The Carver Project
works at the intersection of
university, church, and society.
We host a regular dinner and discussion group for 20-25 Washington University faculty from law, business, engineering, English, art, anthropology, physics, geochemistry, genomics, pediatrics, surgery, cardiology, religion, history, and linguistics. These faculty relationships lead to:
friendship and community (annual retreat and informal social gatherings)
co-teaching opportunities (3 current Washington University courses taught by pairs of our faculty fellows)
ministry partnerships (faculty-led reading groups in various disciplines)
Our faculty lead reading groups for students in their spheres of influence. We currently have reading groups for students in law, medicine, art, and the humanities.
On a national level, we desire to equip and empower current and future faculty. Last year, we convened a diverse group of 25 Christian law faculty from the leading law schools in the country to discuss community, accountability, and formation. Separately, we are working with other Christian faculty and national organizations to identify, cultivate, and mentor future Christian faculty.
We partner with local and national organizations to bring leading scholars and public intellectuals to Washington University and the St. Loius community for talks on educational pluralism, religious freedom, medical education, faith and politics, and a host of other topics. Our goal with these partnerships is to enrich the discourse in the university and the surrounding area, while at the same time building bridges between those communities.
Our faculty fellows are active in the local church, with many serving as elders, Sunday school leaders, and other lay leaders. We work regularly and organically with local church pastors. Two pastors serve on our governing board, and a third is the volunteer director of our community partnerships. We have three local churches supporting us financially and programmatically, and we hope to expand that number in the coming years. We help students find local churches when they arrive on campus, and we hear regularly from area pastors that our students are seeking ways to serve the church and invest in their community.
Our annual Carver Conversation draws hundreds of attendees from a diverse range of local churches, and we are committed to offering it free of charge. You can see the videos of our first two conversations: Tim Keller, Lecrae, and John Inazu (moderated by Kirsten Powers) in 2018; and Sara Groves, Sho Baraka, and Mako Fujimura (moderated by John Hendrix) in 2019. We host other community events, like a recent screening of the documentary Emmanuel, followed by a panel discussion that drew over 300 attendees.
Our mentoring program connects Christian law students with practitioners in the area. We currently have 20 mentoring pairs that meet regularly during the year and come together as a group for celebrations. We hope to expand the mentoring program to medicine, business, and other disciplines, to strengthen the connections between university, church, and society.