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“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
These words by Julian of Norwich remind us that Christ has come to bring restoration and wholeness to all things. We believe Jesus is restoring and redeeming the university world and the lives of those therein. Join us for conversations in which we seek to give voice to women living into their God-given callings and serving as redeeming influences in the academy and beyond.
For show notes or more information, please visit http://thewell.intervarsity.org/podcasts

All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond Women in the Academy and Professions

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
These words by Julian of Norwich remind us that Christ has come to bring restoration and wholeness to all things. We believe Jesus is restoring and redeeming the university world and the lives of those therein. Join us for conversations in which we seek to give voice to women living into their God-given callings and serving as redeeming influences in the academy and beyond.
For show notes or more information, please visit http://thewell.intervarsity.org/podcasts

    Christina Edmondson: Faithful Antiracism

    Christina Edmondson: Faithful Antiracism

    "We're not going to be able to intellectualize our way out of the principality of racism." — Christina Edmondson

    Join us for this conversation with author and educator Christina Edmondson as we discuss the work of fighting racism in academic contexts and the tools needed for this important task.

    Let me invite you into a conversation with Christina Edmondson, educator and co-author of Faithful Antiracism: Moving Past Talk to Systemic Change. I loved this book and I think it is exactly the kind of handbook that is needed to help our world and the Church move forward in matters of race.  In our conversation, Christina and I explore the very practical ideas in Faithful Antiracism, and we look at the work of fighting racism through the lens of life in the academic and professional realms specifically. The book is full of concepts that are both very actionable and very profound, and Christina and her co-author Chad Brennon lead the readers by the hand through logical, data-based explanations and into a space that is safe for self-examination and honest reflection. In talking with Christina, I began to get a taste of the way her spiritual wisdom and maturity paved the way for her and Chad to write this very rich and powerful book. I think you’ll love reading it, and I think you’ll love this conversation, too. 

    So have a listen! We're so glad you're here.

    — Ann Boyd

    For show notes or more information please visit our article at The Well.


    If you'd like to support the work of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, including future podcasts such as this episode, you can do so at givetoiv.org/wap. Thank you for listening!

    • 44 min
    Singleness: A Roundtable Conversation

    Singleness: A Roundtable Conversation

    "Only Jesus completes us. Only Jesus can meet us in the deepest places and in the ways that we most need and want and long for in terms of intimacy and wholeness and hope." — Dr. Lisa Sung

    Listen in on a remarkable roundtable conversation where we hear four thoughtful, faithful women respond to questions about living a full Christian life as a single woman.

    Let me invite you into a special episode where we have the opportunity to listen into a roundtable conversation on the topic of Singleness. The conversation is hosted by Karen Guzmán, our director at Women in the Academy and Professions, and I’ll let her introduce our four esteemed guests and some of the important questions they’ll delve into, including issues around work, family, friendship, and the church. The collective wisdom revealed in this conversation is remarkable, and I felt continually impressed and grateful for the honestly, vulnerability, and faithfulness of these women as we asked them to share deeply about a pretty personal topic. This conversation is well worth listening to whether or not you are single yourself. It’s exactly the kind of thing that everyone — single, married, widowed, or divorced — can benefit from as we seek to build a worldwide church that honors all people and their callings, without regard to their marital status.

    So have a listen! We're so glad you're here.

    — Ann Boyd

    For show notes or more information please visit our article at The Well.


    If you'd like to support the work of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, including future podcasts such as this episode, you can do so at givetoiv.org/wap. Thank you for listening!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Archive Dive: Katharine Hayhoe on All Shall Be Well

    Archive Dive: Katharine Hayhoe on All Shall Be Well

    "I truly believe that a failure to act on climate change is a failure to love." — Katharine Hayhoe

    Earth Day is on April 22, 2022! Allow this conversation with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe to inspire the stewardship of our beautiful planet.

    Welcome to our special episode honoring Earth Day! Our interview with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe is so appropriate for this week that we wanted to share it again today. Katharine’s book is an excellent resource for furthering one’s thinking about the privilege of caring for our planet, and this conversation with her is a great way to get the ball rolling.

    So let me invite you into a conversation with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, author of the book Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. I’ve been a fan of Katharine’s ever since we published a couple of interviews with her in 2016 and I’ve always been so inspired by the way she has pursued her calling in climate science. The book was life-changing for me. Katharine’s message is so empowering around the issue of climate change, offering encouragement and practical ideas without any guilt. But even more significant was seeing Katharine as an example of a person who is truly willing to reach across differences to bring about change. In our conversation, you’ll hear us discuss these bigger issues of calling and integration and respect for others — and you’ll also hear Katherine’s genius trick for grocery shopping that helps her to save time, waste less food, and create more delicious meals. I love the way Katharine connects big-picture questions with small, meaningful changes we can make in life.​ And — bonus! — we get to hear about Katharine's wonderful experience with the graduate student fellowship at University of Illinois.

