gosh, a mission statement?

by Anna Blanch on July 9, 2010

Is it just me or is the idea of a mission statement enough to give you a case of 90s corporatitis?

I’ve been slowly working my way through 31 days to building a better blog and this is one of the tasks.

It’s funny, because as much as it makes me squirm and feel happy I’ve shed my pant suit, I do feel that I have a mission and that I can detail a mission for Goannatree. These two missions are not exactly the same, and nor should they be.

Goannatree is a place to think about and explore the relationships between literature and popular culture, theology, the Bible, and faith and how these points of intersection and collision impact the interpretation of both artistic works and scripture.

But I realise my mission and how I play out that mission is not the same thing. I describe the background and scope of the blog in this way –

Background and scope
Founded by Anna M Blanch in 2007, Goannatree has become a place for her to explore relationships between literature, the arts, popular culture, theology, the Bible, religious experience, aesthetic experience, and faith. Goannatree specifically explores how these points of intersection and collision affect the interpretation of artistic works and scripture. Anna also shares her own journey through graduate school, getting her PhD, teaching in a university context, and her life as an expatriate Australian who has lived on three continents in three years.

So why write here at Goannatree?
Right now, I write to hone my skills, to train, in order that I may communicate what I have learned to others in an effective way. Feedback certainly helps me in this development but “approval” or “affirmation” isn’t the point.

I see my scholarship and my life as a teacher and scholar as a calling, and one which I pursue as more than just a job. there is a time and a place for all things, and at this point in my journey I am in an Academic setting, this may not always be the case – but for right now I work bloom where i am planted. My high calling is the same as any other Christian, to glorify God with my heart, soul, and mind. I seek the Truth. 

Image: Anna M Blanch

Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She posts weekly over at Transpositions, a blog on Theology, Imagination, and the Arts.

  • http://www.sonrays.org Larry

    You have my encouragement and support… I pray that you let God lead you in all your endeavors and that you continue to grow in His spirit for His glory.


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