Vocation: A Gracious Partnership


  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Avenue San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States

Date: Wednesdays, October 5 and 12

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $45

Enrollment: 6 min./ 20 max.

Register by: September 28th

Many of us have the sense that we have something specific to accomplish during our life-time, whether we are able to express it or not.  We may think that “I've been put here for a reason.”  This short course explores the energies at play in human vocation, the sense that we are called to certain work, relationships, and a way of life.  The unifying model to be presented has its roots in Christian tradition, and may be adapted for people of other faith traditions or no particular tradition.

The conversation will grow richer with the variety of people present.  Attention will be given to some specific issues, such as the challenge of multiple vocations and how to understand the role of tedium, responsibility, and suffering in vocations.

About the Instructor: The Rev. Jane Patterson is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Director of Community Care at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. She also teaches in the area of Christian formation, where her work focuses on vocation and Christian practice. She serves as Co-Director of St. Benedict's Workshop, a ministry devoted to helping laity live their faith in daily life.  Her academic interests include the intersection of literary, political and theological study of the scriptures. Jane holds degrees from Smith College, Perkins School of Theology, Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and a PhD from Southern Methodist University.