ESN’s Peek of the week

Anna Lee-Winans, InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries (GFM) Area Director for Greater New York City, presents at 2013 GFM Staff Team Meetings.


The past several weeks have been rich with prayer, conversation, and even some planning regarding next steps for the Emerging Scholars Network. One particular piece of feedback has been the desire to renew the Week in Review. As this week I will be engaged in InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries (GFM) Staff Team Meetings (March 18-20), I offer you a Peek of the Week. But before you choose various links (below) to follow (and possibly share, comment upon, add to the collection of . . .), pray for our staff team as we gather. Pray for us . . .

  • to delve into how we may continue to grow in Christ-likeness. In particular that we may truly be a blessing in the midst of the rich diversity of the people with whom we labor (and collaborate) on campus. Our pre-conference Bible study and reflection has focused upon . . .
    • Acts 6:1-7
    • Acts 8:26-40
    • growing in cross-cultural competency
    • approaching differences
    • hospitality practices in our own culture
    • getting to know our “neighbors” on campus, in InterVarsity, where we live . . .
  • to make good connections and that times of encouragement and refreshment will happen. Many staff work in relative isolation quite some distance from colleagues. These meetings are the once-in-the-year time to see one another face-to-face and can be very significant for staff.
  • to listen to the directors of GFM as they remind us to be about the larger Kingdom work to which we are called.
  • to truly support our IFES sister movement in the Caribbean, where grad ministry is just starting. I look forward to hearing an update.

Articles/Blog Posts


April 4-5: 4th Annual Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP) Consultation Conference: Love In The Academy? Love In The Profession? Do They Exist? Cambridge, MA. $65 on or before 3/17. $75 on or after 3/18.

A Prayer

A most heart felt thank-you to Christine Sine for An Irish Blessing for St Patrick’s Day. I found all three of the videos she posted a blessing as I begin a full week. Although I leave you with A celtic blessing, I encourage you to visit An Irish Blessing for St Patrick’s Day and follow the ESN FB Wall for updates on the GFM meetings. To God be the glory!

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Tom Grosh IV

Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the South Central PA Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). The Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine is the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!

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