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Eric Carlsson and Rebecca Cooks
The Upper House Fellows Program offers undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison a unique community for intellectual and spiritual formation—a place to grow in theological understanding, connect Christian faith to academic study and a sense of vocation, and prepare for lives of leadership and service.
The Called to Flourish track is limited to 12 students. In this track we will explore the question of vocation. What does it mean to be created in the image of God and called to be God’s coworkers? What does the call to follow Jesus mean for our work and studies? How do our talents, passions, education, and opportunities give shape to our life direction? And how does all this fit into God’s plan to redeem and renew the world? We will draw on scripture, writings from a range of authors, and occasional guest speakers to delve into these questions together.
2 Monday evenings/month (6:00-8:00 PM) — includes dinner (provided by Upper House) and conversation
1 hour (approximately) of reading/week
1 all day retreat in Fall (Saturday, September 18)
1 day retreat in Spring (date tba)
June 1, 2021
About Eric Carlsson
Eric directs the Upper House Fellows Program. He has spent much of his life, both as a student and a teacher, in the public university setting and has long experience mentoring students. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from UW-Madison, where he also serves as Lecturer in History and Religious Studies.
About Rebecca Cooks
Rebecca directs the Upper House Intern Program and manages hospitality for Upper House events. She graduated from UW-Madison as a Chancellor’s Scholar with a B.A. in International Studies-Global Security and French and has practical ministry experience in church and campus settings. She brings many gifts to the Fellows Program, including good food, witty comments, and deep conversation.