What is Love? Examining Love through Science and Faith

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.

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IVCF-GFM Midwest Live Interactive Video Symposium – How does what you do in academia shape your relationship with God?

November 4, Saturday 8:30am – 12pm.
Location:  269 Arps Hall

The Fall 2017 Midwest Interactive Symposium invites you to join us to explore how our regular activities shape us as Christ followers in academia. The multi-campus symposium live symposium will focus on the theme Meeting Jesus in the Ordinary Academic Life: Practices that Pave the Way. It will take place live and online via Zoom. The speaker will start at 9:00am.

Shaped by How We Engage

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!

Featured Speaker: Tish Harrison Warren

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 WellCT Women (formerly her.meneutics), and Christianity Today. Her work has also appeared in Comment MagazineChrist and Pop CultureArt House America, and elsewhere.

Cost: $20 includes continental breakfast and lunch Saturday AND a copy of Tish’s book!

Register at: https://gfm.intervarsity.org/events/midwest-interactive-symposium

Theme: You Are The Light

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

Consider its meaning in your life, in your world.  Let us know what you think.
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Names for Prayer

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!

Prayer Groups Forming

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 bob.trube@intervarsity.org. 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!