The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South


Welcome to VocationCARE, a pathway of practices for discernment for your church or ministry, a way of knowing where and how God is calling you in the midst of uncertainty. 

VocationCARE is an arrangement of contemplative, conversational, and design practices for adults of all ages, either as individuals or in small groups. The learning can be easily used for personal and/or collective discernment and can also be used to create new ministry projects and programs.

A VocationCARE training will be offered, June 24–27, 2014, in Sewanee. Designed for those who want to train others to use the CARE practices, this three and one half day immersion will enable participants to bring those practices to their own ministries and be the first step toward being certified as VocationCARE trainers through the programs center. Space in each course is limited, so early enrollment is encouraged.

Some of the ministries that have utilized the VocationCARE practices include:

  • Episcopal Community Services (ESC) of the Diocese of Louisiana
  • Life Together ESC Community of Boston, Mass., Diocese of MA
  • The Road Emmaus House ESC Community, Diocese of Atlanta
  • The Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina
  • St Mark's, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pa.

Training June 24–27, 2014

This is a full three-day immersion in the CARE practices. All activities will take place at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue.

June 24 — travel day
June 25 — 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
June 26 — 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
June 27 — 9 a.m.–12 Noon

On Day 1, we will create a space for holy listening and conversation. Our practice includes:

  • Centering exercises
  • Testimony and holy listening engaging our stories
  • Reflecting together theologically on our stories as places where God brings us to life
  • Kinetic visioning exercises

On Days 2 and 3 you will:

  • Review foundational practices for convening VocationCARE circles
  • Learn to think like designers, through a human-centered design process for individual and team-led projects that contextualize VocationCARE in your congregation or ministry
  • Build affinities and project success in teams
  • Present and respond to designs by teams and individuals for new or renewed ministries, i.e., “that thing we are given by God to do”

The schedule is configured to allow ample time for individual and group reflection, journaling, consultations, and appreciative critical feedback from facilitators. 

This training equips each participant to be a facilitator of VocationCARE and is the first of two trainings required for certification. 

For information about registration and accommodations, please call The School of Theology Programs Center at 931.598.1378 or 931.598.1105.

There are three ways to register:

  • You may register online by filling out the form below. You may also pay online using a secure paypal system.
  • If you would prefer to pay by check, please do not use the online form but instead, print the form and mail it with the check to The School of Theology, 335 Tennessee Avenue, Sewanee, TN  37383.
  • You may also call 931.598.1378 and register over the phone.


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