By Lisa Sung and Caroline Triscik

A Call to Unity in Christ: An Interview with Lisa Sung

“Discovering that the Bible itself presents this teaching [the cultural mandate given to humanity] and that there are conceptual resources that are available — particularly in the social sciences but also in philosophy — that help us to draw out and make explicit what is implicit in Scripture has been tremendously healing and validating as a person of color as well as a woman. — Lisa Sung

Listen in as WAP associate Caroline Triscik interviews theologian Lisa Sung about her experience as an evangelical scholar in a Catholic seminary, her insights on the ways race, ethnicity, and gender affect our lives, and her journey of spiritual formation.

"This past spring, the Women in the Academy and Professions team sat down with Lisa Sung over Gino’s East pizza near Mundelein, Illinois. Sharing about her recent experiences as the evangelical scholar in residence at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Lisa brought hope for unity in the Church, as well as her thoughts on race, ethnicity, and gender related to her dissertation research. In this podcast episode, WAP associate Caroline Triscik continues the conversation with Lisa about the ecumenical church, the relationship between spiritual and theological formation, and engaging in beneficial spiritual practices to remain connected with Jesus as a woman in academia."

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Recently named Visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Regent College(link is external) (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Elizabeth (Lisa) Sung, PhD, is a systematic theologian and a spiritual director. As Theologian-in-Residence at The InterVarsity Institute, she ministers at-large, offering resources to strengthen and equip theological schools, ministry organizations, and churches far and near. She teaches theology courses for seminaries and universities in North America, Asia, and East Asia. She also is Affiliate Scholar at the James Houston Centre for Humanity and the Common Good (Vancouver, Canada). In both academic and ministry contexts, she teaches theology to foster the lived reality of personal integrity and flourishing in Christ as the catalyst for missional living, in a framework explicitly reconnecting systematic theology to spiritual formation, moral transformation, and world service.​

Caroline served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and holds a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is a clinical mental health counselor and a former associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

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