The Graduate Christian Fellowship invites you to:
An evening of eating, story-telling, listening, discussing, reflecting and praying
with David Photiadis
M.A. student in Geography
Researching and working in the areas of organizational change and environmental sustainability
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Chaplain’s office, Wycliffe College (basement)
6:00 – Dinner
7:00 (or so) – Something After Dinner – discussion, etc.
Continuing with our March line-up of remarkable guests, we’ll be joined this Thursday by MA candidate David Photiadis. David happens to be in the Department of Geography because that’s as good a place as any to do environmental research, and that’s where his supervisor is based. Just as frequently over the past few years, however, you might have found him in UofT’s Sustainability Office (where he continues to work), consulting at Toronto Hydro, or on one of the various other projects he’s been juggling. For David, the driving passion is to see change happen around issues of environmental sustainability, and his studies, research, consulting, and other projects are all means to that end.
As David expresses it:
“My research focus has explored organizational change toward sustainability. Beginning with my undergrad at U of T, I have pursued an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues – most notably global warming – that has spanned science, policy, business, social justice, and individual behaviour, values, and religious beliefs.”
For those of us who hope to see our studies and research find practical application, and have a fruitful impact on our world, Thursday’s discussion will explore not only how our faith is integral to our studies and research while we’re in the academy, but also how we maintain that same kind of integrity, and keep our larger goals in view, once we’re “out in the world.” Organizational structures, government policies, individual or collective thought patterns, and culturally-shaped personal habits can all be equally intractable, and it’s easy to lose sight of our calling to be “salt and light.” Navigating these challenges has been a central feature of David’s study and work, so as he finishes his degree and launches into some form of environmental consulting, I’ve invited him to reflect on, and then share with us, what he has learned along the way so far, and how that might shape the way forward.
In our ongoing, shared aspiration to weave our personal story, faith journey, work, study, research, and career/vocation into some sort of faithful whole, evenings like this Thursday are a gift, and the stories of friends like David provide opportunities to explore and enrich our own understandings. I hope you will join us.