dear mentor

Dear Mentor: Advice about travel opportunities?

Dear Mentor, I am an assistant professor and have two small children. I see some opportunities to travel in the year ahead — regional and... more

Dear Mentor: How do you deal with the stresses of the academy?

Dear Mentor, Whether publishing deadlines, criticism from colleagues, funding cuts, or something else, each of us feels pressure in the academy... more

Dear Mentor: Is there time for Advent?

Dear Mentor, I have always loved observing Advent, but this year I am in grad school and overwhelmed by coursework, research, and all the... more

staff picks

In Focus

Running Through Airports: Why I Travel for Work

There’s nothing like air travel to drive a person to prayer.I arrive at the Madison airport to discover that not only is my flight happily one of the only flights out of... more
Spiritual Formation

Tending Your Relationship with God through Spiritual Direction

A few Sundays ago, while away from home and visiting friends, I attended a church where the pastor encouraged us to have a “DTR” with Jesus. Comparing us to young couples on... more


from the blog

On Speaking and Silence in White America

Though each of their stories are different and each individual circumstance matters, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray have become, collectively, icons of victimization and injustice... more

The Pieces of Nepal

On Saturday, April 25, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook the Himalayan country of Nepal. It struck the country’s capital city, Kathmandu, as well as surrounding villages. More than 5,000 lives have been lost... more


Where do we want to go out to eat this weekend? What book will I start reading? What job shall I pursue next? How will I invest my time and energy? We make choices in our lives, big and small... more

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