Callings in life and work: Bryan Dik to speak March 9

Bryan J. Dik, associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Psychology, will deliver the inaugural Richard Hagen Lecture at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Fort Collins at 7 p.m. on March 9. Dik’s lecture is titled, “Callings in Work and Life.”

Bryan Dik
Bryan Dik, associate professor of psychology

“The idea that work, retirement and other life roles can be a calling is making a major resurgence in contemporary culture,” said Dik, coauthor of the book, “Make Your Job a Calling.”

“This talk will explore the convergence of new positive psychology research on calling, with centuries of Christian teaching on the concept, and emphasize practical steps each of us can take to more effectively live out our calling,” Dik said.

Dik will discuss the concept of calling through all stages of adult life. He recently completed a year-long fellowship with AARP’s Life Reimagined Institute, which culminated in a pilot project that tested an online community-based intervention designed to foster a sense of purpose in life and work. His TEDxCSU talk, “How to Find and Live Your Calling” is available on YouTube.

Dik is an elder (a lay leadership position) at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Fort Collins.

The Hagen Lecture is funded by an endowment of the Adult Faith Formation Committee at FUMC. It honors the late Richard Hagen, a member of FUMC and exemplar of lifelong learning. His family, friends and other individuals and classes at FUMC have raised $14,000 toward an initial goal of $20,000. There will be no admission charge, but donations to the endowment fund are encouraged. A book signing featuring “Make Your Job a Calling,” sponsored by the CSU Bookstore, will occur after the lecture.

CSU University Communications Staff