Two groups of Undergraduate, Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff gathered over dinner in the Little Magnolia Room on Thursday, February 28, 2019, to discuss Discernments & Callings.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • We determined that calling is much more than an occupation or title. Our lives are more than the career we choose, whether you’re a handyman, baseball or football coach, high school or college teacher, or a family member.
  • Most of the exemplars we chose pertaining to calling made sacrifices of comfort, location, and money to pursue something greater: human connection.
  • “Being comes out of doing.” Who you are is an amalgamation of your actions, and you often find your calling by feeling something while you act.
  • We can help discern our calling with the following Venn Diagram: your skills, your passions, and the world’s needs. One’s calling falls somewhere in between those three areas.
  • It’s important for us to remember that pondering our calling is a privilege that many other people do not have. Deciding our calling is often a selfish act, and we shouldn’t contemplate the possibilities for too long.