posted February 25, 2000

Speakers to Discuss Vocation

Three speakers will be addressing issues related to vocation -- God's call on our lives - this semester. These addresses are among activities related to Hope College's participation in the Lilly Endowment's Theological Exploration of Vocation grant program. All members of the Hope community are encouraged to attend; all three events are open to the public.

Dr. Mark Schwehn will give the keynote address, "Vocation and the Shape of the Christian Life" on Thursday, March 9 at 4 p.m. in Maas Conference Room. Dr. Schwehn is a lively and insightful speaker whose address will be thought-provoking for everyone interested in the topic.

He is Professor of Humanities and Dean of Christ College, the honors college at Valparaiso University. Among his many publications is the widely respected book Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America. He is a graduate of Valparaiso and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

The two other events that are part of the Theological Exploration of Vocation project are co-sponsored by the Senior Seminar Program. While of special interest to faculty who teach courses that encourage students to consider how their faith informs their views of life, these talks will also be of interest to a wide audience.

On Monday, March 6 at 4 p.m. in the Herrick Room of De Witt, Dr. Dale Soden will speak on "Vocation as Calling: the Inner Voice and the Outer World." Dr. Soden is Associate Professor of History at Whitworth College and director of the Weyerhauser Center for Faith and Learning. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and received his Ph.D. from University of Washington. Dr. Soden's research on the history of the relationship between religion and public policy in the Pacific Northwest has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trust.

On Monday, April 10 at 4 p.m. in the Herrick Room of De Witt, Dr. Mary Boys will speak on "The Practice of Dialogue: A Crucial Dimension of the Vocation of Teaching." Dr. Boys is Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Seminary. She is a graduate of Fort Wright College; her Ed.D. was conferred jointly by Teachers College, Columbia University and Union Seminary. Her research interests include the intersection of biblical studies and pedagogy. Dr. Boys has been a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names for over 30 years.