Everyone tells me that you can find your “calling” — the guiding force and vocation that will define your life — when you sit quietly and really figure out what makes you passionate about life each and every day. But sitting quietly has never been my forte, and introspection is still a work-in-progress for me. In fact, I needed two mentors to quite literally “call” me before I figured out what my calling had been all along.
These two friends could, at first glance, not have been more different. Paul Sorrentino is Director of Religious Life at Amherst College. Hedy Peyser is an experienced social worker and Director of Volunteers at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. The former is an Evangelical pastor. The latter is an Orthodox Jew. But both called me to become a Reform rabbi.