My name is Carolyn Weber. I am a believer, wife, mother, author and professor. Late last century, I made a ginormous leap of faith, which is now detailed in my book, Surprised by Oxford. I enjoyed my dream job for 15 years — teaching literature to undergraduates. But last summer, I made another significant Leap with Faith.
This is my blog, a new medium I am still adjusting to. Most of what I write here falls under “Reading, Writing and Living the Eternal Word.” Representative subtopics may include spirituality, Biblical reflection, Christian conversion, poetry, Christianity in literature, faith in academia, theology, family and cultural engagement. To receive my newest posts, you can sign up for your preferred method of delivery on my subscribe page.
My husband Kent and I have the blessing of raising four young children, which we are really enjoying. We are tag-team parents — i.e. at least one of us is always in the ring! Our daughter, twin boys and newborn son keep us in constant motion and sleep deprived, but very happy and entertained.
Personally, I enjoy all forms of dance, long runs by any form of water, strong coffee in the morning, the company of good friends, and reading well into the night (usually sitting next to my husband, who is doing the same), when the world is quiet and still.
I have a particular heart for the student (at least those with their purest qualities, if not their actual stage in life): the curious, the doubter, the skeptic, the restless, the wounded, the idealist in search of truth and beauty. One of the reasons must surely be that it was at university where I experienced my own spiritual transformation, pursued by the Author of Life and “loved into understanding.”
What I believe in can be roughly summarized by ancient creeds like the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed. During my believing life I have had the privilege of being a member or regular attender at great churches like St Ebbes Evangelical Anglican (Oxford), Capitol Hill Baptist (Washington DC), City Church (PCA, San Francisco), University Presbyterian (PCUSA, Seattle) and Montecito Covenant Church (Santa Barbara, CA) and Village Green Community Church (London, Ontario).
PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY (in the proverbial 3rd person : )
Carolyn Weber graduated summa cum laude from Huron College, University of Western Ontario, Canada. She was awarded the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship to study at Oxford University in England, where she completed her M.Phil and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Romantic Literature. Also at Oxford, she taught undergraduates and became the first female Dean of St. Peter’s College. Most recently, Dr Weber has been Associate Professor of Romantic Literature at Seattle University. She has also taught as an Assistant professor at the University of San Francisco, and as a visiting professor at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA.
Her primary academic research interests have included the following: theories of the soul and the relationship among art, religion and literature in 19th c. Britain and Europe; Orientalism; the Gothic; conversion and confessional narratives; spiritual autobiography; academia and parenting.
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