NetVUE Regional Gathering
Vocation and the Multi-Faith Academy
Hearing Vocation Differently: Meaning, Purpose, and Identity in the Multi-Faith Academy
September 20-21, 2019 ¦ Pepperdine University ¦ Malibu, CA
The past half century has witnessed a remarkable increase in the religious diversity of college and university students in the United States. Today's students are more likely than ever to identify with religions other than Christianity or claim to be non-religious or "spiritual" in non-traditional ways. These trends also align with the fact that church-related institutions are witnessing declines in the number of students who identify with the institution's theological heritage or founding denomination. As such, leaders at both public and private universities are struggling with how to understand and navigate the shifting terrain.
This gathering will provide a venue for NetVUE campus leaders to discuss these issues by exploring the third book in the NetVUE Scholarly Resources series, Hearing Vocation Differently: Meaning, Purpose, and Identity in the Multi-Faith Academy (2019). Discussions will focus on the book's implications for leaders of vocational exploration programs in multi-faith environments. Speakers will include David Cunningham, director of NetVUE and the book's editor, and three contributors to the volume, Trina J. Jones, Anantanand Rambachan, and Noah Silverman.
Katherine (Trina) Janiec Jones
Interfaith Youth Core
St. Olaf College
Costs for the Gathering
For participants from NetVUE member institutions: the registration fee of $50 per person covers all conference costs, including meals on Friday and Saturday and Friday night accommodations. Participants must make their own hotel reservations at the Anza Hotel, which may include additional nights at a special rate (but additional nights are at their own expense).
For participants from non-NetVUE member institutions: the non-member registration fee of $100 covers the conference and meals on Friday and Saturday, but not lodging. Those from outside the Los Angeles area who need lodging must make their own arrangements. Non-members are welcome to stay at the Anza Hotel (and receive a special rate), but they may also seek out other accommodations; in either case, lodging is at their own expense.
Registration Deadline: September 6, 2019 (please note that Anza Hotel rooms must be reserved separately by August 20 to receive the special rate)
Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) account required to register. If you do not have or remember your CIC login information, you will be prompted to recover your password or create an account.
Book purchase: Each participant should purchase the book Hearing Vocation Differently several weeks before the retreat.
Minimum reading requirement: Read the Introduction and the three chapters by our speakers, Anantanand Rambachan, Katherine Janiec Jones and Noah Silverman
The Anza Hotel
23627 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, CA 91302
CLICK HERE to reserve a room
Or call 818-222-5300 and ask for "Pepperdine Univ Faith Sept2019" rate.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Anza Hotel in Calabasas. NetVUE will cover accommodations for Friday night for NetVUE members. Each guest will be required to have a credit card on file for incidentals.
For non-members or for members reserving a room for Thursday, September 19, the NetVUE rate of $159 per night will apply.
Must register by August 20, 2019 for this rate.
Note: If reserving a room beyond September 19-21, contact Tanya Frisch at the Anza Hotel directly via email: Tanya.Frisch@theanzahotel.com and ask for "Pepperdine Univ Faith Sept2019" rate.
Directions and Map
Directions to Pepperdine University are found on the "Pepperdine University Malibu Campus" page.
An interactive campus map is located HERE.
Other lodging options can be found HERE (no special rates apply to these options)
Thursday, September 19
Informal Reception-Sagebrush Cantina (23527 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302)
Friday, September 20
|9:00 a.m.||Reception & Registration|
|9:30-9:40 a.m.||Welcome & Introductions, John Barton|
|9:40-10 a.m.||Orientation to theme and NetVUE, David Cunningham|
|10-10:45 a.m.||Plenary, "Vocational Discernment and Multiple Identities," Trina Jones|
|11-11:45 a.m.||Round-robin: Introductions, Contexts, and Projects|
|1-1:45 p.m.||Plenary, "The Bhagavad Gita and Vocational Discernment in Multi-Faith Perspective," Anant Rambachan|
|1:45-2:15 p.m.||Multi-faith at a Christian University: Panel of Pepperdine Students|
|2:30-3:15 p.m.||Plenary, "Conflicting Allegiances, Interfaith Cooperation, and Vocation," Noah Silverman|
|3:30-5 p.m.||Group Discussions|
Saturday, September 21
|9:30-10:30 a.m.||Panel of Speakers (Jones, Rambachan, Silverman)|
|10:45-11:30 a.m.||"Where From Here?," David Cunningham|
|11:30 a.m.||Boxed Lunches|
Stephanie Cupp, Program Administrator, Pepperdine Center for Faith and Learning
This event is made possible by the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). NetVUE is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.