Teach us to number our days: Reconciling the finite with the infinite

How can the infinite inform our finite lives? Being established in the academy requires an often obsessive focus on making a name for ourselves. This can absorb our lives and leave us worn out, anxious and empty. The scriptures charge us to number our days and exercise a kind of wisdom informed by our finitude, leading to a fuller experience of life and purpose as we depend on the One who will “establish the work of our hands”(Ps. 90). Faculty of all ages and life stages are invited to join us for what promises to be an encouraging and thought-provoking series as Columbia Physician and Ethicist, Dr. Lydia Dugdale and Yale Architect Dr. Kyle Dugdale help us reconsider death and we seek wisdom with Campus Staff Minister Jeff Barneson by studying scripture that can transform how we live each day, particularly in our calling as faculty to love our university. Visit the Program page to learn more about our guest speakers.

Register now to join us on Thursday, July 9th as we continue this conversation in a virtual summer series for faculty in the Northeast -- Teach Us to Number Our Days: reconciling the finite with the infinite. Our next Zoom meeting will be a Scripture study of Psalm 90, led by InterVarsity Campus Staff Minister Jeff Barneson. We look forward to hosting this time together for faculty in the Northeast and hope you will register and plan to join us.

We hope that you enjoyed the first two events in this series:

  • Last month, Dr. Lydia Dugdale introduced us to wisdom about The Lost Art of Dying at the Veritas Faculty Forum on May 26. Lydia shared that one of the most important ways to prepare for a good death is to live well. How do we do this practically in our own lives as faculty?
  • At our June 16th virtual event, professors Lydia and Kyle Dugdale shared how they seek to live well in light of their mortality, particularly as faculty. Following the conversation with Lydia and Kyle, we had the opportunity to join faculty colleagues in breakout discussion groups and wrestle together with what it means as faculty to “number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

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Teach Us to Number Our Days: reconciling the finite with the infinite

InterVarsity’s Northeast Faculty Summer Series 2020, Part 2
Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 7:00-8:15pm ET
This event will not be recorded.
Register here to attend this Zoom Meeting event.

Save the Date

More information is coming soon about the final evening in our Northeast Faculty Summer Series events, Tuesday, August 4, 7:00pm—Teach Us to Number Our Days: growing in the practice of prayer

We welcome you to invite faculty colleagues to attend these virtual faculty events. We hope you can join us on June 16th!

Ashley Byrd
InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministries
Northeast Faculty Conference Director


Kathy Cooper
InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministries
Regional Director, GFM Northeast Region


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