Faculty Digital Camino

Faculty Digital Camino, July 1st to August 4th, 2020 header photo inches a sea shell with a cross on it

InterVarsity’s Faculty Ministry invites you to join them on one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in Europe, the Camino de Santiago, starting from your front door. Faculty Ministry & Study Abroad are partnering together to offer this 5 week digital pilgrimage, which will include a Zoom orientation and debrief, five walks with audio guides, a Facebook group for participants (we call it our faculty “albergue,” the place where the travelers meet and rest) and optional Camino-themed activities (e.g., Spirituality of Wine, Paella Cooking lessons, Pilgrimage as Spiritual Formation, etc.). We’re designing this journey for faculty, their families, their friends and those who love faculty.

The beauty and power of the Camino is that people walk for so many reasons: from meeting God in nature, to carrying a grief or burden before the Lord, to seeking direction for their life. We’re looking forward to encountering God with you both on screen and off.
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The essentials

  • Zoom ORIENTATION on Tuesday, June 30, at 2-3 pm EDT. (will be recorded if you can’t attend live).
  • Five WALKS (recommended 40-60 minutes) 1x week (on your own schedule, with provided audio guides).
  • Weekly emailed Devotionals  and video testimonies from friends who have walked the Camino.
  • Zoom DEBRIEF/Celebration on Tuesday, August 4 at 2-3 pm EDT (will also be recorded).

Optional communal activities

  • Spirituality of Wine
  • Paella Cooking lessons
  • Pilgrimage as Spiritual Formation
  • Movie Night
  • And several more!

Where will the event be held?

This event will occur in a variety of spaces. Group gatherings and webinars will be held virtually through Zoom, an online conferencing platform. Individual experiences will take place where you want to walk and reflect with the help of audio guides, video reflections, and e-mailed devotions. There will also be opportunities to connect with other pilgrims through the Facebook group and a group journal.

What if I still have questions?

You can take a look at our event FAQ page.

Please send any additional questions to faculty@intervarsity.org(link sends e-mail) (link sends e-mail) and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Share with others

Please share this journey with anyone who may be interested in attending, it is open to everyone. Your personal invitation is one of the most effective ways to grow the network of faculty who hear and attend. Please share the link to this event with your friends and colleagues via email, social media, or in person. Thank you for helping us get the word out!

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Registration is open now.

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Virtual Veritas Forum for Faculty

You are invited to the first Veritas Forum Flyer including photos of the speaker Lydia Dugdale, MD and the interviewer Kathy Tuan-MacLean, PhD faculty on Tuesday, May 26 from 7:00-8:00 pm ET, hosted by InterVarsity’s Faculty Ministries.

The Lost Art of Dying — a conversation with Dr. Lydia Dugdale, a faculty physician and ethicist at Columbia Medical School who’s been on the front lines caring for COVID-19 patients in NYC.

Shortly after colleges and universities shut down in March, David Brooks wrote in the NYTimes that this season is a time to ask 3 important questions:

  1. Are you ready to die? If your lungs filled up with fluid a week from Tuesday, would you be content with the life you’ve lived?
  2. What would you do if a loved one died? Do you know where your most trusted spiritual and relational resources lie?
  3. What role do you play in this crisis? What is the specific way you are situated to serve? (And as faculty, what role might you play in your field and in the university?)

This forum will provide space for faculty to hear wisdom from Dr. Dugdale, who has dedicated her career to these questions, and to enter into discussion to explore these important questions together.

To attend, please register here. Faculty who share survey feedback after the forum will receive a free copy of Lydia’s forthcoming book The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom (July 2020). (limit 60).

We welcome you to invite faculty colleagues to attend this virtual faculty forum. We hope you can join us on May 26th!

New Discussion Group on the book small faith GREAT GOD by N. T. Wright

“Faith, says Wright, it’s like a window. The Book cover for small faith Great Gopoint is not for part of the wall to be made of glass. A window is there because we want to see through it – and let light into the room! Faith allows us to see our situation and our weakness in light of God who is powerful, holy and loving.”

We will host a new discussion group on this insightful book starting Thursday, May 14th at noon. It will be a 45 minute discussion. Complete the form below to request your free copy in time to read the first chapter. (Pages 15-23).  We will also send you a Zoom invitation link to the email address you provide. We can accommodate the first 12 people.

Questions should be directed to Professor Paul Post at his email address:  post.1@osu.edu


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ESN Conversation with Jonathan Dodson about his book Our Good Crisis

From Bob Trube:

When the ESN Conversation with Jonathan Dodson about his book Our Good Crisis before the Covid-19 virus became a global pandemic and most of our country went on lockdown. Little did I realize how Flyer with photos of author and  the book jacketrelevant his discussion of the Beatitude virtues would be in a time where our moral virtues are under a trial of duress—whether from being cooped up with family, pressures of a changed work environment, facing financial challenges, or anxieties connected with the illness.

This important conversation, will be occurring on April 17 at 1 pm Eastern Daylight Time. For security reasons, we invite you to request a web link for the webinar. We will also send you a discount code for Jonathan Dodson’s book. RSVP to Bob Trube to register.

