The Mercer Commons was created in 2000 with a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. for the "Theological Exploration of Vocation." The Commons is focused on helping students recognize their life's calling in light of their faith, education, and abilities. It aims to bring all the eleven colleges and schools of Mercer together across diverse disciplines over their common concerns and to help refocus all units on our unique institutional character and ethos.
The Commons sponsors meetings and symposia and supports academic scholarship and publication. In close partnership with the University Minister, Senior Vice Provost for Service-Learning, and First-Year Programs, it also identifies ministry opportunities and develops leadership programs for students. It infuses faith and vocation perspectives into orientation, the curriculum, and advising.