Presenter: John Lewis, Seminary of the Southwest, St. Benedict’s Workshop, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, San Antonio, Texas
“Vocation” can often be one of the most misunderstood and confusing words in the theological lexicon. Nevertheless, the Scriptures point to ways that “vocation” can serve all of God’s people as a lens for interpreting the world and shaping every aspect of our faithfulness in daily life. In this interactive workshop, John Lewis will present a working model of vocation collaboratively developed over 22 years of ministry working with individuals and congregations seeking to discern the many ways God calls them to service in the world. John will also demonstrate how the digital resources of the Iona Center at Seminary of the Southwest can support vocational discernment for individuals and congregations. The Rev. John Lewis, D.Phil.,is Director of the Iona Center and Lecturer in New Testament and Spirituality at Seminary of the Southwest. He oversees the seminary’s non-degree programs, including the Iona Collaborative, a network of 28 Episcopal dioceses that use the seminary’s digitized curriculum and spiritual care education courses in their local diocesan settings to form people for ordination and lay leadership.