Vocation and Orientation


Rev. Vince Tango


The topic of our quarter together is the ongoing process of vocational discernment, with particular attention to how vocational journeys intersect with the experience of formal theological education. We will utilize dynamic, ongoing, interactive and self-reflective learning processes through weekly readings and content, the lives of the students and instructor, the lives of the mentors you choose as living conversation partners, and historical partners accessed through an autobiography or oral history.


The texts for this course will be uploaded to Canvas .  Students will also choose one autobiography to read throughout the quarter.


  1. Provide a “sacred space” where you can come to know one another, including your different faith understandings and traditions, at a deeper level than is usually experienced with other courses.
  2. Introduce you to Iliff, and assist you with your understanding and adjusting to the framework and characteristics of theological education, which are somewhat different from those in other kinds of educational programs that you may have experienced in the past.
  3. Invite you to reflect theologically on your personal and professional identity, and your ongoing vocational discernment.
  4. Practice personal and professional skill development required to work effectively to build relationships and foster dialogues that honor multiple perspectives and experiences.
  5. Utilize writing, journaling, audio/video, and creative expression to connect concepts and practice to one’s own vocational discernment and development.

Sep 12, 2018WedWelcome & Introductions & Course Syllabusdue by 05:59AM
Sep 13, 2018ThuStudent video introductions due by 05:59AM
Sep 15, 2018SatReading and Discussion (Palmer)due by 05:59AM
Sep 15, 2018SatEngage Spiritual Depth (week 1)due by 05:59AM
Sep 20, 2018ThuReading and Discussion (Neafsey)due by 05:59AM
Sep 22, 2018SatChoose your autobiography/historical partnerdue by 05:59AM
Sep 22, 2018SatEngage Spiritual Depth and Check-in (week 2)due by 05:59AM
Sep 28, 2018FriTimeline due by 05:59AM
Oct 04, 2018Thuliff Archivesdue by 05:59AM
Oct 06, 2018SatChoose Your Living Mentordue by 05:59AM
Oct 06, 2018SatSelf Grade Reflection for V&O; due by 05:59AM
Oct 06, 2018SatEngage Spiritual Depth and Check-in (week 4)due by 05:59AM
Oct 20, 2018SatDiscussion - Historical Partner due by 05:59AM
Oct 20, 2018SatEssay - Historical Partner due by 05:59AM
Oct 25, 2018ThuDiscussion - Mentor due by 05:59AM
Oct 27, 2018SatEssay - Mentor due by 05:59AM
Oct 27, 2018SatPeer Reviews - Historical Partner due by 05:59AM
Oct 27, 2018SatEngage Spiritual Depth and Check in (week 7)due by 05:59AM
Nov 01, 2018ThuReadings and Discussion (Discernment)due by 05:59AM
Nov 03, 2018SatEngage Spiritual Depth and Check in (week 8)due by 05:59AM
Nov 03, 2018SatSelf-Grade V&O; (#2)due by 05:59AM
Nov 10, 2018SatEngage Spiritual Depth and Check in (week 9)due by 06:59AM
Nov 11, 2018SunFinal Self-Reflection due by 06:59AM
Nov 15, 2018ThuFinal Gradedue by 06:59AM