The CARE Practices
First, we create space to explore Christian vocation by allowing physical space to mediate the presence of the Spirit.
Self-awakening questions are those inspired by holy listening. They are offered in service to the storyteller to help her listen for how God is moving in her “one wild and precious life.”
Sharing our grains of truth and observing others’ moves us collectively into the archetypal realm where we can trace the outlines of the Great Story told in Scripture in our own communities.
For this last act of VocationCARE we have integrated the human-centered design process created by IDEO, a well-known product design company in Silicon Valley. Small groups brainstorm ideas for action, then refine those ideas, and then choose one idea that embodies what they can and will implement in their local context. Each team leaves with an implementation plan and the energy and enthusiasm to enact their next faithful steps.
A common engagement of VocationCARE moves through a series of centering practices, one of which is an evocative or centering reflection which inspires two iterations of exploration of personal stories (intentionally creating space to explore Christian vocation) and looking at our stories through the lens of self-awakening or “open and honest” questions, questions that are at the service of the story-teller, questions that further invite story-tellers to view God’s activity in their lives.