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Note: This is an older document and is in the process of being revised.


Sophomore Retreat-Seminars led by pairs of faculty members will last four days and take place twice yearly, once immediately prior to the fall term in August, and once during Spring Break in March. Each retreat-seminar will enroll no more than 20 students, and will consist of lectures and discussion groups on sharply defined academic topics with strong implications for vocation. Topics chosen will be varied enough to attract a range of faculty to teach them and a range of students to attend them. The central criterion for any course will be that it raises issues of human and Christian responsibility in a way that challenges the prevailing assumptions of students. Topics may be quite wide-ranging, including such diverse issues as “Wealth and Poverty in Modern America,” “Resistance in Nazi Germany,” “Do Christians Need the Church?” and “Calling As More than Work.” All retreat-seminars will aim at cultivating deep questions about human and Christian vocation through a short but intense academic program, which includes the reading of texts prior to the retreat.

Each retreat-seminar will take place at a local retreat center, allowing students to interact more intensively with each other and the subject matter during the course of the program. Moreover, such a setting will permit recreational and spiritual activities that will also form integral parts of the program. In particular, worship services will be crafted to address issues raised in the vocation seminar.

Students will receive one hour of credit. Hope College will cover any additional tuition cost incurred if a student taking part in the Retreat-Seminar is registered for an overload. The Program Director will encourage a range of faculty to participate, and establish mechanisms by which applications and proposals are evaluated on the basis of their ability to stimulate students intellectually, morally, and spiritually.

In 2004-05 (as well as in 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08) $10,000 will be available as 4 grants of $2,500 each for individuals designing and leading seminars. This will fund two retreats per year, each retreat led by a team of two faculty members.


In the summers of 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 the Lilly Program will sponsor one-week Faculty Summer Seminars, led by one Hope College faculty member and one outside academician who has thought deeply about vocation and profession and who will coordinate training materials that address the relationship between them. Up to ten faculty members will participate in each seminar. Sample topics include: The antagonism between current understandings of professional life and understandings of vocation; aspects of the work culture at Hope College that are inimical to the living out of vocations; women, vocation and professional life; the professor’s vocation at mid-career; Max Weber vs. Parker Palmer; academic calling at a church-related liberal arts college; and the virtues of an academic vocation. Each seminar will aim at including faculty at all levels of seniority. The materials developed for these seminars will be made available to non-attending faculty and those from other institutions, as requested.

Staff members are invited to participate in these seminars. Furthermore, some seminars may take up as subject matter how deeper understandings of vocation affect the intersection of staff and faculty in the life of the college.

In 2005 (as well as in 2006, 2007, and 2008), a stipend of $2,500 will be available for the faculty member who organizes the Summer Seminar; stipends of $1,000 will be available for each of ten faculty participants in each year’s seminar.


Faculty and staff will receive funding for proposals whose central focus pertains to the issue of vocation. They may shape proposals that promise to accomplish any of the following: promote their own research, facilitate their further education; or impact students in a given course or a significant number of students outside the classroom.

Examples of such projects, some of which have been proposed by individual faculty during the planning grant phase, include: developing an annotated bibliography of useful resources—such as articles, books, and films—that are particularly effective in addressing themes central to the topic of vocation; developing a program in living out one’s vocation through library science, engineering, mathematics, or other fields; developing a forum for addressing topics central to maintaining vitality in one’s sense of vocation, such as how to respond when multiple callings compete for one’s energy and time; and developing internships for students in music, dance, theatre, and/or the fine arts who need mentoring to pursue vocations in service to the church.

In 2004-05 (as well as in 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08) $20,000 will be available.

The Program Director will convene a committee to review all applications, judging proposals on their originality, viability, and likelihood of deepening collective understandings of vocation. The size of individual grants will vary; ordinarily, the maximum amount will be $6,000.

Faculty members not associated with the Pre-Professional Pilot Programs are particularly encouraged to apply for these grants, as are all Hope College staff.

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