This current moment of crisis challenges us to stop and re-consider our old assumptions and practices. By thinking in terms of holistic mentoring that emphasizes students’ larger sense of meaning and purpose, NetVUE institutions have already moved into a new paradigm. This is a good time to review what we already know to be true about vocation-centered mentoring, and to ask how we can continue to support students using online formats.
On June 17, 2020, the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) hosted a webinar on “Theological Responses to the Pandemic.” The goal of this event was to offer a range of theologically-grounded responses to the current public health crisis and to the deep social inequalities that it has laid bare. Four NetVUE scholars took … Continue reading Theological responses to the pandemic
What about students who don’t believe in God at all? Could the concept of “vocation” still be useful then? An excerpt from a talk delivered at a recent NetVUE regional gathering hosted by Huntingdon College.
Humanism’s approach of emphasizing relationship, strengths, and human potential make it a particularly useful framework for undergraduate mentoring relationships that foster vocational discernment.
What do we do when the word “vocation” itself is a problem? Vocation, NetVUE contends, is a powerful lens for undergraduate education. But what’s to be done when our students or our faculty/staff communities don’t much like the word? For some institutions, an older history with the V-word with a much different meaning proves unhelpful … Continue reading Vocation without the “V” word
At NetVUE’s Faculty Development Workshop on Teaching Vocational Exploration in June, Paul Wadell presented a paper entitled “Mentoring for Vocation – Befriending Those Entrusted to Us.” The paper was well-received because it spoke to mentorship as an essential part of vocation. The article is published in the Journal of Catholic Higher Education, yet is relevant to those who … Continue reading Mentoring for Vocation: A Form of Friendship
A Christian theology of vocation has to be illumined by Easter because Easter is much more than a feast that Christians nostalgically commemorate once a year; rather, Easter is a truth to live into, a truth to embrace in order to share.
In my last major post, I suggested that vocation can be understood as story — namely, as a type of story that we tell ourselves and others—a story that gives meaning to our lives and structures how we understand who we are and what we do. It makes sense of lives as we look backward and … Continue reading An historical digression on “what” and “how” in vocational discernment