The American writer, theologian, and minister Frederick Buechner has said that the story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all. When we share our stories, those who listen to us hear what sounds something like their own lives. The variety of human experience somehow seems familiar.
This sense of connection across a diversity of lived experience was recently brought to life in a specific way by several-dozen women who contributed to the 2013 Point Loma Press book Results May Vary: Christian Women Reflect on Post-College Life, edited by Linda Beail and Sylvia Cortez Masyuk. The volume includes chapters in which the authors reflect on a wide range of topics such as relationships, health, body, money, vocation, marriage, motherhood, and faith. At a residential liberal arts college students explore these issues in the safety of a shared community experience. But what happens after graduation? The authors offer not the answers but some answers, acknowledging as the title makes clear that each woman’s life unfolds in unique ways.
At PLNU, the release of the book was complemented by a panel discussion with some of the authors. The event was hosted by professor of political science and director of the Center for Women’s Studies Dr. Linda Beail and moderated by professor of journalism Dr. Dean Nelson. Provost and chief academic officer Dr. Kerry Fulcher supported the event with an introduction to the evening. Participants included adjunct professor of communications and assistant director of forensics Melissa Gentzkow Lazaro, vice president of spiritual development Dr. Mary Rearick Paul, associate professor of political science and director of the Institute of Politics and Public Service Dr. Lindsey Lupo, and associate professor of philosophy Heather Ross.
These topics are taken up annually when PLNU faculty and staff gather with graduating undergraduate women at the Senior Women’s Retreat.