VoCARE – Vocation Care
VoCARE (Vocation Care) is an intergenerational mentoring project conducted in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, the Westminster-Canterbury Fellowship (campus ministry) at ASU (Appalachian State University, Boone, NC), and The Fund for Theological Education, an ecumenical non-profit organization.
The pilot program took place during the 2011-2012 academic year and involved five sets of mentoring partners– five young adults from ASU paired with five older adults from the St. Luke’s parish. Each group of partners met weekly to work on community service projects and engage in reflective practices with the intent of helping them identify their diverse gifts and to nurture their spiritual vocation/call in the world.
At the core of the VoCARE project is the principle of mutuality. Through conversations with their partners and in larger groups, participants learn to listen intently without judgment, reflect on their own life journey, and to support one another in clarifying their experiences and emotions. VoCARE is not about advising people to follow particular career paths, but rather about helping them listen to themselves and the VoCARE community as they discern their spiritual purpose in the world.
This project is funded through a grant from the Fund for Theological Education and private donations.