Day 11: Vocation

Day 11: Vocation

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Today we talked about Life in the Spirit as it relates to discerning our vocation.

At a Glance



Faculty Speaker

Rev. Dr. Fred Edie, Associate Professor of the Practice of Christian Education and Faculty Director of the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation

Lectionary Texts

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 139:1-18,23-24; 1 Corinthians 3-4:1; Matthew 10:1-14

Reflections on the Lecture

Students follow DYA Artist Ronya-Lee Thompson in sacred danceToday we talked about Life in the Spirit as it relates to discerning our vocation. The words “calling” and “vocation” are often used interchangeably, because the word vocation actually comes from the Latin vocare, which means to call. We discussed some things that may hinder us from going forward in God’s will when he does call us to do something. That list included fear, doubt, opinions of others, anxiety, frustration, and a lack of rationale behind the directive.  Dr. Edie pointed out that the Holy Spirit drives you to a calling, which in turn causes you to do what God has fashioned for you to do, and become what and who God wants you to be. Dr. Edie then went on to ask the listeners to do a self-inventory and ask certain questions that would lead to hearing God about personal vocation.


“No matter how you feel, shutting others out is simply not God’s way.”  — Dr. Edie, During Plenary

“There is nothing more urgent than the fact that we are using up God’s creation faster than it can be replenished.”  — Dr. Edie, During Plenary

“An authentic worship experience can only come from a lifestyle of worship.”  — Rev. Julian Pridgen during worship workshop reflection

Other Activities

Today marked our last visit to the DYA Arts Village.  In today’s session, students were invited to “go deeper” with the artist of their choosing, exploring that artist’s craft and vocation more fully.  We also attended our final prayer practice, yet another chance to get to experience prayer in various Christian traditions.  In the evening, the Rev. Kyle Childress, the father of one of our students, preached our final student-planned worship service, and Bishop Ken Carder, the grandfather of one of our students, presided at the Table.  Rev. Childress challenged all of us to think boldly about the joys – and costs – of discipleship and vocation in Jesus Christ.

Looking Ahead

Tomorrow is our final full day at DYA, and so it seems appropriate that the theme for tomorrow is the Coming Reign of God.  We’ll welcome Dr. J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, as our plenary speaker.  In the afternoon, we’ll have lots of free time to enjoy fellowship, pack, and prepare for tomorrow’s departure.  In the evening, DYA Director Katherine Smith and Faculty Director Fred Edie will lead us in our final worship service.  Please be in prayer for us as we prepare to return to our home communities!