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Hearing Vocation DifferentlyMeaning, Purpose, and Identity in the Multi-Faith Academy$
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David S. Cunningham

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190888671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190888671.001.0001

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Reviving Sheila

Reviving Sheila

Listening to the Call of Multiple Religious Belonging

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(p.43) 2 Reviving Sheila
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Hearing Vocation Differently
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Katherine (Trina) Janiec Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190888671.003.0003

This chapter observes that many undergraduates find themselves drawn to more than one religious tradition, philosophical perspective, or lifestance. Indeed, the concept of “multiple religious belonging” may describe a very common circumstance, in which human beings find themselves drawn to, and sometimes overwhelmed by, an eclectic blend of beliefs and practices. Certain parallels may be drawn between these experiences and the broader experience of adolescent women, who find themselves pulled in many directions by the demands of contemporary culture. The chapter brings together a discussion of Mary Pipher’s book Reviving Ophelia with the example of “Sheila” in Habits of the Heart (ed. Robert Bellah et al.). Rather than assuming that experiences of multiple belonging result from confusion or indifference, the author counsels meeting these perspectives where they are, exploring how this quest for meaning might positively shape vocational reflection and discernment.

Keywords:   vocation, calling, multiple religious belonging, Mary Pipher, Robert Bellah, Habits of the Heart, Reviving Ophelia, adolescent women, quest for meaning, religious pluralism

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