Wake Forest Divinity Board of Visitors gathers over dinner in Reynolda Hall on October 19, 2017 to discuss discernment and callings.

Members of Wake Forest’s School of Divinity Board of Visitors gathered over dinner on October 19, 2017, in Reynolda Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University to discuss discernment and callings.

As our discussion on discernment and callings evolved with participants’ thoughtful insights and willingness to listen and respond to each other, our group took the shape of a vibrant community. The silences were electrified with emotions and quiet discernment, which were later verbalized in profound stories about husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, children, grandchildren and friends.

We heard some memorable remarks:

  • “There are duties and obligations required to answer the call.”
  • “It takes courage to not only acknowledge your calling, but also to answer the call to act on it.” ·
  • “Once embraced, the calling causes the person to radiate with purpose​.”
  • “​You come to life while living your calling and having compassion for others because it is not about self.”
  • “This is not a onetime event; it is a process.”
  • “There is no transformation without conflict.”
  • “There will be times​ ​when you will have to reach back into this archive of experiences and find the lesson you may have missed the first time around.”