Vocation through Experiential Learning:
Tying Vocational Reflection into Study Abroad, Service Learning and Civic Engagement
A NetVUE Regional Conference
March 9-10, 2012
California Lutheran University
California Lutheran University is pleased to host a NetVUE regional gathering on
March 9-10, 2012. Administrators and faculty members from NetVUE affiliated schools or non-member institutions that share an interest in vocation are cordially invited to attend this gathering.
This NetVUE regional gathering is designed to foster the theological exploration of vocation as it relates to experiential learning. The program will feature Mark Hanson, presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, who will speak on Vocation and Reflection.
Participants will attend sessions aimed at vocational discernment as it relates to Study Abroad, Service Learning, Civic Engagement, and other types of experiential learning.
On Saturday an opening plenary panel will respond to Bishop Hanson’s Friday evening talk and share comments about expressions of vocation from their diverse religious faith traditions.
In another plenary session, the speaker will then focus on making connections with vocational reflection and experiential learning.. Then participants will share best practices from their campuses in breakout sessions.
Participants will also engage in a service project to experience first-hand the incorporation of vocational reflection into various undergraduate experiences.
The goals of the regional gathering are to:
- Reflect on the theological exploration of vocation;
- Provide resources to improve efforts on our campuses to incorporate vocational reflection into experiential learning;
- Experience the impact of integrating vocational reflection into an actual service activity in the CLU garden;
- Provide collegial support to develop plans to take back to campus.
The intended NetVUE audience includes directors and staff of Study Abroad, Service Learning Centers, and Vocation Centers; faculty engaged in these efforts; and campus leaders committed to these forms of student engagement. We encourage NetVUE member institutions to send a team of 2-3 people.
About the Speaker
In August 2001, the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) elected Mark S. Hanson to serve as presiding bishop.
Before being elected presiding bishop, he served as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod (3H). He had been elected to serve a second term in Saint Paul earlier that same year. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York, and received a Master of Divinity degree there in 1972. He also attended Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in 1979.
From 2003 until 2010, he was president of the Lutheran World Federation, a position he held concurrently with his position as presiding bishop of the ELCA. Serving with this global communion of Lutheran churches, Bishop Hanson has traveled widely throughout the world, sharing a confident hope in God's promises and a vision of the joyful freedom in Christian community and mission.
Hanson is widely known as a leader with an evangelical passion and imagination who embraces the Christian tradition, the Christian community, and the world with both generous goodwill and thoughtful insight. He has been an articulate advocate for the renewal of the church's preaching and public voice, for the strengthening of ecumenical and inter-religious relationships, and for reconciliation and justice in society, with attention especially to those who live with poverty and discrimination.
He is the author of Faithful Yet Changing, the Church in Challenging Times and Faithful and Courageous, Christians in Unsettling Times both from Augsburg Fortress, Publishers.
Friday nights keynote is free and open to the public. This event takes place in Samuelson Chapel at 7:30 p.m.
The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) fosters the exploration of vocation in college and university campus communities. This new initiative, which is being administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc., was launched at the Vocation in Undergraduate Education (VUE) Conference in March 2009. The goal of NetVUE is to provide a nation-wide campus-supported network to expand and extend the conversation about vocational exploration. See http://www.cic.edu/Programs-and-Services/Progams/NetVUE/Pages/Conferences-and-Gatherings.aspx for more information.
For more information contact Linda LeBlanc, Assistant Director of Church Relations at email@example.com or 805-493-3936.
Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar's PowerPoint presentation