VocationCARE consists of communal practices through which congregations and other spiritual communities design and enact new ministries. VocationCARE helps individuals and communities construct a route into the heart of that mystery that Christians refer to as vocation or our unique calling from God in our time and in the particular circumstances of our lives.

When congregational or ministry teams practice VocationCARE they tap into a deep collective heart force that we call leadership, or compassionate engagement. The Source for this is within each of us by virtue of our Baptism.

The VocationCARE practices provide a framework for taking deep dives into that zone regularly as a community. This is a clarifying, unifying, and fortifying experience for those engaged in discernment.  The CARE practices are a renewable resource and can be re-enacted in the ministries you will engage over and over as they are the tether that not only sustains discernment but also assists your engagement of ministry.

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The Art of Teaching Spiritual Discernment: A Listening Hearts Lenten Retreat

The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is partnering with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer this intensive, four-day retreat to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. Held at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee, the retreat will include communal meditation activities; workshops that teach the practical aspects of teaching spiritual discernment; and a series of discernment sessions, each of which is followed by a reflective review to gain insight into the elements that bring forth fruitful discernment.

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