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Lunch and Learn


Opus hosts a Lunch and Learn series to feature discussions with Wheaton faculty from the Opus Vocation Scholars program who've authored original vocation-related white papers. These events are designed to foster collegial and substantive conversation around themes of vocation with interested faculty from accross all academic departments.

Each program is open to 15 Wheaton College faculty members and includes a nicely catered lunch, a short talk from the featured scholar, and collegial discussion of the scholar's OVS white paper. Attendees read the featured paper in advance and bring their own thoughts and questions to the table.

Faculty who attended the inaugural Opus Lunch and Learn in January appreciated the quality of conversation (and of the food too!) Christa Strickler, Library, said she found the event “educational, formational, and community-building,” and Tim Taylor, International Relations, said, “I thought the Lunch and Learn was a great success! What a great experience and good community.”

Lunch and Learns are open to all Wheaton College faculty. Interested faculty may contact Erin McCord for RSVP information.

Spring 2018 Lunch and Learn Schedule

Our inaugural Lunch and Learn featured Dr. Noah Toly (Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations, Director of the Center for Urban Engagement), presenting his paper, "Called to Rest," on the importance of accounting for Sabbath values in our thinking about vocatoin.

The second Lunch and Learn in the spring 2018 semester features Dr. Beth Felker Jones (Professor of Theology). Her paper, "Power, Particularity, and Community: Reflections on Mentoring Theologically," addresses the mentoring of Wheaton students, with particular attention to mentoring in groups and gender dynamics in mentoring.

The final Lunch and Learn in the 2017-2018 acadmic year features Dr. David Setran (Price-LeBar Chair of Christian Formation and Ministry), whose OVS paper, "From Worldview to Way of Life: Forming Student Dispositions Toward Human Flourishing," explores practical ways we can help our students toward vocational lives that will bless many.

Dr. Setran in On Vocation

Dr. Setran's paper, featured at the Lunch and Learn on April 4, recently appeared in Opus's e-letter On Vocation. Read his eye-opening, rich, and stimulating 16-page treatment of the subject of forming student dispositions toward human flourishing or check out the excerpts selected for On Vocation.