THE PROJECT ON
THEOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF VOCATION sponsors a wide-ranging set of programs
designed to help students deepen their sense of vocation as they prepare for
their future work and formulate their life commitments. Addressing every stage
of the university career and every field of study, the Project encourages
students to consider how their lives and work may be informed by their deepest
beliefs and conducted in service to others.
It also encourages faculty and staff to develop theological perspectives
on vocation in their teaching and in their own lives.
This Project belongs to a nationwide initiative of the
Lilly Endowment, which has challenged church-related colleges and universities
across the United States to encourage students to reflect on how a theological
understanding of vocation can inform their life choices. Valparaiso University
developed a plan and was awarded a grant of $1,965,150 to support Project activities during
2001-2002 and the three subsequent years.
“Vocation” is a rich
concept within the Christian tradition, and especially within
Lutheranism. One aspect of
the Project emphasizes “church vocations” – the recruitment and
preparation of students who anticipate careers of full-time church
service. However, since
“vocation” also refers to other worthy paths of life and service, the
Project also emphasizes vocational reflection that reaches beyond the
church, exploring other fields of endeavor and drawing on a range of
theological and other perspectives.
By considering the complex meaning of vocation – in classrooms, on
retreats, through civic engagement, and elsewhere – members of the
Valparaiso University community may reflect more deeply on our life and
work, today and as we move into the future.
For more information,
please browse our website or contact the Project Director,
Dr. Arlin Meyer at Arlin.Meyer@valpo.edu
or (219) 464-5770
or one of our assistant directors,
Dr. Steve Driver at Steve.Driver@valpo.edu
or (219) 464-5470
Dr. James Old at James.Old@valpo.edu