Living Hope–November 5

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. ” I Peter 1:3

What is this living hope?  How can we live hope?  Please join the Boston Faculty Fellowship for fellowship, Scripture discussion, prayer, and lunch!  

This year, we will focus on 1 Peter and the challenge of being prepared to give reason for our hope in Jesus.  How do we live this out in our faculty roles and relationships? How do we express hope that people are eager to understand? How does this challenge influence our approaches to our work, relationships, or sharing the good news?

Who:  Anyone who considers themselves a faculty—and bring your spouse 

What:  “Living Hope:  A Discussion of 1 Peter 1: 3-9”  with a testimony by John Porco (Chemistry, BU)

When:  November 5, 2017 2-4 p.m.

Where:  The home of Troy Van Voorhis (Chemistry, MIT), 142 Richdale Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140

What to expect:  Lunch, warm fellowship, prayer and thoughtful discussion
 
A note on childcare:  Please let Kathy Tuan-MacLean (kathy.tuan-maclean@intervarsity.org)  know if you’d like childcare by Tuesday 10/31.  
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Giving Reason for our Hope

“… Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…” I Peter 3:15

Please join the kickoff Boston Faculty Fellowship of the new academic year for fellowship, Scripture discussion, prayer, and lunch!  

This year, we will focus on 1 Peter and the challenge of being prepared to give reason for our hope in Jesus.  How do we live this out in our faculty roles and relationships? How do we express hope that people are eager to understand? How does this challenge influence our approaches to our work, relationships, or sharing the good news?

Our kick-off meeting will feature reflections from a panel of colleagues as well as small and large group discussions and time to pray together.  We would love to see and hear from YOU! Please join us…
 

Who:  Anyone who considers themselves a faculty—and bring your spouse 

What:  “Giving Reason for our Hope” a panel discussion with faculty around Boston

When:  September 24, 2017 2-4 p.m.

Where:  The home of John (HMS—psychiatry) and Jean (BU—physical therapy) Peteet, 100 High Street, Brookline, MA (directions attached)

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 9/19.  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!

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