We find ourselves in a time of rapid change, fear, and great uncertainty, and each passing week seems to bring a new set of circumstances. Whatever your campus role, you are no doubt engaged in a kind of triage in order to hold your campus community together and support students in finishing up this academic year.
Here is a short list of pieces from Vocation Matters that directly or indirectly address themes relevant to this time of crisis:
- Work and Sabbath at the dawn of Covid-19 (March 2020)
- Character and calling in a time of crisis (March 2020)
- Finding vocation in suffering, loss, and death (March 2020)
- Letting go and embracing: vocation and the practice of fasting (March 2020)
- Daunting freedom, paralyzing fears (February 2020)
- Caring for the care-givers (November 2019)
- Comedy or tragedy: some Shakespearean wisdom for vocation (September 2019)
- Vocation and the apocalypse (August 2019)
- Care for the whole person (June 2019)
- When hope and history rhyme: some thoughts on imagination and vocation (May 2019)
- For such a time as this: with apologies to Esther (March 2019)
- Optimism vs. hope (February 2019)
- Vocation in a time of crisis: reflections from Pepperdine (November 2018)
- The massacre generation (November 2018)
- The cartography of vocation (October 2018)
- May their memory be a blessing (September 2018)
- The tragedy of the road not taken (March 2018)
- Suffering and vocation: a matter of perspective (November 2013)
As short, publicly accessible writings, please share these pieces with your colleagues and friends. You might consider using them as the starting point for a discussion among students, faculty and staff, or other members of your campus community.
If you find a particular post insightful or thought-provoking, please use the comments section to let the author know, and to encourage a wider conversation about how these thoughts have a new resonance.
Last updated on April 2, 2020.