A few years ago I had the great opportunity to teach a theology and film course at Sioux Falls Seminary. It was my last semester of working there as an admissions counselor before we moved to North Dakota for me to pursue the MFA. Now that I am done with the MFA and have enrolled into a MA in History program here at UND, I may have the opportunity once again to teach at SFS. I approached Dr. Susan Reese at the seminary to see if she would be interested in co-teaching a course on vocation and film. So together we crafted a syllabus and submitted a proposal. I am glad to say that it was approved a few weeks ago. So, now begins the fun work of catch up reading and re-reading on the two conversations and how they will be brought together.
In that first class, one week of the semester we looked briefly at the idea of vocation and watched Billy Elliot and The Apostle. I suspect both will be making a return showing in the syllabus, but we are exploring a few others as well.
I've been excited about the idea of teaching lately...perhaps it is the "out of place" feeling I have being in a course in a new discipline. But perhaps there is something else going on too. Perhaps my heart is changing on the idea of further study and the desire to teach sooner rather than later...it certainly pays better than being a graduate student. There is an irony at play here it seems that this course on vocation seems to bringing about in the way of unsettling the ideas of my own vocation. To be continued...