The 2:42 Housing Vocational Experience

Funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

October 2017 Update: We are pleased to announce that First Pres  was awarded a five-year $50,000 Lilly Sustainability Grant for 2017–2023.  This grant allows us to continue the 2:42 House Vocational Experience (HVE) that was started with Lilly grant funding received in 2014, and it supports First Pres as we establish sustainable ongoing funding for the project. Read more about the 2:42 HVE below.

In September 2014, First Pres received a three-year $97,000 grant for The 2:42 Housing Vocational Experience: A Theological Exploration of Vocation for Campus Ministry.

The 2:42 House Vocational Experience (HVE) is headquartered in the 2:42 House (based on Acts 2:42, “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...”), located on church property and in the heart of the Berkeley community. The primary purposes of the HVE are to:

  • cultivate an intentional, outward-looking Christian community
  • invite students into a more robust and thoughtful Christian faith
  • offer experience in a variety of ministry areas
  • introduce a uniquely Christian vision of vocation

Our goal is that students will finish their education at UC Berkeley equipped beyond their respective majors, with a redefined and reinvigorated view of vocation that affects how they see their Creator, themselves, and the world, as well as demonstrated skills and experience to help them live into that vision. In addition, we hope students will come away with a stronger sense of the importance of inter-generational community. Most importantly, we want each student who completes the HVE to be able to better discern God’s unique call in their lives, in ways that will move them beyond merely “getting a job” to discovering rich resources for lifelong Christian stewardship and vocation.

How is the 2:42 House program doing? Read our 2016 Program Report and 2015 Program Report and learn more about this ministry to encourage students to deepen their Christian faith, better understand a uniquely Christian vision of “vocation,” and integrate the two into a holistic life.

For more information, please contact Ryan Pemberton, Minister for University Engagement, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 264 or ryanp@fpcberkeley.org.