Fully Engaged: Pursuing Integrity in Work and Leisure

Dates April 11, 2014 | 4–5:30 p.m.
April 25, 2014 | 4–5:30 p.m.
May 16, 2014 | 4–5:30 p.m.
Location Tealwood Asset Management, Minneapolis, MN
Directions Get directions to Tealwood Asset Management
Cost $30 for 3 sessions
Registration Register online by April 1
Sponsors Sponsored by the Bethel University Humanities Program, with support from a grant from the Apgar Foundation.

Event Description

At this point in your career, are you asking what it means to work with integrity and purpose? How your non-work, leisure pursuits contribute to a full life? How to increase the elements of trust and civility in your community, work, and the institutions you support?

If you’ve noticed these questions popping up in your life, join us for a three session, small group discussion designed for business professionals who are looking for more holistic forms of engagement in life and work. Novelists, political philosophers, and essayists will guide our conversation.


  • Small groups of 10 people (a mix of age and experience). We’ll talk about some great writings that engage these issues 
  • We’ll read about 50 pages before each meeting and come together for a “shared inquiry” into their meaning
  • Texts will be mailed participants at least two weeks before the first meeting


Bethel professors with significant experience in conducting seminar discussions.

All readings will be selected from Leading Lives that Matter (ed. Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass, Eerdmans 2006)

Session 1—Harmony | Friday, April 11

How can we seek balance in work, personal life, and community involvement? Wendell Berry, excerpt from Jayber Crow; Bonnie Miller-McLemore, “Generativity Crises of My Own”; Arlie Hochschild, “There’s No Place Like Work”

Session 2—Work | Friday, April 25

How do we recognize and interpret our job as a “vocation”?  Lee Hardy, “Making the Match: Career Choice”; Robert Wuthnow, “The Changing Nature of Work”; Robert Frost, “Two Tramps in Mudtime”; Frederich Buechner, “Vocation.”

Session 3—Leisure | Friday, May 16

What would it look like to consider our time and relationships as more than a break from work? Abraham Heschel, excerpt from The Sabbath; Gilbert Meilaender, “Friendship and Vocation.”


Contact Daniel Ritchie at 651.638.6133 or d-ritchie@bethel.edu.