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.

The ELCA’s recent decisions to be a Sanctuary Church, address issues of sexism, condemn white supremacy, affirm inter-religious commitments, and to apologize to people of African descent aligns with the university’s vocation and the PLU Center’s missions and commitment to upholding the values of Lutheran Higher Education and Diversity, Justice, Sustainability. The PLU Centers Coalition is proud of our University’s connection to the ELCA!