Karen is the National Director of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, and lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and three boys. Except for some years taken off to raise her sons, she has spent her adult life in and around InterVarsity — originally as a student and campus staff member in Michigan and currently in Atlanta. An entrepreneur at heart, she and some student leaders started the grad fellowship at Michigan State and the MBA fellowship at Georgia Tech. She loves to use her gifts of hospitality and teaching to create a welcoming place for people to connect with God and with each other. Although she rarely has time for it, you can find Karen at her sewing machine when ministry progress gets hard to measure and she needs to see tangible results from her efforts. She loves dark chocolate, good coffee, and British television.
If you missed our video conversations in November, no worries. Here are a few things we talked about and resources we mentioned along with our prayers for a holiday season filled with the peace and joy of Christ!
Join us for a conversation with author and Biblical scholar Amanda W. Benckhuysen as we discuss her new book in which she explores scholarship written by women over several centuries and considers its implications for Biblical interpretation.
What does it mean to embrace the fullness of God's call in your life? Listen in on our interview with Tish Harrison Warren as we discuss the joys and trials of moving to a new city, the experience of personal grief, and the process of discovering your call.
As another academic year nears its end, I am grateful for the many wonderful faculty men and women who serve college students both inside and outside of the classroom day after day. The media is full of stories of those who abuse their position and privilege but usually silent about the many faculty who come to campus each day with the intention of working hard, researching well, and investing in the education of the students in their lecture halls and labs.
I recently read that Advent is sort of a spiritual “waiting room.” Advent and its Scripture readings are characterized by an attentive attitude, a posture of waiting. I am not good at waiting, never have been . . .