Gideon Strauss
Associate Professor of Worldview Studies
 
“Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken.” (Paul Simon)
 
“The phenomenological idea of going to the things themselves means to do full justice to the everyday experience, to the lived experience. … ‘Going to the things’ [Husserl] means that, as researchers, we should position ourselves so the things can show themselves to us.” (Karin Dahlberg)
 
“All creation is a burning bush of the Lord God, revealing his just, merciful presence by the praise of countless creatures.” (Calvin Seerveld)
 
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” (Psalm 119:18 NIV)

How do I make sense of the world, and of myself? How do I find my way in the world? As I live these questions, and reflect on them, I discover myself in three conditions: a state of wonder at the marvel of the things I encounter and at the overabundant love of God to which I believe all these things testify; a state of heartbreak at the evil that vandalizes all things and that I discover (most often as misguided love) resident in myself; a state of hope when I discover that it (sometimes, in some ways) gets better and when I hear the promise in the apocalyptic poetry of the Bible that in the end all will be well.

These questions and conditions are also what shapes my work at the Institute for Christian Studies. As Associate Professor in Worldview Studies, my primary assignment is to co-design, co-promote, and teach in the new low-residency, cohort-based Wayfinding Masters of Worldview Studies alongside others in the ICS community and our extended networks of collaborators, and to nurture a long-term collaborative learning community, The Wayfinders.

In a few weeks we'll be starting up the next course in our Wayfinding MWS, Vocational Wayfinding. Part of what excites me about this course is that we are offering it both for credit (a Certificate in Worldview Studies or towards our MWS) and as a continuing education learning experience, and that we are eagerly partnering with local churches, schools, campus ministries, and other organizations to set up in-person study groups to participate in the course.

I also eagerly partner with others working in vocational wayfinding and worldview studies. In September of 2016 I will be teaching on a spirituality of wonder, heartbreak, and hope (as it is found in the psalms) for adaptive discipleship in a complex and changing world, in partnership with the Cascade Fellows of Fuller Theological Seminary's Pacific Northwest campus in Seattle, and doing a workshop in that beautiful city in partnership with the pastors network Made to Flourish. And from May to September 2017 I hope to be in South Africa again, partnering with the Communitas and Ekklesia Centers in the Faculty of Theology of the University of Stellenbosch, with the Stellenbosch Gemeente, as well as with other communities of faith.

I’d love to talk with anyone interested in this program and these courses! Email me at gstrauss@icscanada.edu so we can set up an online video or phone conversation.

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