Annual Focus Series explores “work”

SAU-Focus-2014“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.

2014 Schedule

Monday, Feb. 24

10:00 a.m.
Paul Nemecek
Work, Vocation & Calling
SAFMC

2:30-3:30 p.m.
James K.A. Smith
Preliminary Lecture
RCF

7-8:30 p.m.
James K.A. Smith
Keynote Address #1
White Aud.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

7-8 p.m.
Ken Brewer
The Trinitarian Foundations of Work
WG110

Wednesday, Feb. 26

9-10 a.m.
Chuck White
Sing (Don’t Whistle) While You Work: Charles  Wesley & the Making of the English Working Class
POL202

Wally Metts
Writing as Vocation
SMC 142

Robert Moore-Jumonville
If a Thing’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Badly: A Chestertonian Perspective on Work
RCF

Johnathon Rinck
Arts, Crafts, and Revolution
WG213

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
POL302

John Hawthorne
The Good Work of Learning
WG110

Sarah Crane
Poverty & Entrepreneurial Enterprise
POL305

Rick Ostrander
Keynote Address #2
SAFMC

1:15-2:15 p.m.

 

Jeremy Norwood
Guns, Garments, & Girls:  The Role of Military Violence in the Economic Stabilization of Cambodia
POL305

Jeremie Solak, Sean Hurt
Work is For Leisure, & Leisure is for God: Malawi, Homeschooling, Aristotle, & Josef Pieper
POL302

Kim Hayworth, Robin Smith
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?
POL202

Roger Varland
Watching Africa at Work
WG213

Paul Nemecek
Work, Wages, & Wealth:  Philosophical, Theological, & Sociological Perspectives
WG110

Kimberly Moore-Jumonville
Zombie Restoration Guide: Dying to Work
SMC142

2:30-3:15 p.m.

Rick Ostrander
Refreshment/Discussion Time
POL Lounge

 

7-8 p.m.

Jen Letherer, Rachel Van Wylen, Shawn Teichmer, Brent Cline
How Artists Do Work
White Aud.

Thursday Feb. 27

7-8 p.m.

Jeff Bilbro
Imagining Healthy Work:  Why We All Have to Become Monks
RCF

Friday Feb. 28

10-11 a.m.

C.o.L Brent Cline
Save Your Soul, Don’t Be a Leader:  Lessons from Monastic Living
White Aud.

7-8 p.m.
TBA
Love, Death & War in the White House:  A Portrait of Woodrow Wilson in Music & Drama
Whit Aud.

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