Sustaining Vocation Over the Long Haul

A Community Faith Leadership Breakfast


Helen Blier, Director, Office of Continuing Education, PTS. Helen oversees programming to enrich and support congregational and community leadership. Prior to her current role, she helped theological school administrators learn about their students and do institutional assessment at The Association of Theological Schools. An experienced educator, she has explored the substance and dynamics of vocation in her research and writing. She received her master of education from Boston College and Ph.D. from the Graduate Division of Religion of Emory University.  

Shari Hobby, priest and wife of the Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, and former vicar of Trinity Anglican Church, Thomasville, Ga. Raised as a missionary-kid in Guatemala, Shari is committed to global mission. A graduate of Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary and Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pa., she was ordained in 2000 and transferred to the Church of Uganda in 2005 and then to the Anglican Church of North America in 2009. Shari has also participated in the life of the church in several parishes in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Georgia.

Martha Selleck, Integrative Psychotherapist, Sewickley, Pa. Prior to establishing her own private practice, Martha worked at Samaritan Counseling Center, Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, Mercy Behavioral Health, and Staunton Clinic. She received her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and her bachelor's from Washington and Jefferson.


Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 8:30-10:30 a.m.


Vocation: it’s more than just your job. It’s a calla summons from God to leverage who you are and what you have for the sake of a world that needs your gifts! And it’s always bigger than just the work you do. As Frederick Buechner famously wrote, "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet."

The ability to sustain a lively and relevant sense of vocation over time can be challenging in the best of circumstances. But what about when the landscape is dramatically changing? It depends in part on taking a step back and reflecting on your practices, context, and commitments. When do you carve out intentional, sacred time to do that? Join us for breakfast as we share what we have learned about how to keep your vocation vibrant over the long haul.

Co-sponsored with Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute and Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania. Supported by funding from Desert Ministries Inc.

Registration / CEUs / Directions


Registration Fee: $25 and includes a buffet breakfast that will be served at 8:30 a.m.

CEUs: 0.2

Directions: Get directions to the Seminary.


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