Wild Hope

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The poet Mary Oliver has famously asked, “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?

My wife and I on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in the Fall of 2012 (where we met, graduated from, later got engaged...etc.)
My wife and I on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University (where we met in religion classes, graduated from, later got engaged…etc.)

This a great question. It was also a grounding question at my alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) while I was there. I share that because PLU is celebrating its 125th birthday this year. So in celebration of this, and in an effort to give space to vocational reflections, I am inviting you- my readers, friends and conversation partners to respond to this question: What will you do with your one wild and precious life? Or, put another way, Where has your one wild and precious life taken you so far? What are your dreams or ideas for where life might be taking you in the months and years ahead? 

Here’s the invitation:

I have always intended for this blog to be a space of collaboration and shared learning, questions and experiences. In this hope, I want to give space for your collective wisdom. If you like this question as much as me, I invite you to reflect on it (or a form of it).

Here’s the parameters:

In an ideal world, I would love to share your reflections as a guest post. I envision this series featuring a post ideally once per week (but more often if needed). It would be preferred that all reflections would include between 300-800 words depending on how much you want to write and email them to me. Please also include a brief biographical paragraph which I can use to introduce you with. As this is part of the collaboration of this blog, any guest posts would come without compensation. However, I am happy to share your post on another venue(s) or blog(s) if you have your own blog and would like to use the material elsewhere.

Any questions? If you have any, or would like to think about this possibility, please let me know. You definitely do not need to have any connection to PLU to take part in this series. However, if you do have a connection to PLU please note that in your reflections. Also, given the nature of this blog, if you can connect to the theme or themes related to one or more of the church, neighbor, and/or leadership, that would be a special treat.

How is this for a blog series idea? Are you in? Are you up for this? I hope so, and am looking forward to the conversation, questions and stories about vocation and dreams.

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