Norman Wirzba on Agrarian Ways of Being

The fourth season of NetVUE’s podcast Callings is underway as hosts Erin VanLaningham and John Barton talk with Norman Wirzba, Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology at Duke Divinity School and senior fellow at The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

The fourth season of NetVUE’s podcast Callings is underway as hosts Erin VanLaningham and John Barton talk with Norman Wirzba, Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology at Duke Divinity School and senior fellow at The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. Norman also serves as general editor for the book series Culture of the Land: A Series in the New Agrarianism (University Press of Kentucky) and is co-founder and executive committee member of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology. In this first episode of the new season of Callings, he shares his ideas about agrarian living, freedom and fidelity, and the importance of the ecological dimension of vocation.

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Vocation in a Global Frame: Four Considerations

Our students will likely live and work in a world even more interconnected and interdependent than we do now. The complex issues that face us spill across national borders, oceans and continents, involve communities with varying histories, cultures, beliefs, languages, political structures and forms of creative expression. These complex global issues and this interconnectedness shape the work-world our students enter. Students seek to discern vocation, not just once, but again and yet again, within this context.

How does globalization impact vocation?

We deepen and enrich our students’ understanding of vocational discernment, and we better understand it ourselves, when we situate the practice of reflection, anticipation and choice of life path within this global frame, when we consider how best to mentor students who are not privileged in their citizenship, circumstances and freedom or range of choice

Here are four components of the intersection of vocational discernment and globalization that seem pressing to me. These are not the only components, and readers are likely to identify additional significant, complex global issues affecting the work world our students enter. We live in a dynamic, constantly changing, highly interdependent world: by calling out these four major intersections of vocational discernment and globalization my hope is to initiate an open-ended conversation, to encourage reflection and dialogue. Continue reading “Vocation in a Global Frame: Four Considerations”

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