Spiritual Formation

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Whether you just started graduate school or are almost finished, our weekly fall readings are designed to help you journey forward with a strong sense of calling to God’s work in the university. Read and discuss with a small group, or reflect on your own. Click here to go to the readings on the Emerging Scholars Blog.

Through a challenging year, Professor Rachel Ferguson moves from an intellectual engagement with the Christian faith to a fuller understanding of discipleship, embracing new practices to truly dwell in Christ, leading to the spiritual transformation she needed, and that we all deeply desire.

The ESN blog has partnered with Emerging Scholars as writers of content for and by graduate students and faculty. The material these writers have shared with the Emerging Scholars Network has been such an encouragement. Hannah Eagleson, the Interim Director of ESN, wanted to collect some of the best resources for your reference as you plan events for your chapter, fellowship, small group, or prayer meetings. We are so grateful to the ESN Blog writers for these contributions.

 Listen to audio or video of guest speaker Gordon Smith at the online symposium, Prayer and the Academic Calling, co-hosted by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Society of Christian Scholars. The event was held in Coumbus, OH for faculty and grad students across the country and around the world on Saturday, February 2, 2019. We are excited to share the audio and video recording about Gordon Smith's new book, Teach Us to Pray (IVP, 2018).

Check out the video of our live, interactive, online faculty event using Zoom video conferencing that was held on Thursday, November 1, 2018. This Lunch with a Purpose features Kathy Tuan-MacLean, PhD, National Director of Faculty Ministry, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.

As we enter Advent on December 3rd, we would like to invite faculty and students to enjoy a free visual devotional experience as you spend time alone with God this Christmas season. This weekly devotional experience, created by lnterVarsity staff minister, Bette Lynn Dickinson, features a beautifully hand-painted original series, Scriptures, prayers and questions to guide you through the days that lead to our Savior's birth.

May God speak to us and fill us with the hope that was born that first Christmas. Learn more and download the complete Advent series.

How does one thrive spiritually in the academic world? Whether we work in secular or Christian contexts, we can benefit from learning how believing faculty members abide in Christ in the midst of their day-to-day teaching tasks. Anne Pharr describes such a conversation in this first of a series on spiritual vitality in the academy.

Brief, hard-hitting and often brilliant, this treatise by C. John Sommerville (Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and member of the Faculty Ministry Advisory Council) builds the controversial argument that secular universities in America have neglected religion at their peril. (Publishers Weekly) C. John Sommerville's study of the secular university is an excellent choice for reading with fellow Christian faculty.