What is Vocation?

Vocation: Being called into relationship with others to promote human and ecological flourishing

• We are called by new knowledge and experience, by other people, by pressing need, by global events and crisis, and-for many-by the numinous, a higher power, by God, into awareness that life is more than securing a comfortable existence for oneself.

• We are called into relationship, into communities both temporary and life-long marked by diversity in life and thought, where we live into mutual responsibility for each other, trusting that we can be and do more together than apart in isolation.

• We are called together to promote human and ecological flourishing–the mission of this university–and so let learning animate service and care for this world and our commitment to strive for justice and peace wherever we find ourselves.


What we do: The Center promotes and provides a range of opportunities to engage with, discern, and live out vocation.  We accomplish this through Educating, Mentoring students, faculty and staff, Creating opportunities for the discernment of vocation, Developing resources, and Cooperative engagement through others on campus.

History of Vocation at PLU

Vocational exploration has been at the root of PLU’s mission since its founding in 1890.

The Wild Hope Center for Vocation carries on the work of PLU’s Wild Hope Project, which began with a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment in 2003. Then, in May of 2011, the Board of Regents recognized the good that the project brought to the university and ensured its continuance by establishing what is now the Wild Hope Center for Vocation.

The Wild Hope Center honors PLU’s commitment to Lutheran Higher Education by supporting students as they seek meaning and purpose — in their learning, in their work, and in their lives.