On March 23-24, Monmouth College will host one of several regional gatherings for NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education), an organization administered by the Council of Independent Colleges.
Nine schools representing five states outside of Illinois will join Monmouth at what MC faculty member Jane Jakoubek describes as “a working retreat.” Its title is “Loaves and Fishes: Multiplying Opportunities for Theological Exploration of Vocation.”
“This event is designed for campus teams seeking to develop opportunities for theological exploration of vocation on their own campuses, especially those at institutions where there are significant challenges, such as limited finances and overscheduled students,” Jakoubek explained.
Specific goals of the retreat include providing inspiration for and information about theological exploration of vocation and providing time, space and collegial support leading to the development of concrete plans to take back to campus after the gathering. The event will also provide time for refreshment and self-care for the campus leaders who seek to undertake this work in the midst of already busy lives.
The schedule will revolve around three workshops for campus teams. The first will be structured to enable the campus team members to explore hopes and dreams for their students, the second to engage in guided brainstorming about possibilities within their own context, and the third to outline initial plans for implementation.
The campus team workshops will be supported by several short readings, a plenary session on best practices for fostering theological exploration of vocation, large-group discussion and cross-campus breakout groups exploring promising ideas and key barriers. The schedule will also include time for informal conversation, reflection, prayer and exercise.
Partially funded by the Lilly Endowment, NetVUE’s purpose is to foster the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation on the member campuses.