Fear to Flourishing–May 7, 2-4 p.m.

Do not be anxious… (Philippians 4:4-9)

The high expectations of academia can generate a fear of failure.  Amidst such fears how do we avoid living in anxiety or turning our job into our God?  Philippians 4 presents us with a challenge, an answer, and an unexpected outcome.  Join us this May to explore how prayer can take us from fear to flourishing.

Topic:  Fear to Flourishing—Do Not be Anxious  A discussion from Philippians led by Judy Dean (Brandeis—International Economics)

Date:  2-4 p.m., May 7, 2017

Place:  the home of Nancy Hill (Harvard, Developmental Psychology), 5 Cowperthwaite St. #145, Cambridge 02138

What to Expect:  Lunch, warm fellowship, prayer and thoughtful discussion

A note on parking:  Because Nancy lives near Harvard Square, there will be limited parking.  You may want to take public transportation if you can.

A note on childcare:  Please let me know if you’d like childcare by Tuesday 5/2.  Because my home-grown babysitters have gone off to college and the challenges around legally providing childcare, we’re trying to figure this out—let me know if you have great ideas or babysitters!

Pressing On Towards. . .

Academic culture claims that recognition, awards, and promotion are our highest goals, but what value do they have to us as followers of Jesus? Building on our conversation about resumes and achievement, this month we will be exploring how we can keep our eyes on the goals that affirm our identity and calling in Christ. Join us this March as we examine “pressing on” in light of Philippians 3:12-21.

 
Please join us for soup, vanilla bean cake, delving into Scripture, great fellowship and prayer.
 

Topic:  Pressing on Toward. . .?  A discussion from Philippians led by Summar Sparks (Bentley—Writing)

Date:  2-4 p.m., March 5, 2017

Place:  the home of Troy Van Voorhis (MIT), 142 Richdale Ave.  Cambridge MA 02140

What to Expect:  Lunch, warm fellowship, prayer and thoughtful discussion

A note on childcare:  Please let me know if you’d like childcare by Tuesday 2/28.  Because my home-grown babysitters have gone off to college and the challenges around legally providing childcare, we’re trying to figure this out—let me know if you have great ideas or babysitters!

Relying on Christ Instead of Our Resumes

In Philippians 3, Paul lays out an impressive resume, with top achievements in his field. He then says he counts it all “rubbish” compared to knowing Christ. How might this radical approach to reputation and achievement transform us as academics? How do we meet academic expectations—teaching success, publications, visibility in our fields– without placing our confidence and setting our hearts on our academic achievements?

Please join the Boston Faculty Fellowship as we enjoy lunch, discussion and prayer together:

Topic:  Relying on Christ Instead of Our Resumes  A discussion from Philippians led by Judy Dean (Brandeis—Economics)

Date:  2-4 p.m., November 6, 2016

Place:  the home of John (HMS) and Jean (BU) Peteet. 100 High Street, Brookline, MA

What to Expect:  Lunch, warm fellowship, prayer and thoughtful discussion

A note on childcare:  Please let Kathy Tuan-MacLean know if you’d like childcare by Tuesday 11/1.  Because her home-grown babysitters have gone off to college and the legal/policy challenges around officially providing childcare, we’re trying to figure this out—let her know if you have great ideas or babysitters!

Can We Pursue Academic Excellence with Humility?

As followers of Jesus in academia, we face many challenges from a vocational culture that celebrates and even glorifies the achievements of man and emphasizes reputation, often through self-promotion. In this new “year” of the Boston Faculty Fellowship (BFF) we will explore some of these cultural tensions to glean insights from Scripture and from one another’s experiences to encourage and equip one another to live out our academic callings in faithful obedience to Jesus.

In our Sunday discussions we will draw from portions of the New Testament book of Philippians, a letter written by Paul from prison yet filled with inspiring examples of joy, hope and confidence in the Lord and humble surrender to His purposes, to consider how best to root our vocational work in Christ and how to encourage and support one another in those endeavors.

Topic:  Can We Pursue Academic Excellence with Humility?  A discussion from Philippians

Date:  2-4 p.m., September 25, 2016

Place:  the home of John (HMS) and Jean (BU) Peteet. 100 High Street, Brookline, MA

What to Expect:  Lunch, warm fellowship, prayer and thoughtful discussion

 

God Works in the Highest Echelons

Program:  God Works in the Highest Echelons” a discussion on Daniel 4 led by Brenda Birmann (Harvard Medical School, Epidemiology) 

Soup, bread and vanilla bean cake will be served.  Spouses are very welcome

Time:       Sunday, April 10th,4-6 p.m.

Place:      The home of Judy Dean (Brandeis, Economics):  178 Rural Ave., Medford MA 02155  Call 617-875-6077 if lost

Bring:      Yourself, your spouse, any faculty who might be interested!

RSVP:  to this email by next Wednesday if you need childcare!

What Should Faculty Eat? Lessons from Daniel 1

Paleo?  Low-Carb?  The first challenge Daniel and his friends faced when they entered Babylon University was the question of food.  Please join the Boston Faculty Fellowship for our first meeting of the academic year as we focus this year on the book of Daniel and apply the lessons he learned through our own journey through Babylon (aka academia).  We’ll be meeting at a new time!  4- 6 p.m. to accommodate napping toddlers.   An early dinner, discussion, prayer and fellowship always accompany great conversation.

Program:  What Should Faculty Eat?:  Lessons from Daniel 1” a discussion led by Judy Dean (Brandeis) & Kathy Tuan-MacLean (InterVarsity)

Soup, bread and vanilla bean cake will be served.  Spouses are very welcome and childcare will be provided.

Time:       Sunday, September 27, 4-6 p.m.

Place:      The home of Kevin & Marya Outterson:  9 Westwood Rd, Somerville MA 02143,  Call 617-875-6077 if lost

Bring:      Yourself, your spouse, any faculty who might be interested!

RSVP:  to kathy.tuan-maclean@intervarsity.org if you need childcare!