    So have a listen! We're so glad you're here.

    — Ann Boyd

    For show notes or more information please visit our article at The Well.


    If you'd like to support the work of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, including future podcasts such as this episode, you can do so at givetoiv.org/wap. Thank you for listening!

    • 49 min
    Holly Oxhandler: The Soul of the Helper

    Holly Oxhandler: The Soul of the Helper

    "We have to do this work of discerning, 'What is ours to do?'"​​ — Holly Oxhandler

    Join us for this conversation with author and professor Holly Oxhandler as we discuss the image of God in each of us, its importance for our own flourishing, and the tools we can harness to learn more about it.

    Let me invite you into a conversation with Dr. Holly Oxhandler, social work professor and researcher at Baylor University. Holly’s research in the connection between spirituality and mental health led her to an important insight, namely that growing in our awareness of the image of God inside each of us can help us to flourish. She writes about this in her recent book entitled The Soul of the Helper: Seven Stages to Seeing the Sacred Within Yourself So You Can See It in Others. In our conversation, Holly and I talk about both the mindset shift and the practical habits we can adopt to attend to the divine spark in each of us. I found Holly’s story so remarkable in the way she describes her own transformation from a person who fully embraced the fast-paced nature of life into one that is more accepting of human limitations while still continuing to pursue her personal and professional goals. Holly has great things to say about spiritual practices and mental health resources, and I think you’re just going to love this interview.

    So have a listen! We're so glad you're here.

    — Ann Boyd

    For show notes or more information please visit our article at The Well.


    If you'd like to support the work of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, including future podcasts such as this episode, you can do so at givetoiv.org/wap. Thank you for listening!

    • 47 min
    Susan Maros: Calling in Context

    Susan Maros: Calling in Context

    “What we want so much of the time is to have a roadmap, but I think what God is saying is, ‘Walk with me.’”​ — Susan Maros


    Join us for this conversation with author and professor Susan Maros as we discuss the process of discerning God's calling and the ways our unique contexts inform that journey.


    Let me invite you into a conversation with Dr. Susan Maros — professor, researcher and leadership coach. Susan has written a new book entitled Calling in Context: Social Location and Vocational Formation, which releases in April 2022 (and is available for pre-order). In our conversation, Susan and I talk about the ways we need to expand our understanding of the concept of calling in a way that integrates our whole selves. We talk about how hindsight is often the best way we can identify patterns that reveal our calling, and Susan shares some practical suggestions for ways to grow in discernment. One of the things I love most about Susan’s work in this book is the way she bases her approach to calling on the knowledge that God is gracious and loving and isn’t trying to test us to see if we get things “right.” The whole conversation and the book is filled with grace, and it feels like a breath of fresh air infused into a topic that can often feel very intense and heavy. I loved this conversation, and I even kept a few parts in that were impacted by some technical difficulties and a little background noise — but don’t worry, you can understand every bit of it. In fact, if you hang in all the way to the end of the credits, you can hear a masterful bit of Susan’s wisdom over the pleasant buzz of gardening sounds near her office.


    So have a listen! We're so glad you're here.


    — Ann Boyd


    For show notes or more information please visit our article at The Well.



    If you'd like to support the work of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, including future podcasts such as this episode, you can do so at givetoiv.org/wap. Thank you for listening!

    • 49 min
    Catherine McNiel: Fearing Bravely

    Catherine McNiel: Fearing Bravely

    "Overcoming evil with good and with love — I can’t think of anything more active and intentional and subversive."  — Catherine McNiel


    Join us for this conversation with writer and theology student Catherine McNiel as we discuss the call to love our neighbor, what that call looks like in the world of academia, and the grace we need to get there.


    Let me invite you into a conversation with Catherine McNiel — writer, theology student, and second time guest on the podcast. Catherine has just released a new book entitled Fearing Bravely: Risking Love for Our Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies. In our conversation, we talk about Jesus’s call to love our enemies and the implications of this call on our lives today. We dig deep into the parable of the Good Samaritan and sift through issues of individual and systemic responsibility, and talk about the unique ways we can practice this element of faith in university and professional settings. The thing I love best about Catherine’s book and about our conversation is the way Catherine approaches this skill of loving others through a lens of spiritual formation, weaving it all together with practical exercises that enfold us in a place of spiritual safety. Catherine pastors her readers and listeners through this journey with great care, and at the very end, she even offers some fresh thoughts on loving others in relationship to Russia’s war on Ukraine, a world event that began just days before we recorded this episode.


    So have a listen! We're so glad you're here.


    — Ann Boyd


    For show notes or more information please visit our article at The Well.



    If you'd like to support the work of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, including future podcasts such as this episode, you can do so at givetoiv.org/wap. Thank you for listening!

    • 38 min

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