Day 11 - Living Into Our Baptisms (Vocation)

Day 11 - Living Into Our Baptisms (Vocation)

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Theme

Vocation

Faculty Speaker

Rev. Dr. Fred Edie, DYA "Big Cheese" and Associate Professor of the Practice of Christian Education

Lectionary Texts

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

Quotes from the Last 24 Hours

"We receive our lives as a gift. We are not self-made. God is our Creator." - Rev. Dr. Fred Edie during plenary

"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." - Frederick Buechner, quoted in plenary and worship

"When I came here, I wanted to pursue math and science in college because I thought it would set me up for a career where I could make a lot of money. Now I am wondering if that is what God wants most out of my life." - A student reflecting on plenary

Reflections on the Lecture

After several days of pondering how the Spirit enters our world through the church's corporate practices such as witness and reconciliation, the students engaged Dr. Fred Edie in a discussion on how the Spirit enters the lives of individual Christians. In our baptisms, we are called into God's service; yet many things impede us from living fully into our vocations. Obstacles include our own hesitations, fears, excuses, the cultural norms that place financial and material success over anything else, and the paralysis we feel when faced with too many choices. We spent time in our mentor groups considering how a deepened understanding of God as Creator, Covenant-Maker, Reconciler, and Farmer informs our calls to lives of service.

Other activities

In the afternoon today we enjoyed the “Going Deeper” sessions of the arts village. Students learned about the theology and art of iconography and pottery, created collages as a practice of community art, and learned a dance for Friday’s worship. We also participated in our last prayer practices workshop and enjoyed learning about new ways to deepen our connections to God, scripture, and one another. Our dinner was served by Agape Korean Church from Cary - it was delicious! In the evening our worship included silence and contemplation as we began preparing our hearts for returning home.

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