These are important words. Vocational exploration was at the root of the PLU mission at its founding in 1890. Since then, PLU has continued to honor its Lutheran heritage by supporting students as they search for meaning and purpose—in their learning, in their work, and in their lives.
From 2003 to 2012, vocational exploration was supported through the grant-funded Wild Hope Project, an exploration of vocation at PLU. Now the Wild Hope Center for Vocation continues to support students, faculty, and staff as they explore life's big questions and engage in worthy and meaningful work.
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Why "Wild Hope"?
Vocation has many meanings. At PLU, we recognize that vocation is about the course a person's life takes, and that lives are by their very nature "wild" things. The thinking, discerning, learning, mentoring and exploring that happen in a university setting are centered around helping our students discern the paths they will travel in life. This is a distinctively hopeful activity that we and our students undertake, even in the face of the untamed and occasionally unpredictable nature of the world in which we live.
History of Vocation at PLU
The Wild Hope Center for Vocation carries on the work of PLU's Wild Hope Project, which began in 2003 with a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment. In May of 2011, the Board of Regents recognized the good that Wild Hope brought to the university, and ensured its continuance by establishing the Wild Hope Center for Vocation. More information on this grant and the work done within the project can be found on the Wild Hope Project archival website.