David Brooks wrote in a recent New York Times column:

“I’m reminded that this is a time to practice aggressive friendship with each other — to be the one who seeks out the lonely and the troubled. It’s also true that character is formed in times like this. People see deeper into themselves, bravely learn what their pain is teaching them, and become wiser and softer as a result.”

I hope you will join us this Friday to consider how your character might be formed in this time.



Virtual Veritas Forum: Coronavirus & Quarantine Recordings

The Veritas Forum held Coronavirus & Quarantine: The Economy, Career, & Jobs Edition What Big Questions Can We Be Asking? flyer photo for first sessionthree virtual sessions on Coronavirus & Quarantine with a variety of panelists addressing important questions

“Because of the gratuity and extravagance of Christ’s tears, we can today know that Christ’s tears are with us today.”
Mako Fujimura

Coronavirus & Quarantine: The Economy, Career, & Jobs Edition What Big Questions Can We Be Asking? flyer photo for second sessionVeritas Forum is pleased to share the recordings of all three virtual forums in this series:

  • March 24, “Coronavirus & Quarantine: What Big Questions Can We Be Asking?” with David Brooks, Andy Crouch and Lydia Dugdale: YouTube and podcast.

Coronavirus & Quarantine: The Economy, Career, & Jobs Edition What Big Questions Can We Be Asking? flyer photo for third session

  • April 2, “Coronavirus & Quarantine: The Economy, Career, and Jobs Edition” with Arthur Brooks, Andy Chan, and Alfa Demmellash: YouTube and podcast
  • April 8, “Coronavirus & Quarantine: Lament, Hope, and Creativity Edition” with Lecrae, Alissa Wilkinson, and Mako Fujimura: YouTube and podcast

Wishing you much joy in this season of resurrection and new life,

The Veritas Forum Team




Living Tech-wise Lives by Faith

Head photo of Catherine CrouchA 90 minute Webinar for Christian Faculty and Graduate Students

February 1, 2019, 9:30-11:30am (9am for coffee, snacks, and conversation at our OSU campus site)

On Saturday, February 1 we will host a webinar for faculty & grad students and others. We will gather online with people from around the world – with our speaker originating from Swarthmore, PA. Our presenter, who starts at 9:30am, for this event is Dr. Catherine Crouch who together with her husband, Andy Crouch, have lived out their callings in the academy and at home. Dr. Crouch is professor of Physics with a focus on membrane interactions, nanoparticle physics, and physics education. Her husband Andy’s recent book, The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place, touches on some of the themes she will explore in this ninety minute webinar as she shares practices they have used in their family and their work. This webinar will both challenge and encourage you in your own walk with God.

There are two options for participating.

  1. We are gathering on campus and invite you to join us for coffee, snacks, and conversation at 9am in room 269 Arps Hall. Parking is available in the Arps Garage. Enter via the exterior stairs on the northwest end of Arps Hall. The second floor door will be open. Registration is not required but an email to Howard helps with planning and lets us let you know of any updates.
  2. Or you may view the webinar on your own device. You must register for this webinar in advance if you want to view it online. Register Here.
For further information contact,
Howard Van Cleave
Webinar Coordinator, Ohio Valley IVCF-GFM
In partnership with:

Spiritual Formation and the Workplace

Steven Garber photoA 1-Hour Webinar for Christian Faculty and Graduate Students

Nov 14, 2019, 12-1pm

Work will occupy most of our academic life. Amid the mundane and hectic, it’s too easy to become disconnected from God and his work in the world. In partnership with InterVarsity-USA, Dr. Steve Garber, Professor of Marketplace Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, will discuss on Thursday, 14 November 2019 at 1200 EST what it means to be called of God to our work in the academy by exploring the practices that shape our faith on campus.
For further information contact,
Howard Van Cleave
Webinar Coordinator, Ohio Valley IVCF-GFM
In partnership with:

ESN Conversation: Andy Le Peau on Writing Better for Academics

September 26, Noon

The Emerging Scholars Network is launching a new occasional online event series called ESN Conversations. For the first event, Andy Le Peau distills 40 years of editing experience into one conversation. Join us to learn great tips for academic writing from the emeritus associate publisher for editorial at InterVarsity Press, including how to overcome writer’s block.

We are hosting a watch group at Arps Hall in room 239. Come join us. RSVP to Paul Post.

If you can’t attend but want to watch online – RSVP to bob.trube[at]intervarsity.org to receive a conference call link for this event.

Bob Trube reviewed Andy Le Peau’s related book, Write Better, on his blog.

Lunch with a Higher Purpose, Thursday, April 4

There is not a recording available for this event but the Emerging Scholars Blog has a posting providing highlights and links to related materials.

The final Lunch with a Higher Purpose for this academic year with Dr. Francis Su was co-sponsored by the Society of Christian Scholars on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Noon (EST).

Dr. Su is uniquely qualified to address our topic, Living out Academic Calling while Serving God on Campus. Dr. Su will address the tensions and triumphs of a life of faith and define the meaning of success for the professor called by God to the academic life.

Brief BioHead and shoulders photo of Dr. Francis Su

Francis Edward Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and past president of the Mathematical Association of America. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His research is in geometric combinatorics and applications to the social sciences and he has co-authored numerous papers with undergraduates.