The Cothran Center fully embraces Furman's core mission to create engaged, educated, well-rounded, service-oriented lifelong learners. Our framework for vocational exploration is Christian and ecumenical in orientation, but nonsectarian, and we welcome participants of any faith tradition. The Center invites both those who are traditionally religious, as well as those who are not, to take seriously the ultimate meaning and purpose of life. Thus the Center seeks to:

  • Add depth and meaning to the life decisions that students are making while in college (e.g., major, career, community service).
  • Evoke consideration of fundamental religious and personal values in making life choices.
  • Provide a hospitable space for personal, academic and spiritual exploration guided by experienced mentors.

Goals of the Center
The five goals listed below are the ways we focus our larger mission at Furman and in the community. Each of the current and envisioned programs and resources facilitated by the Center supports at least one of the goals below:

  • Goal 1: We will provide ongoing vocational exploration and reflective engagement opportunities for students at pivotal developmental and transition times.
  • Goal 2: We will provide resources and support for faculty and staff in their own personal vocational journeys, as well as facilitating space for reflective engagement in their respective departments and programs.
  • Goal 3: We will cultivate and support a tradition of meaningful, lifelong, reflective engagement and vocational exploration in the Furman community.
  • Goal 4: We will create and maintain partnerships within the University and between the University and the Greenville community, for vocationally relevant theological education and service opportunities.
  • Goal 5: We will support the university's commitment to nurturing holistic development, reflective engagement, and enhancing the integrity of future religious, civic, and professional leaders.

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