Thursday 3 January 2013

Prayer Letter: January 2013

Wednesday, January 2: At the beginning of 2013, we look ahead to another year and ask God's blessing on all our learning and teaching that will happen here at ICS.

Thursday, January 3: For all the Senior Members who are busy with the final preparation for their winter classes, we pray for guidance and stamina.

Friday, January 4: Peter Borgdorff’s son Leonard died tragically in a vehicle accident last month. Please keep the Borgdorff family in your prayers.

Monday, January 7: The first week of classes of the winter semester begins today! Today is the first day for “Truth and Authenticity: Heidegger’s Being” with Senior Member Lambert Zuidervaart. We ask for God's blessing on all the course participants.

Tuesday, January 8: Two new courses begin today: “Rhetoric as Philosophy from Isocrates to the Age of Abelard and Heloise” with Senior Member Bob Sweetman, and “Deconstruction and Politics” with Senior Member Shannon Hoff. We offer prayers for God's blessing on all the course participants.

Wednesday, January 9: A new courses begins today: “Pragmatism and Religion: Dewey, Rorty, and Stout” with Senior Member Ron Kuipers. We ask for God's blessing on all the course participants.

Thursday, January 10: Today is the first day of “IDS: What is This Thing Called Religion? Spiritual Difference, Secular Critique and Human Maturity” with the Faculty. We pray for God's blessing on all the course participants.

Friday, January 11: Senior Member Nik Ansell's course begins today: “Thinking the World of God: Religious Language Beyond Onto/theology”. We pray for God's blessing on all the participants.

Monday, January 14: Two distance education courses begin this week: “Biblical Foundations” with Jeffrey Hocking and John Stanley, and “Christianity and the Ecology Crisis” with Chris Allers. We pray for God's blessing on all the course participants.

Tuesday, January 15: We warmly welcome Tom and Dawn Wolthuis, our Presidents, and we ask God's blessing on them and their work here at ICS.

Wednesday, January 16: We ask God's blessing upon the Academic Council and the Leadership Team which both meet today. We are grateful for the experience and expertise they bring to ICS and ask God to guide them in their discussions and decisions.

Thursday, January 17: We offer prayers of thanks for the many people who have presented ICS with gifts of prayer, money, and expressions of appreciation, particularly through December and the Christmas season. We are deeply grateful to be blessed with so much support and interest.

Friday, January 18: We offer prayers of gratitude for all the work done for ICS by our outgoing President, Chris Gort. Chris will be missed here!

Monday, January 21: This month Senior Member Rebekah Smick begins a sabbatical. We pray for wisdom and energy for her as she works.

Tuesday, January 22: For any of us who are ill or who have friends who are ill, we pray for peace, strength, hope and healing.

Wednesday, January 23: The Faculty meets today. We pray for God's wisdom to guide this meeting.

Thursday, January 24: We offer prayers of praise for the hard work and talent of Junior Member Jelle Huisman, who successfully defended his MA thesis last month.

Friday, January 25: We ask God's help and guidance for all those who are doing advancement work for ICS both in Canada and in the US. Please pray that support for the vision and mission of ICS continues to grow.

Monday, January 28: We offer prayers of praise for the talent of Senior Member Lambert Zuidervaart, whose latest book, Art in Public, has received high praise in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.

Tuesday, January 29: CPRSE Associate Director Allyson Carr’s grandfather passed away last month. Please keep Allyson and her family in your prayers.

Wednesday, January 30: The Interfaculty Colloquium will be held this afternoon. We pray for God's blessing on all participants, and for good and positive insights that will further important academic work.
We pray for God’s wisdom to guide the Leadership Team, which meets today.

Thursday, January 31: As the first month of the spring semester ends, we ask God's guidance and wisdom on all our Junior Members who are working hard in their courses, and for a sense of balance as they deal with families and jobs as well.