Updated on September 2, 2020.
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 finalizing plans for a new academic year.
Here is a short list of pieces from Vocation Matters that directly or indirectly address themes relevant to this time of crisis:
- Hope, history, and the redress of vocation (September 2020)
- Staying home with Jane Austen (August 2020)
- Discontinued: our fragile vocations (August 2020)
- Vocation virtually: calling this time of twin pandemics (August 2020)
- The power of proximity (August 2020)
- Back to basics: holistic mentoring in times of crisis (July 2020)
- Theological responses to the pandemic (July 2020)
- The hard realities of reduced “bandwidth” (June 2020)
- Clarity of mission (June 2020)
- Reaffirming our Vocational Authenticity with Courage and Humility (June 2020)
- Resiliency vs. Audacity (May 2020)
- The Pandemic Mirror (May 2020)
- The Economy and Ecology of Neighbor Love (May 2020)
- Pandemic reflections: the virtual body of Christ (May 2020)
- Grief as the garden of compassion (April 2020)
- Life in the Resurrection Zone: Vocation in the midst of pandemic (April 2020)
- Vocation in a time of Coronavirus: Reflections on C.S. Lewis’ “Learning in Wartime” (April 2020)
- Neighboring and Sheltering in Place (April 2020)
- Called to a Pedagogy of the Cross (April 2020)
- 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)
Relevant pieces written prior to 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)
- Optimism vs. hope (February 2019)
- Vocation in a time of crisis: reflections from Pepperdine (November 2018)
- The massacre generation (November 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 September 2, 2020.