“Vocation”—Do I Have One of Those?

Michael Milano, Mary Swanson, and Mary Topolinski

We read so much about following our passions, being in the flow, or being called to something…What does that even mean? Most of us struggle with the ongoing question: “Am I spending my time and my energies in a way that is aligned with my deepest self?”

This workshop will help you reflect on key questions related to clarifying your vocation. It is based on three foundations: (1) a simple and profound definition of vocation by Frederick Buechner: “Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need,” (2) our UU shared belief that each us has the Spark of the Divine, the Spirit of Life within us, and (3) a deep respect for inner work done alone and in loving and supportive community.

Whether it is called deep gladness…the spark of the divine…or vocation, our challenge over the course of four Monday evenings and one six-hour “retreat” on a Saturday, is to clarify that concept as it relates to your personally. Each week you will be introduced to one major tool to guide your reflection. Integral to the process is your willingness to devote roughly one hour for personal reflection between classes and to share some of your reflections in small groups.

While discussions during this workshop will likely touch upon careers, the focus is on the spiritual nature of what brings you to life, not on networking, resume building, or any of the nuts-and-bolts of a job search.

Workshop Sessions will be 7:00 to 9:00 pm, March 18, 25, April 1, and April 8. The final retreat will be 10am-4pm, Saturday, April 13. The workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Workshop Facilitators: Mary Topolinkski, Mary Swanson and Michael Milano

Recommended Readings

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmer This brief and beautiful text is the heart of the workshop.

Callings by Greg Levoy

Mondays, Mar. 18 & 25, Apr. 1 & 8, 7:00—9:00 pm, retreat: Sat., Apr. 13, 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Monday, March 18, 2019