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Thank you for a great AU 2018! - Acton University 2019: June 18 - 21

Take This Job and Shove It: Theological Reflections on Vocation, Calling, and Work

Session 5
Introductory Course

A once noble concept – the notion of vocatio or “calling” – has fallen on hard times. Where it has not fallen into obscurity due to mind-numbing secularism, it has been tragically ignored – or distorted – by the church, understood to be reserved for church-related work, priesthood or pastoring, or “full-time Christian service.” This defective understanding of “vocation,” found among Catholics and Protestants alike, perpetuates an insidious “sacred-versus-secular” dichotomy, thereby undermining the dignity and high calling of work performed in the marketplace, to which the overwhelming majority of Christians in fact are called. This session will argue that our lives are meaningful – or meaningless – to the extent that as individuals created in the image of God we are aware of (a) our vocation/calling and (b) the dignity of being called to work in the secular marketplace.

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