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Interview with Mark R. Schwehn and Dorothy C. Bass
Commissioned by PTEV, Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be, is an anthology of texts to inspire conversation on vocation co-edited by Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass. Schwehn is professor of humanities in Christ College and project director of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, Valparaiso University, and served as a member of the PTEV Advisory Panel. Dorothy C. Bass is director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People of Faith, a project of the Lilly Endowment located at Valparaiso University.
Interview with Michael Duffy
Mike Duffy is chair of the Department of Theological Studies and Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Hanover College. His book, The Skeptical, Passionate Christian: Tools for Living Faithfully in an Uncertain World , was published by Westminster John Knox Press. Duffy directed Hanover's PTEV project, served on the PTEV advisory panel and is an ordained U.C.C. minister.
Interview with John Neafsey
John Neafsey is a practicing clinical psychologist and a senior lecturer in the Department of Theology at Loyola University Chicago, teaching in the area of theology and interdisciplinary studies. He developed a course on the theology and psychology of vocation in conjunction with Loyola’s PTEV-supported initiative, the EVOKE program. His book, A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscience (Orbis Books, April 2006), is an ecumenical, interdisciplinary exploration of the psychology, spirituality, and ethics of vocational discernment and social responsibility. In addition to his clinical work and teaching, he volunteers his professional services at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture in Chicago. John lives with his wife and two children in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. His book was named one of "The Best Spiritual Books of 2006" by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. To view the article, click here. It was also awarded second place in both the spirituality and first time author categories by the Catholic Press Association.
Interview with FTE Fellows
On April 8, 2005 the PTEV coordination office hosted a luncheon for local FTE ministerial and doctoral fellows. They were joined by former FTE President Ann Svennungsen, who had been visiting from Atlanta. During the event, the fellows reflected on formative life experiences and their current vocational aspirations.
Interview with Bill Placher
William C. Placher is the chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the La Follette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Wabash College. Placher is the author of 11 previous books and a nationally respected scholar who serves on the advisory panel of Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation. Placher was commissioned by PTEV to compile an anthology of Christian texts on work and vocation from various historical periods. This interview with the author discusses the book and issues of vocational exploration for college students.
Interview with Douglas J. Schuurman
Douglas J. Schuurman is Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College and author of Vocation: Discerning our Callings in Life, published by Eerdmans and supported by the Louisville Institute for the Study of Protestantism and American Culture. He was interviewed at a gathering of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America colleges and seminaries, all of whom have received grants in various initiatives of Lilly Endowment Inc.
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