In January 2018, Lilly Endowment, Inc., awarded the Collegeville Institute a five-year, $2.6 million grant to coordinate the “Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative.” This coordination initiative is helping religious organizations work with congregations in launching ministries that help Christians discover and claim how God is calling them to lead lives of meaning and purpose.
The aim of the coordination initiative is twofold:
- to deepen and enrich the lives of Christians by equipping them to discern and live out their callings,
- and to enhance the vitality of congregations by developing new ministry models for inspiring and supporting the Christian callings of their members.
The Endowment funded the following 13 innovation hubs from around the country to participate in the coordination initiative:
- American Baptist College
- Baylor University
- Boston University School of Theology
- Collegeville Institute
- Fuller Theological Seminary
- Hope College
- Louisville Seminary
- Regent College
- Samford University Center for Congregational Resources
- Samuel De Proctor Conference
- Vibrant Faith
- Virginia Theological Seminary
- Whitworth University
Staff from each hub will meet annually in Indianapolis. They will also have the opportunity to join research seminars on a particular aspect of vocation, congregational learning, or innovation design theory. The coordination grant will extend the Collegeville Institute Seminars’ research on vocation by inviting hub leaders to develop seminars on specific topics related to vocation in the Christian life.
Program Director, Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Coordination
Kathleen Cahalan, Professor of Practical Theology at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, serves as the director of the coordination grant.
Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson
Associate Director, Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Coordination
Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson, Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Seminary of the Southwest and member of the Seminar on Vocation Across the Lifespan, serves as Associate Director.