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Profs Write of Connections Between Faith & Arts

Essays by University of Mobile’s Dr. Stephen Schuler, associate professor of English, and Dr. Bethany Bear, assistant professor of English, are featured on the award-winning Christian blog “Transpositions.”

The essays are featured in the Domestic Arts Symposium on the site associated with the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The blog’s goal is to create a connection between Christian theology and the arts through many modern leaders, thinkers, writers, and artists.

Transpositions was voted runner-up Best Christian Blog in the Christian New Media Awards in 2011.

Schuler and Bear are professors in the University of Mobile College of Arts and Sciences in Mobile, AL.

Schuler’s article, “Reclaim, Restore, Redeem,” on Transpositions is about his love of restoring old tools and using wood to build new things. He began building when his store-bought bookshelf almost collapsed on his growing pile of books. Schuler and his wife bought some wood and various tools to build a bookshelf of their own that would be sturdier than the previous one.

Schuler shares his love of restoring old tools with his children. They help him in his workshop and love working with the tools.

“An old tool may appear hopeless when grime covers every visible surface and all moving parts are seized with rust, but with enough time and care, many tools can be brought back to life. Each old tool, each discarded log, is an opportunity to redeem a little piece of creation,” Schuler said in his essay on Transpositions.

Shuler’s essay can be found at

Bear’s article, “To Feel Even As I Once Knew,” on Transpositions is about how she is a spinner, weaver, and seamstress like the women she has read about in literature.
She began to craft as a teenager, not truly knowing why other than she wanted to be useful.

Bear crafted her way through graduate school, helping her get through the stress and workload.

When she read about these women that crafted, it connected her faith and profession.

“Perhaps most importantly, I work wool, flax, or cotton with willing hands because I hope these ordinary, ancient practices, like prayer itself, will draw my heart toward Christ, who is the comfort of all good grandmothers, the bridegroom of the noble wife, the master of Lady Philosophy, and the source of true wisdom,” Bear said in her essay on Transpositions.

Bear’s essay can be found at

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By Kayla Dutruch, media relations intern

Dr. Stephen Schuler creating in his woodworking shop at home.
Photo by Dr. Doug Mitchell, UMobile associate professor of English

Photo by Amy Wright, integrated MBA program


Bethany Bear at her spinning wheel
Photo above and below by Stephanie Harris Trevor

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