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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

 Katherine (Trina) Janiec Jones 
Wofford College

Noah Silverman

Noah Silverman
      Interfaith Youth Core     

Anantanand Rambachan

Anantanand Rambachan
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

Hotel Reservations

The Anza Hotel
23627 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 222-5300

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


6:00 p.m.


Informal Reception-Sagebrush Cantina (23527 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302)
(walking distance to the Anza Hotel)

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
10:45-11 a.m.   Break
11-11:45 a.m.   Round-robin: Introductions, Contexts, and Projects
12:00 p.m.   Lunch
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
2:15-2:30 p.m.   Break
2:30-3:15 p.m.   Plenary, "Conflicting Allegiances, Interfaith Cooperation, and Vocation," Noah Silverman
3:15-3:30 p.m.   Break
3:30-5 p.m.   Group Discussions
5:00 p.m.   Dinner

Saturday, September 21

8:45 a.m.   Breakfast
9:30-10:30 a.m.   Panel of Speakers (Jones, Rambachan, Silverman)
10:30-10:45 a.m.   Break
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
(310) 506-4141

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.