“Work: Finding Joy in What You Do” is the theme for this year’s annual Focus Series at Spring Arbor University. Classes will break for the day as special speakers make presentations on Wednesday, Feb. 26, with a special guest lecturing before the event on Monday, Feb. 24. All events are free and open to the community.
James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, will deliver the first keynote address on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7:00 p.m. Smith’s most recent book, Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works, was published in 2013 by Baker Publishing Group.
Rick Ostrander, provost and chief academic officer at Cornerstone University, will deliver the first keynote address on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. Ostrander’s most recent book, Why College Matters to God: Academic Faithfulness and Christian Higher Education, was published in 2009 by Abilene Christian University Press.
In addition to the two keynote addresses, SAU faculty and staff will host workshops and sessions relevant to work, careers, vocation and calling.
Each year, the university sets aside time to come together and focus on a specific topic important to Christian faith and relevant in the world. Like SAU Focus Series 2014 on Facebook or follow @sau_focus on Twitter for updates.
Monday, Feb. 24
Work, Vocation & Calling
James K.A. Smith
James K.A. Smith
Keynote Address #1
Tuesday, Feb. 25
The Trinitarian Foundations of Work
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Sing (Don’t Whistle) While You Work: Charles Wesley & the Making of the English Working Class
Writing as Vocation
If a Thing’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Badly: A Chestertonian Perspective on Work
Arts, Crafts, and Revolution
Caleb Chan, Allen Knight, Randy Lewis, Dave Globig
Equipping Leaders to Serve: The Divine Calling to Pursue Purpose-Driven Work That Makes Worshipping Him Daily Possible Even if You Are Working in a Secular Environment
The Good Work of Learning
Poverty & Entrepreneurial Enterprise
Keynote Address #2
Guns, Garments, & Girls: The Role of Military Violence in the Economic Stabilization of Cambodia
Jeremie Solak, Sean Hurt
Work is For Leisure, & Leisure is for God: Malawi, Homeschooling, Aristotle, & Josef Pieper
Kim Hayworth, Robin Smith
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?
Watching Africa at Work
Work, Wages, & Wealth: Philosophical, Theological, & Sociological Perspectives
Zombie Restoration Guide: Dying to Work
Jen Letherer, Rachel Van Wylen, Shawn Teichmer, Brent Cline
How Artists Do Work
Thursday Feb. 27
Imagining Healthy Work: Why We All Have to Become Monks
Friday Feb. 28
C.o.L Brent Cline
Save Your Soul, Don’t Be a Leader: Lessons from Monastic Living
Love, Death & War in the White House: A Portrait of Woodrow Wilson in Music & Drama