A series of three talks at Hope College in March and April will address issues related to vocation, God's call in one's life.
The addresses will be given on Monday, March 6;
Thursday, March 9; and Monday, April 10. They are among
activities related to the college's participation in the
Lilly Endowment's Theological Exploration of Vocation grant
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The first address, "Vocation as Calling: the
Inner Voice and the Outer World," will be presented by Dr.
Dale Soden on Monday, March 6, at 4 p.m. in the DeWitt
Center Herrick Room.
The series' keynote address, "Vocation and the
Shape of the Christian Life," will be presented by Dr. Mark
Schwehn on Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. in the Maas Center
The final address, "The Practice of Dialogue: A
Crucial Dimension of the Vocation of Teaching," will be
presented by Dr. Mary Boys on Monday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in
the DeWitt Center Herrick Room.
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. 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
Schwehn is professor of humanities and dean of
Christ College, the honors college at Valparaiso University.
Among his many publications is the book "Exiles from Eden:
Religion and the Academic Vocation in America." He is a
graduate of Valparaiso and received his Ph.D. from Stanford
Boys is the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of
Practical Theology at Union Seminary. She is a graduate of
Fort Wright College, and 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. She has been a member of the Sisters
of the Holy Names for more than 30 years.
The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at
12th Street, and the Herrick Room is in the southwest corner
of the building's second floor. The Maas Center is located
on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.
The talks on March 6 and April 10 are co-sponsored
by the college's Senior Seminar Program.