Little Platoon Seminar: Discerning Vocation: Embracing Life’s Purpose

April 15-15, 2023
George Fox University

Do you know who you want to become...and do you know how to get there?

As part of a book-length project, this Saturday seminar will build upon Professor Paul Anderson’s 1985 Quaker Lecture at Western Yearly Meeting (Indiana), noting the connections between the human-divine encounters of the biblical prophets and apostles, leading from life-changing moments to life-long callings. As students find similar accounts in the lives of such world-changing Quaker leaders as George Fox, Margaret Fell, John Bellers, John Woolman, and Elizabeth Fry, they will reflect on the same within their own lives. Put simply, how can each of us discern something of life’s purpose–as a spiritual calling–in being stewards of our most memorable transforming moments? Reflecting together as a community of fellowship and discernment, may indeed produce clarity as to life’s callings and our reason for living. As Don Green once said: “What the world needs is YOU!” And, our time together will take that conviction seriously. Come join us for a day apart, open to the liberating power of truth within and also in the world.

Join Professor Paul Anderson, Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies at George Fox University from 10am-4pm on April 15th for a day of fellowship and discussions on vocational discernment. 

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About the Speaker

Paul N. Anderson serves as Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies at George Fox University, and also as Extraordinary Professor of Religion at the North-West University of Potchefstroom, South Africa. A graduate of Malone University (BA), Earlham School of Religion (MDiv), and Glasgow University (PhD), his current book-length projects include: Jesus in Johannine Perspective: A Fourth Quest for Jesus, Truth and Liberation, and Discerning Vocation: Embracing Life’s Purpose. Author of five other books and editor of thirty more, Paul’s books include Following Jesus, The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel, and From Crisis to Christ. He edits three book series: Quakers and the Disciplines Series (Friends Association for Higher Education), the Biblical Interpretation Series (E.J. Brill), and the Johannine Monograph Series (Wipf & Stock). Anderson edited Evangelical Friend and Quaker Religious Thought, and his other projects include getting into published form edited versions of the works of his mentor, D. Elton Trueblood, and those of Henry J. Cadbury and Arthur O. Roberts.