Vocation and the Common Good is a multi-year research project describing the possibilities for Christian faithfulness within nine spheres of modern work. The Vocation and the Common Good Podcast is one way of distributing the findings of the project. Through conversation with selected members of the project, we intend to highlight the role institutions, friends, family, and colleagues have played in sustaining people within their ongoing attempts to be faithful to the call of God upon their lives.

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Today’s conversation between Mike Cosper and Philip Lorish is our final episode of the series. In it, they reflect on the series as a whole and the project that inspired it. They explore the obstacles Christians face when living out our faith in public. The call to love our neighbors, in other words, is made all the more difficult when we’re only vaguely familiar with the concepts we use to construct our moral lives and our worshipping communities prove ill-equipped to form us well.

And yet, God is faithful to the church, giving us fellow travelers who are also exemplars, or “master improvisers” as we call them, so well-versed in the language of love that they are capable of creating harmony, rather than dissonance, when living and working amongst believers and non-believers alike. Called to “improvisations of love,” this is what faithful presence finally amounts to – a life lived before God and others that sees both the pain of the world and the possibilities of redemption.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this series and will pass it along to others. Our thanks go first and foremost to the wonderful participants of Vocation and the Common Good who agreed to these interviews. We’re also grateful to the Narrativo Group – Mike Cosper, T.J. Hester, and Scott Slucher – for their tireless work on this project. And many thanks to Isaac Wardell and the artists of the Porter’s Gate Worship Project for the music heard throughout the series.