Return to NetVUE Homepage A NetVUE Resource Page: Thinking about Vocation in a Time of Pandemic

​Last Updated: September 8, 2020


NetVUE has started hosting webinars addressing particular topics of interest and concern to the wider NetVUE community. The first webinar, “Theological Responses to the Pandemic,” took place on June 23. The second webinar, “Fighting the Good Fight: Social Justice, Activism, and Vocation” took place on July 14 and a third webinar called “Courageous Texts, Courageous Teaching,” took place in late July. These webinars can be accessed through this link (please note that the link requires a log-in). Coming up later this month, we have a webinar focused on “Transitions” scheduled for September 22, 2020 at 2 pm. You can register for that webinar here


NetVUE has been hosting conversations among administrators, faculty, and staff from the various campuses based on their role or portfolio. Thus far, gatherings have been hosted for chaplains, for directors and staff at centers for vocation and/or career services, and staff working in academic affairs or student affairs. If you work at a NetVUE institution and would be interested in participating in (or facilitating) a conversation with colleagues in any of these areas (or others), please contact Lynne Spoelhof, NetVUE program manager, at


The NetVUE blog includes posts related to themes of vocation in times of suffering and crisis. View a (regularly updated) list of these resources. Here is a partial list of posts from the past few weeks that specifically address vocation in a time of pandemic and social upheaval:

If you have written (or are currently writing) a piece that might be appropriate for the NetVUE blog, please email Hannah Schell, NetVUE online community coordinator, at


The NetVUE online community network now includes a folder for materials created by staff and faculty members at NetVUE campuses for use with students during the current pandemic. This folder is continually updated as materials are shared with us. The NetVUE online community requires a login, but anyone who works at a NetVUE member institution can obtain credentials. Click on “Library” and open the folder titled “Discussion Board Documents” in order to access a folder marked “Pandemic-related.” If you know of something that might be usefully added to this folder, please send it to Hannah Schell at If you are not able to access the online library, please send your name, title, institution, email address, and phone number to Lynne Spoelhof at, and she will provide you with login credentials.


These websites and communities are available elsewhere on the internet, and may be of interest to those who teach undergraduate students or work with them in areas related to vocational reflection and discernment:


Recent work by members of NetVUE:

Other recent essays that may be of interest:

Earlier essays (March–June 2020):

And finally—because we all need it—a little humor: