By Karen Hice Guzmán and Tish Harrison Warren

The Shape of a Call: An Interview with Tish Harrison Warren

We can tend to think of truth as rational information you receive and beauty as emotional experience. But I really feel like when someone tells you something about God or the world — and they do it beautifully and truthfully — that the truth of it is more true because it's beautiful and the beauty of it is more beautiful because it's true.

It’s been a bit more than a year since Tish Harrison Warren left the Women in the Academy and Professions team to serve as Co-Associate Rector of an Anglican church with her husband in Pittsburgh. Talking with Tish always leaves us with something to ponder and we’re thrilled she took time from her full life to catch up with us. Listen in as WAP Director Karen Guzmán talks with TIsh about a myriad of topics including vocation and calling, truth and beauty, settling into a new place, whether women and men think about work differently, and spiritual practices for busy women. (Spoiler: Tish’s three suggestions are 1) go to church, 2) use the examen, and 3) pray compline.)

You can listen on iTunes or through WAP's podbean page. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

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.

Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. She is the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, which was Christianity Today's 2018 Book of the Year, and the forthcoming Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work, or Watch, or Weep (IVP 2021). She has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries, as an associate rector, with addicts and those in poverty through various churches and non-profit organizations, and, most recently, as the writer-in-residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a monthly columnist with Christianity Today, and her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, The Point Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of The Pelican Project and a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. She lives with her husband and three children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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