First convocation of the C3 Initiative (Creating a Culture of Calling). St Charles is one of 24 Christian congregations involved in the project which seeks to "promote a congregational culture of vocation that helps Christians of all ages discover their callings throughout life and equips them to live their vocation in the church community, at home, and in the world."
The first convocation was held in Baltimore, April 4-6.
The project funded three members from St. Charles to attend: Jennifer Winslow, Mayra Torres, and Leif Kehrwald. Two other members of our C3 Core Team include Sherry Wagner and Gabe Triplett.
What We Learned:
Kathleen Cahalan, Catholic theologian and professor at St. John's School of Theology in Collegeville MN provided a strong theological foundation. These themes emerged from her book The Stories We Live: Finding God's Calling All Around Us (Eerdmanns, 2017).
We are called by God who is the source of all callings.
We are called to follow the way shown by Jesus and taken up by his disciples.
We are called as unique persons.
We are called from the losses and grief we suffer over time.
We are called to give our lives for others.
We are called in our deepest suffering to carry out God’s purposes.
We are called through the people in our lives.
We are called together to live within God’s loving embrace.
What We're Thinking for St. Charles: Some Preliminary Ideas
NOTE: these are preliminary ideas. Nothing has been decided yet. The C3 Team welcomes your suggestions.
The next C3 convocation is in late June. At that gathering, we will engage in an intentional strategic planning process.