Programs that engage college students with questions of meaning and vocation help form them into resolute and resilient citizen-leaders, says the author of “The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students About Vocation.”
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Neaners, his daughter Adelita, Chris Hoke and Hoke's wife, Rachel, celebrating Neaners' release from prison at a backyard barbecue. Hoke was mentored by Bob Ekblad, and then served as a mentor to Neaners. Neaners, in turn, plans to help others by founding a new ministry.
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The highway has its lessons, especially for pastors just starting out, writes a young Lutheran pastor. Drawing from her cross-country move, she offers five road-trip lessons for new pastors.
Participants in the Johnson Service Corps, an Episcopal Service Corps program in North Carolina, working on a Habitat for Humanity building site. From left to right: Mentor Joe Coates, Jim Douglas, Daniel Kamakura, Adwoa Asare, Christina Massee, Amanda Drury, Emily Pierce Douglas and Holly Mueller.
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At a time when millennials are abandoning religion and service programs, the Episcopal Service Corps is growing, in part because of a lean structure and partner-based funding model.
'Vocation' suggests freedom, meaning and joy; 'work,' a paycheck. A young Christian writer wonders how to have both, and finds in the notion of 'livelihood' a possible answer.
Seminary students gather on graduation day, eager to begin their professional ministries.
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The demands of professional life can estrange us from our sense of calling. Authentic conversations between new and long-tenured professionals can help, writes the managing director of Alban at Duke Divinity School.
Max Nussenbaum and three other participants in Venture for America in Detroit started Rebirth Realty after buying this abandoned house at a tax auction and rehabbing it to live in themselves.
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Venture for America trains and mentors college graduates in entrepreneurship, which gives them business experience and helps revitalize American cities. Could this serve as a model for the church to encourage creative innovation among young Christians?
For overstressed, overworked Christians trying to save the world, watching TV and other squandered moments are not a sign of laziness or complacency but a fitting response to the call to Sabbath.
Ask yourself: What do you feel called to do? What are your gifts? What does your institution need?