it? We’ve invited four experts from a diverse set of disciplines—biology, psychology, theology, and philosophy—for a conversation on what this all-important concept is, and on how the difficult work of loving others is realized. Speakers include geneticist Praveen Sethupathy (Cornell University), psychologist Carrie Bedrow (Hope College), theologian Lisa Sung (Mundelein Seminary), and our moderator, philosopher Steve Brown (OSU). Please join us on Tuesday, October 24th from 7:30 – 9 PM in the US Bank Conference Theater in the Union.
Our theme verse for the academic year 2017-18.
And Jesus said to them (and by extension us, those who work at The Ohio State University)
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”
“No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16 New Living Translation
We have an OSU student’s Mom who is in a Moms in Prayer group that would like to pray specifically for Christian professors and employees at OSU. If you would like to have their support in prayer please let me know by clicking here. The list goes no farther than her notebook and the prayers go no farther than their group…no privacy will be invaded. What a great service for our Fellowship!
The site’s archives have been updated and the audio for past talks are are available at the Archives page.
Fellowship with Christian Faculty and Staff doesn’t need to be confined to once a month or so! One of the things our Steering Committee has talked about is forming prayer clusters all over campus. Do you know one (or more) believer(s) on faculty or staff in your department or building? Have you thought about meeting over coffee or lunch once a week to once a month to pray for 15 minutes for each other’s ministry on campus, your department(s), and for the work of Christ at Ohio State? Why not ask them what they think about the idea?
If you find someone who is interested, decide when you can get together for the first time, and then whether you want to continue to meet regularly, and email Bob Trube at email@example.com. If you are interested but don’t know anyone else in your department/building, email Bob as well, and as we learn of others nearby on campus also seeking a group, we’ll match you up. We’ll send you some tips that have helped other prayer groups nurture a dynamic prayer life together and see God work. We would love to see a network of faculty and staff across the campus bathing Ohio State in prayer. Imagine what the Lord might do!