Singing Hearts? Work, Identity and Calling

Our October combined City Women / City Men Zoom lunchtime event was led by Rev Dr Sharon Prentis, Intercultural Mission Enabler and Dean of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Affairs in the Diocese of Birmingham and Revd Calvert Prentis, Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Development in the Diocese of Birmingham

What makes your heart sing? And what makes your boss’s and your colleagues’ hearts sing? What’s the relationship between your role – the work that actually needs doing – and your own sense of gifting, calling and vocation?

In a world which is “VACU” – volatile, ambiguous, complex and uncertain – we return to core questions: “What is my purpose?” “Why am I here?”  Then there’s wisdom in focusing on what makes us come alive:  “Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive.  Because the world needs people who are fully alive.”  We need to: “Let your life speak”.

Calvert discovered his voice, asking God, “Give me a job that is worth doing, even if it hard.”  Call is all about stepping out without a plan, but with faith in yourself, in those you speak to, in God.

Sharon and Calvert gave us space to think about how the changes and challenges of this year can help us to re-evaluate our own and others’ contributions, so that we are more able to recognise the gifts that we, and the people we connect with, bring to work and life beyond.

”I enjoyed hearing from the speakers and the discussion in smaller groups. The questions we were asked to consider and discuss were thought provoking and important, particularly in the current season”

”Thank you for an incredible session today”

And if you’d like to meet 1:1 online to discuss any issues that this raises for you, do get in touch with one of the ChaplaincyPlus Team:

Steve Bavington     

Kim Yeomans           

Sarah Thorpe           


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