Vocation Beyond Occupation: Finding Your Path in the Third Chapter of Life
Event sponsored by Saint Olaf College
The sessions will equip those who are approaching or in the third chapter of life to journey further down pathways of purpose and meaning for life today and tomorrow.
Through active participation in reflection on our lives, the retreat offers space for contemplation and connections with other Oles and like-minded participants in similar places along life’s journey. We’ll create a vision for our vocation beyond occupation that we can take with us and bring value to the communities that matter to us (including, if it’s right for you, St. Olaf).
Sunday, November 6
Make your way to Spirit in the Desert and check in. We’ll gather for introductions and a group dinner, followed by an evening welcome and Reflection: Your Path to Where You are Today.
Monday, November 7
Morning Prayer Pathway/Labyrinth in the Desert
9–10:30 Session I: Vocation: Deep Gladness and Deep Sadness in our Vocations
11–12:30 Session II: Coming to Terms with Vocations We Don’t Choose
3:30–5 Session III: Mapping My Present
5:15–6:15 Session IV: Mapping Break–Out Session
Optional Social Time
Tuesday, November 8
Morning Prayer Path/Labyrinth in the Desert
9–10:30 Session I: Building your Roadmap
11–12:30: Session II: Creating a Third Chapter Vocation Mission Statement
3:30–5:00 Choosing Your Pathway Small Groups
Optional Social Time
Wednesday, November 9
Final Session: Blessed to be a Blessing, Our Paths Forward
Deanna A. Thompson is Martin E. Marty Regents Chair in Religion and the Academy and Director of the Lutheran Center for Faith, Values and Community at St. Olaf. An award-winning teacher and author of five books on topics ranging from Martin Luther and feminism to practicing hope in the face of life-threatening illness, Thompson is dedicated to drawing on resources from Lutheran tradition as well as from contemporary insights that can enhance our understanding of what it means to practice faith, hope, and love for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors. Before moving to St. Olaf to direct the Lutheran Center in 2019, Thompson was Chair and Professor of Religion at Hamline University, where she taught for over 20 years. When she’s not writing, speaking or teaching, Thompson can be found hiking in a national park with her husband and two adult children.