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.
Beecken Center News
December 21, 2018
This year was one of transition for the Beecken Center, but still found us working on many formative opportunities for spiritual seekers of all faiths. Participants from all over the world joined us here in Sewanee to explore many facets of faith formation and effective ministry in a changing world.
November 15, 2018
Nineteen participants from eight states converged on Sewanee Nov. 8–9 to participate in A New Spirituality of Leadership: Using Family Process to Deepen & Revitalize Congregational Life, facilitated by the former bishop of Nebraska, the Rt. Rev. Joe Goodwin Burnett. The group, made up mostly of clergy leaders from The Episcopal Church, gathered in a cozy room on the campus of the University of the South to explore Rabbi Edwin Friedman’s groundbreaking work, Generation to Generation, and the application of its family systems theory to church congregations.
Beecken Center Events
The Beecken Center—in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)—invites clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this disaster chaplaincy training at the beautiful Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tennessee, July 15–17, 2019. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own diocese or faith community, or with NDIN and its national partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.
Mark your calendars for the fourth Invite Welcome Connect Summit, held once again on the beautiful campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Join us June 12–14 as newcomers and seasoned practitioners from around the world come together to work, share ideas, and learn more about this powerful ministry.
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.