Dear Friends of the Collegeville Institute,
What am I to do with my life? It’s an urgent question Christians ask themselves in light of their religious beliefs; but Hindus ask the same question, as do Jews, Buddhists, Taoists, and Muslims. Those who don’t count themselves as religious ask it as well within secular frameworks of understanding.
But, in fact, what resources do various religious and secular traditions offer to those facing vocational discernment? That’s the research question an interreligious and secular group of scholars hosted by the Collegeville Institute asked themselves. Their individual and collaborative work bore fruit in 2016 with the book Calling in Today’s World: Eight Faith Perspectives (William B. Eerdmans).
The authors themselves say that they hope their book “will enable better understanding of major world religions on this important topic, as well as a better grasp of one’s own religious tradition. The goal is not to find a common denominator, or one understanding of calling, to which all religious diversity can be reduced. Instead it is to set forth a nuanced view of the religious and moral issues surrounding the concept of calling … in a way that respects the particularity and integrity of that tradition.”
Calling in Today’s World exemplifies work carried out at the Collegeville Institute. During periodic meetings at the Collegeville Institute a group of exceptional scholars representing a variety of religious and non-religious traditions work collaboratively, and in the process, deepen their relations with one another. “Working together with colleagues in a setting that combined the rigors of scholarship with rich and gracious hospitality was a unique experience for me. Colleagues became friends,” remarked one scholar who contributed to Calling in Today’s World.
- Remarkable conversation partners
- Important collaborative work reaching across faith traditions
- A setting of rich hospitality that fosters personal relations
These are all distinguishing features of the Collegeville Institute’s diverse programs. With your support, we can continue this unique and important work, which is increasingly important in our polarized world. Please support our mission by making a financial donation to the Collegeville Institute.