Many congregations celebrate Labor Day with a special blessing for workers or those searching for employment. In our work on vocation and professions, we have found several prayers, hymns, and blessings that lift up the holiness of ordinary, everyday work.
What practices support a sense of vocation? What are the communal Christian traditions—actions, attitudes or habits—that can shape our callings? Listen to Sherice’s story for a unique perspective on a spiritual practice that supports her sense of call.
The Fourth of July arrives this week with quintessential images of running barefoot through the grass, waving sparklers through backyard barbecues. Indeed summer seems to be a season of youthfulness, reflected in the freshness of nature’s full bloom and the freedom of school vacation. It's a fitting time to reflect on the vocation of youth and how we are called by God from the earliest days of childhood and adolescence.
The calling to fatherhood is an underexplored area of the theology of vocation. While feminist theologians have explored the vocation of the mother in light of shifting societal trends and the resulting renegotiation of women’s identities, less has been said about men’s calling to be parents.