Vocation On Campus

Last week I attended a conference — ready for the title — the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education: Enriching the Theological Exploration of Vocation conference. Despite that mouthful, NetVUE was a solid, reflective, conference on a topic important to me, and not coincidentally part of my work at Concordia. As […]

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Improve Mission Trips: Less Service, More Learning

I recently returned from a mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico with students from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. The trip took place over our spring break, and in Ensenada we worked with Lantern Hill, a small US-based non-profit with whom the college has partnered for several years. When I returned to campus, I met with […]

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5 Quick Thoughts on Traveling Abroad with Students

I’m currently traveling with 9 Concordia College students on a Justice Journey, in partnership with our campus ministry commission, to Ensenada, Mexico. Specifically, we’re learning and volunteering with Lantern Hill, a nonprofit that works with very poor indigenous persons on the outskirts of town. Here’s five highlights of travel with students off the top of […]

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Big News! I’m editing a book on faith & college

Here’s some pretty fun news to share: I’m editing a book on wrestling with faith and college! Yes…a real book, full of young adults’ stories, edited by me, and published by the Alban Institute. I’d love your help in getting the word out that I’m accepted essays. Please share this post with your young-reflective-writer-type-friends-and-relations, or better yet, share this page describing the Call for Submissions.

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God Made Me An Introvert…So Tweet Me?

Why, at a big party with all my friends, do I stand in a corner speaking quietly to one person? Why do I prefer deeper, more meaningful conversations? Why do I look forward to weekends when I can simply be quiet, read the Times, and see a movie by myself?

Hi. I’m Adam. I’m an introvert.

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Jeff Foels on #SALIC13: What it wasn’t, what it was, what I heard, what’s next

Last week, a small group of Presbyterians from across the denomination gathered in Baltimore for the Six Agency Leadership Initiative Consultation (SALIC). Here’s what happened and why it matters.

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Is Seminary for Slackers?

In a recent private forum I heard, “Graduate theological education should be reserved for the very best. Seminaries, on the other hand, should have room for everyone.” Is that true?

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Free muffin, free coffee…but, just one question first

“Free muffin?” we asked. “Who wants coffee?” There was just one catch. Students had to answer a question. “How do you want to live your life?” We weren’t just getting rid of mistakenly-ordered food and drinks, we were a mobile vocation reflection unit.

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Report from the Association for Theological Field Education Consultation

Greetings from Williamsburg, Virginia, across the street from the campus of William and Mary, and this year’s home of the biennial consultation of the Association for Theological Field Education (ATFE). ATFE is the professional association for those at colleges, universities, and seminaries who coordinate students’ field ed — or, by other names, “practica,” “internships,” “placements,” […]

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