Opus: The Art of Work

In his strategic priority to promote liberal arts excellence, President Ryken has charged the college to "clearly and persuasively articulate...the value of the liberal arts as vocational preparation," that is, preparation for "the multiple callings of a Christian life that take the lead in serving God and others." Opus helps Wheaton faculty and staff give our students (1) a strong theological framework for understanding vocation, (2) a faith-informed process for vocational discernment, and (3) a vision for Christian integrity, servant leadership, and human flourishing wherever they work - from marketplace enterprises to non-profits to the family.

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While today, “opus” usually describes a substantial piece of music composed by a master, the word comes from the Latin term for “work.” It can also be used to describe works of literature, theater and other arts. “Magnum opus” refers to the most important achievement of an artist’s or scholar’s career. These ideas suggest a way of approaching daily work, whatever it happens to be, as an opportunity to put faith into practice, pointing to the fact that we are stewards of God’s flourishing creation – thus, the art of work.

Opus: The Art of Work

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