“What’s your major? And what exactly do you want to do with that?” Those are two of the most common, and perhaps also the most daunting, questions asked on our campus. Our campus culture assigns honor to those people who pursue impressive work – that can be due to the prestige of the firm they accept a job at or graduate school they attend, or due to the sacrifice of working for a non-profit or other cause. As a result, our work and career goals become one of the most critical ways we identify ourselves. After all, our university exists to equip people to eventually move on to other work or study.
In the business of preparing to move on, it is often easy to overlook the deeper questions about the nature of work itself. In this issue, we sought to move towards those questions and consider work in a broader sense than simply the vocation we pursue. We want to consider why we work, what the effects are, what it means to rest, what meaning in work looks like, and many other questions.
As Christians, we believe that this world is flawed, and that includes the work that we do. Nonetheless, we also believe that the work we do can help redeem this world and help bring it closer to what it is meant to be. While we could never claim to offer complete answers, in this issue we submit to you our best efforts and invite you to join us in engaging thoughtful consideration of the concept of work.