On Saturday, January 28, the Center for Faith & Work will host a special premiere event, An Evening with Christian Wiman, where this world-renowned poet, writer, and thinker will discuss and read from his newest work for the first time. Commissioned under CFW’s inaugural artist fellowship, Wiman’s latest work explores the weight of “Calling” in our daily lives, revealing how our desires and longings give voice to an ineffably personal God.
CFW is also hosting a hands-on workshop led by Christian Wiman on Poetry & Faith designed for people working in all fields.
Christian Wiman is the author, editor, or translator of ten books, including Hammer is the Prayer: Selected Poems (FSG, 2016), My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (FSG, 2013), and Stolen Air: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam (HarperCollins/Ecco, 2012).
Mr. Wiman has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and numerous other publications. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from North Central College. His particular interests include modern poetry, the language of faith, “accidental” theology (that is, theology conducted by unexpected means), and what it means to be a Christian intellectual in a secular culture.
Poetry & Faith Workshop with Christian Wiman
Saturday, January 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.
How does the soul expand? It starts with an awareness of God’s spirit communicated to us through people, through beauty, through words. In short, experiencing the poetry of God’s glory in creation. In this hands-on workshop designed for people working in all fields, world-renowned poet Christian Wiman will guide us through practical ways that listening, reading, and writing can reawaken our faith. Together, we’ll explore how language actually determines what we in fact feel and believe, discover how we can use poems to pray, and develop a new lens by which we can see the authorship of our souls.
An Evening With Christian Wiman
Saturday, January 28 at 8:00 p.m.
“What is it we want when we can’t stop wanting? I say God.” Such core revelations are what comprise the latest work of world-renowned poet Christian Wiman. The intermingling of calling and desire, the inhering of the self in our work, the catalyzing hunger of longing — these tensions form the high-wire of meditation that Wiman treads. Hear this critically acclaimed poet investigate the ineffable essence of God’s calling in our daily lives in his brand-new work, presented for the very first time, commissioned under CFW’s inaugural Artist Fellowship.