Summit Kickoff: Rise Up to Your Calling

with Mary Poplin of Claremont Graduate University

Friday, Oct 23 @ 8:00pm EST

In this inspirational summit kick-off, Dr. Poplin will share her incredible journey from pagan spirituality to Christ, including a sabbatical with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and how God revealed her true calling in the field of education. Together, we'll examine our God-given calling as educators and discover how to gain strength by keeping our eyes on our mission.

The session will begin 8:00pm EST on Saturday, October 23. Please click this button to join us at that time:

Join us afterward for the Idea Swap, where you can talk directly with fellow educators, asking questions and sharing solutions on the topics of your choice.

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About Mary Poplin

Mary Poplin is a professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She has been both the Dean and Director of Graduate Teacher Education at various times. In K-12 education she studies highly effective teachers in low-performing urban schools.

In 1993, after having been a feminist, multiculturalist and Marxist, Mary became a follower of Christ. In 1996, she worked for two months with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta to understand why she said their work was “religious work and not social work.” 

From that experience she began to explore the academic and social repercussions of the various feminist and justice movements. In the arena of higher education, Poplin examines four major worldviews – material-naturalism, secular humanism, pantheism, and Judeo-Christianity – and explores their implications for human behavior and their evidence for their truth. She also argues that the secular university excludes any serious work on principles of Judeo-Christian thought in the various disciplines.

Her recent books include Finding Calcutta in 2008; Is Reality Secular in 2014; Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol, 2017; Highly Effective Teachers of Vulnerable Students, 2019.

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  • Louise says:

    I signed in but it says now & tomorrow? Where is the session for now?

  • Katy says:

    Thank you, Mary. I think I needed to be reminded to “do small things with great love.” I liked what you said about forgiveness too. And the Moral Line of not going left or right. You said a lot of great things! I will be reflecting and hopefully, that will guide my actions for 6th grade!

  • Gabriela Petrescu says:

    I really enjoyed listening to Dr. Mary Poplin talking with sincerity about her life experiences as a secular person finding her way back to Christ and as an educator with strong Christian beliefs in today’s society.

  • Louise says:

    oops. forgot it was Thursday!

  • Laureen Guenther says:

    Thanks, Mary Poplin, and Rise Up team for this great session! I was challenged and encouraged by Mary’s session. I especially enjoyed hearing how God worked in her life to bring her to Him, and what she learned from Mother Teresa. God bless you.

  • Jami Phillips says:

    Do small things with great love. I’ve heard that over and over, but I just have forgotten to apply to my roll in my classroom.