The Call to Discipleship, the Vocation to Ministry

Event Cancellation notice

At every event, we look forward to hosting attendees and renowned speakers to enable a culture of encounter and dialogue, provide forums to address current issues, and be inspired together as a community.

We have been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation around COVID-19 to ensure we are taking the necessary measures to protect the health and wellbeing of people on campus. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 related travel issues, our speaker Kathleen Cahalan is no longer able to deliver the public lecture.  As a result, we have made the difficult decision to cancel “The Call to Discipleship, the Vocation to Ministry”.

While we are disappointed that we will not be together for this event, we are excited to host many events in the future. We are hoping to reschedule this event for the fall and will notify all registrants if a date is confirmed.

Explore what it means to be called to ministry in the church. Join Kathleen Cahalan, professor of practical theology, for an evening discussing the unique vocation of ministry. How do we understand the general calling of all the baptized and the particular calling to ministry in the church?

This presentation will explore what it means to say we are all called to follow as disciples, and that each disciple has particular callings. Beyond our shared calling in Christ, what does it mean, then, to say that each Christian has particular callings such as being a tax accountant, first grade teacher, parent, plumber, or minister? How is the call to ministry also a unique and particular calling and what is its relationship to other callings in the Christian life? Why is does being formed and educated as a minister important both for ministers and disciples?

Date and Time: Event cancelled

Location: St. Mark's College at UBC - 5925 Iona Drive, Vancouver

Cost: Free

Goals of this lecture include:

    -Identifying the call to discipleship shared by all the baptized and their particular callings

    -Ascertaining what is unique to the vocation of ministry and its relationship to discipleship

    -Characterizing the key practices of ministry and discuss their relationship to each other

    -Understanding the need for theological education in these six practices for effective ministry today

Kathleen A. Cahalan is professor of practical theology at Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary and director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, a collaborative research project focusing on vocation, practical wisdom, and theological education. She serves as the project director of the Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative, funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. She is co-editor of Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives (Eerdmans, 2016) and Calling All Years Good: Vocation across the Lifespan (Eerdmans, 2016). She has also authored books for a broad church audience, including Stories We Live: Finding God’s Calling All around Us (Eerdmans, 2017) and Living Your Discipleship: Seven Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling, co-authored with Laura Kelly Fanucci (Twenty-Third, 2015)

This event is generously sponsored by the Archdiocese of Vancouver, the Centre for Christian Engagement, and the Marie Ann Blondin Chair in Theology.


For more information, please contact Grace Green
E: [email protected]
T: 604-822-6862 Ext. 103

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