What is The Carver Project?
The Carver Project is Christian nonprofit that I started with some friends last year. We are a community of scholars, students, and friends at Washington University in St. Louis that exists to equip faculty at the intersection of Christian faith and academic calling, provide expertise to culturally engaged pastors and ministry leaders, and cultivate the next generation of leaders in the university and beyond. We are an independent, board-governed 501(c)(3) organization.
What do you do?
Our interdisciplinary faculty fellowship consisting of roughly twenty faculty includes regular dinners and discussions hosted in faculty homes on topics related to the nature of the university, work/life balance, and academic vocation. We also meet with faculty individually and collectively in other settings, including an annual retreat.
Our faculty regularly advise out of their subject matter expertise through individual meetings, talks to church groups, and community forums. We have spoken at dozens of churches and ministries in the St. Louis region on topics including race, art, memory, pluralism, scripture, creativity, and religious freedom. We also plan to launch a faculty seminar series that will provide ongoing content to local and national pastors and ministry leaders.
Our mentoring program matches interested Washington University students with mentors in the St. Louis community. By focusing on calling and not just career, our mentors help students integrate heart, mind, soul, and strength. We currently pair lawyers with law students, with plans to extend to other sectors in the future. Separate from our mentoring program, we offer reading groups that bring faculty and students together, often in faculty homes or other informal venues, and always with food.
We also have a few public events, including a recent dialogue with Tim Keller, Lecrae, and me, moderated by Kirsten Powers.
What do you hope to do?
We would like to expand our current programs, offer some summer programming for students and faculty, and eventually start a fellows program.
We love this! How can we support your work?
The single most helpful thing you can do is to make a financial contribution. We are an independently governed, separate entity from Washington University, and we need support from people like you to sustain our work. Your gift of any size meets a number of immediate needs: (1) it supports the costs of administrative staff that frees our faculty and ministry partners to invest more directly in students and other public-facing work; (2) it signals to other prospective partners that we are building a broad base of supporters who believe in our mission.