Now What? Considering Calling, Purpose and Direction
The process of figuring out what you want to do can be confusing. High school and college students face questions about work, education and the future but as we grow older, many of us discover that hearing and responding to God’s call on our lives doesn’t end at graduation, it’s a life-long process. Adults are often quick to ask students about their plans for work or education but they don’t often share their own stories or provide other resources that can help young people.
On April 22, Youth Unlimited is hosting “Now What?” an evening with four individuals who will share part of their story of discerning their gifts and uncovering God’s call. Through 8-minute presentations, these individuals will share a specific part of their experience where God confirmed, challenged or expanded their understanding of His direction for their lives. Students will have the opportunity to interact with each presenter at the conclusion of the program. Youth group leaders will receive a series of follow up questions and other resources to help continue this discussion with students in future group and individual conversations.
Location: Venue3Two, 3232 Shaffer Ave, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512
Time: 6-8 PM
Mary Jane Pories
Mary Jane Pories, M.A.T. is a member of the Actors Equity Association, a Certified Practitioner in Applied Improvisation, and an award-winning actor/improviser and former main stage cast member of the famed comedy theater The Second City – Detroit. Fishladder Inc., the company she founded in 1999, serves national and international clients ranging from Fortune 100 to non-profits and, among other awards, received recognition as a Top Women-Owned Business and a Local First Good for Michigan business. She currently serves as secretary to the board for the Applied Improvisation Network. She shares her knowledge of how to be ready for anything in her book, Yes, And! Harnessing the Power of Improvisation to Transform Your Life and Work. Mary Jane believes that since nothing goes as planned, you might as well improvise!
Rhae-Ann Booker, PhD
Rhae- Ann Booker, PhD, is the current Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Metro Health. A passionate advocate for comprehensive, data-driven and ongoing strategies for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). An experienced executive with a track record of initiatives that support organizational goals and individual success for marginalized populations, including the design and implementation of Davenport University’s first university-wide DEI Strategic Plan. An advocate for health equity who helped initiate Davenport’s collaboration with Grand Rapids African American Health Institute and other community organizations. She has developed policies and partnerships at Calvin College that resulted in increased enrollment, retention and graduation rates for underrepresented populations. Committed to the use of data to design programs and evaluate outcomes. Multiple national and regional recognitions. She is also a lifelong Grand Rapids resident with extensive community involvement; currently serving on the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative Program Committee and on the board of directors for the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan.
Aaron Winkle serves as the Head of School of Living Stones Academy, a Christ-centered learning community located on the Northeast side of Grand Rapids, MI (PS-6th grade). Founded 10 years ago, Living Stones offers an unwaveringly Christ-centered, academically rigorous, and radically inclusive education to all students and families who seek it. Before coming to Living Stones, Aaron spent 15 years in higher education in the areas of spiritual development, leadership development, and coaching on three Christian college campuses. Aaron holds his BA in Business Administration from Calvin College and his M-Div from Calvin Theological Seminary. Aaron and his wife Betsy have four children and one dog, Baltic (a four-year-old Goldendoodle) :). Together they live in Eastown.
Shirley V. Hoogstra
Shirley V. Hoogstra became the seventh president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in September 2014. In this role, Hoogstra combines her zeal for the rule of law and her passion for Christian higher education as she promotes the value and purpose of high quality, Christ-centered liberal arts education that shapes students who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind.
Prior to the CCCU, Hoogstra served for 15 years as vice president for student life at her alma mater, Calvin University. She also spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm specializing in litigation in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Always an educator, Hoogstra has never lost her joy of seeing people developed to be their best selves. She continues to advocate for expanding diversity and inclusion on CCCU campuses and making education available, accessible, and affordable to all students.
Ticket information coming soon.
Cost: $10 Per Person
Ticket information coming soon.
Cost: $10 Per Person