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What does "Opus" mean?

"Opus" is a Latin word that carries a lot of meaning important for contemporary society and for the church.

While today “opus” usually describes a substantial piece of music composed by a master, the word comes from the Latin term for “work.” It can also be used to describe works of literature, theater, and other arts. “Magnum opus” refers to the most important achievement of an artist’s or scholar’s career.

These ideas suggest a way of approaching daily work as an opportunity to put faith into practice, to recognize that we are stewards of God’s flourishing creation – thus, the art of work.

Why a Bee?

Bees are known for being diligent and intelligent workers; and in a hive, each bee has a specialty to which they attend for the common good. They communicate with each other and fulfill their distinct roles as they work toward a purpose: producing honey, a sweet and valuable commodity.

Not only do they produce this commodity directly, but their work also impacts the world indirectly in a meaningful way: they pollinate the world around them and, in the process, transform flowers into fruit.

In this way, the bee represents much of what we hope to instill and promote through Opus: opening individual believers to the purpose and meaning of their work as the way God provides for the flourishing of other people and of the world.

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Ordinary Work - Chris Armstrong

Opus Director, Dr. Chris Armstrong, speaks “in praise of ordinary work.”