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On Vocation

Welcome to On Vocation – an e-letter from Opus: The Art of Work, just for staff and faculty of Wheaton College.

We know many of our students struggle with the concept of vocation—but it’s such a big, complicated subject, and we’re all so pressed for time! In On Vocation you’ll find concise, yet substantial pieces of vocational wisdom curated from our program materials, interviews with colleagues, media clips and more.

On Vocation is intended for staff and faculty of Wheaton College. To subscribe, email "Subscribe" to opus@wheaton.edu using the link below:


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May 2, 2018

In this brief, TED-style video, Dr. Vince Bacote takes the idea of "benediction" and applies it to our work in a pluralistic world.

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The integrated life: Where formation meets vocation

April 5, 2018

This edition of On Vocation takes us to the intersection of spiritual formation and vocation, highlighting a significant finding in the College’s recent alumni survey and peeking under the hood of Opus’s Staff & Faculty Vocation Seminar.

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From "The Call" to "On Call"

March 19, 2018

Opus Director Chris Armstrong makes the case for the critical importance of seeing calling as plural rather than singularwe all have multiple callings at any given time, and they change over time.

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Why skills trump passion

March 2, 2018

This issue features a chapel talk video on "why students should not follow their passions" along with a short summary and reflection questions. The talk was given in October, 2016 by Bethany Jenkins, at that time the Director of Vocational and Career Development at The Kings College.

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Key vocation ideas: A guide for the perplexed

February 16, 2018

"It takes a college" to form a student vocationally, and it helps if we work from a common language and narrative about vocation. For a peek into Opus's common vocational language, look at this handy table and brief narrative.

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From Worldview to Way of Life

January 29, 2018

What do the classic spiritual disciplines have to do with students becoming the sorts of people who will work hard and well to help others flourish? And how can we - their teachers and mentors - help them in the process? Read the excerpts from Dr. David Setran's Opus paper to find out.

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The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace

January 15, 2018

Opus Assistant Director Ben Norquist interviewed Dr. Read Schuchardt on themes of vocation in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.

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Vocational Faithfulness as Public Discipleship

December 6, 2017

Amy Sherman, Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, spoke eloquently on “Vocational Faithfulness as Public Discipleship” at the second biennial Faith@Work Summit.

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What We Do

November 20, 2017

What, exactly, does Opus do at Wheaton College? We’re glad you asked . . .

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Vocational Wisdom in Gilead: An Interview with Dr. Christina Bieber Lake and Dr. Becky Eggimann

November 7, 2017

Wheaton College has selected Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, as the Core Book this year—that is, the book we read together to “foster a shared experience across the campus community” around themes from the Christ at the Core general education curriculum...

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Three Myths about "Secular" Work

October 23, 2017

Three myths can keep our students from serving God effectively in seemingly secular workplaces and sectors. Here’s what they are, and how to help our students bust them...

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