The Vocare weekend provides an intentional period of time for young adults (ages 18-30) to engage with their God-given vocations. The atmosphere of the weekend is one that is open, honest, loving and supportive, giving participants a safe space to explore questions about their faith and their future.
The next Vocare weekend (Vocare #25) will be held October 2-4, 2015 at Camp Mikelle n North Georgia.
Led by other young adults, the Vocare weekend finds its heart in a series of twelve talks, each focusing on a unique aspect of the Christian faith and life, and each connecting to an overall consideration of the theme of God’s call to us, here and now. Participants will hear from other young adults and Episcopal clergy as they share their experiences discovering their Christian identity and finding their place in the world.
Talks may be followed by discussion, contemplation, worship, or any number of activities – but the weekend’s ultimate theme is found in the intentional consideration of the themes of calling and vocation.
In his book Wishful Thinking, Frederick Buechner writes of Vocation:
It…means the work a person is called to by God. There are all different kinds of voices calling you to all different kinds of work, and the problem is to find out which is the voice of God rather then of Society, say, or the Superego, or Self-Interest. By and large a good rule for finding out is this: the kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done. If you really get a kick out of your work, you’ve presumably met requirement (a), but if your work is writing cigarette ads, the chances are you’ve missed requirement (b). On the other hand, if your work is being a doctor in a leper colony, you have probably met requirement (b), but if most of the time you’re bored and depressed by it, the chances are you have not only bypassed (a), but probably aren’t helping your patients much either. Neither the hair shirt nor the soft berth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
It is our hope that the Vocare weekend serves as a catalyst for the life-long task of discerning the vocation to which God calls us – both in our lives within the church and in our lives in the larger world. We hope that Vocare provides each participant with the opportunity to thoughtfully consider where his or her own deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger.
The above text is adapted from Vocare International.