Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2010

Neighbors: George Wiley

George Wiley

George Wiley

March 18, 2010

Name: George Wiley

Occupation: Professor of Religion at Baker University

Family: Married to Kay Bradt, daughter Joanna Wiley, stepchildren Duncan Macfarlane and Victoria Macfarlane

Place of birth: Jackson, Tenn.

Q. How long have you lived in Baldwin City and what brought you here?

A. I came in 1977 to join the faculty at Baker. The first nine years I taught religion and served as university chaplain. After that, I just taught religion.

Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

A. It didn’t feel like a risk, but coming to Baker was a big step – a completely new part of the country, first teaching job, and I knew little about Baker.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A. That people have abilities that you might miss if you don’t look carefully.

Q. What two things would you want people to know about you?

A. I’m happy that I found Baker and Baldwin. It’s been a good match. I’m still trying to figure out how to teach and what it means to be a Christian.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. I was interested in French until life took a detour on me, and I studied theology instead.

Q. What’s the best way for you to get away from it all?

A. Several years ago I learned how to do mindfulness meditation. It’s very helpful.

Q. What’s your ideal vacation spot?

A. My wife Kay’s family’s cabin in Colorado.

Favorite things

Song: Act I love duet from La Bohème

Movie: Wacky comedy is good, like “Raising Arizona.”

Color: None.

Food: Wheatfields’ cinnamon rolls – an experience.

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