Part of the challenge in academia is that my success seems tied to my ‘expertise.’
In my role as a campus minister over the last 15 years, I’ve had the privilege of helping students embrace the value of simple, flexible, and defined spiritual disciplines.
Humble awe brings us back to the original reason we chose to be academics in the first place—an amazing God and an amazing world of knowledge.
A major “spiritual occupational hazard” for an academic is thinking too much of yourself. This can show itself as pride and arrogance . . .
The proper balance of hope and critical thinking will best prepare us to address deeper societal challenges—like racism, poverty, and inequalities—facing our communities.