By Jasmine Obeyesekere Fernando

An Interview with Dr. Steven Garber

On November 15, 2017, Women in the Academy and Professions was privileged to host a Q & A with Dr. Steven Garber, author of Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good, as the finale of our inaugural book club. Dr. Garber was the Principal of the Washington Institute of Faith, Vocation and Culture in Washington, DC for several years and is now Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College Vancouver.

How do you have a deeply formed Christian way of fundamentally understanding the paradigms of your discipline? Dr. Garber engages in a warm and though-provoking discussion on how we can keep our hopes alive over a lifetime:

  • encouraging us to truly know the world in all its messiness and still love it deeply.

  • exhorting us to live in the reality of the "now but not yet" of God’s Kingdom.
  • urging us to live a more coherent life (with personal stories from Dr. Garber's own life and relationships).
  • challenging us to live more seamless lives rather than giving in to compartmentalization.
  • reminding us that "the stuff of our work" matters to God and that our work is integral to God’s purposes in the world. 
  • inspiring us to be translators. “Can you sing songs shaped by the truest truths of the universe that the whole world can understand?"

Photo source: InterVarsity Press


If you are interested in leading a discussion on this book, please see the book discussion notes prepared by our book club leader, Jasmine Obeyeskere Fernando.

About the Author

Jasmine is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she worked for the IFES affiliated Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS) as a national staff worker, briefly as Acting General Secretary and recently as a Board member. She also worked for the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and a MA in International Relations from Syracuse University. Jasmine’s InterVarsity involvement includes leading the Graduate Christian Fellowship at Syracuse University and chapter planting as a volunteer staffworker at SUNY Albany for GFM. She presently volunteers as Staff Development Specialist to South Asian American Ministries. Jasmine has written for The Well and for Mutuality Magazine. She is married to Guy and is mom to Jayathri and Yannik. Jasmine is a WAP Associate focusing on special projects.

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