Editor's note

Editor's note

Pursue big goals

The racial reckoning happening now in the United States has resonated at the National Religious Vocation Conference. Our members, staff, and board are grappling with the insidious and deadly reality of racism. This “soul sickness” (to borrow an expression from Father Bryan Massingale) is so pervasive in our society that vocation ministers can’t afford to ignore it without distorting their ministry.

To be part of the solution is more than a one and done step. Those in religious communities who have been fighting significant social problems for years, such as homelessness or immigrant rights, know that a problem as large and deep as racism requires hearts fully engaged for the long haul. NRVC and HORIZON aim to be there for the long haul. Our “Updates” column on page 2 condenses the board’s statement on racism, and this edition’s focus on intercultural assessment and understanding is part of our ongoing coverage of racial justice issues in vocation ministry.

It is a sacred responsibility to invite God’s people to consider their calling, including inviting those from racial groups underrepresented in the community. It is a sacred to walk with young people who are discerning their calling. Part of accompanying, inviting, and assessing people of varied ethnic backgrounds is making an effort to know their culture and know how to appropriately walk a vocation journey with them.

Overcoming racism and encouraging a vocation culture are big goals that go together. Let’s embrace both. Lastly, remember that the HORIZON library at nrvc.net also has a wealth of helpful articles to assist you.   

 —Carol Schuck Scheiber, editor, cscheiber@nrvc.net

Published on: 2020-07-30

Edition: 2020 HORIZON No. 3 Summer

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