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President's Blog

As Christians, we find ourselves again in the midst of Advent, a season full of anticipation. We celebrate the arrival of God’s promised Savior, the One who brings good news to the poor, liberation to the oppressed, and healing to the sick. It is a season of looking forward to new beginnings.
Dec 16
I remember being a child sitting in a pew on Sunday morning at Boulevard United Methodist Church, in Fort Worth, Texas. I was listening to a sermon about this parable—dutifully, of course—when the question came from the pastor, “Which of these servants was the more faithful?” In my six-year-old logic, I immediately thought it was the one who had buried his treasure because he had protected it just as it had been given to him. WRONG!
Dec 03
In October, our Board of Trustees affirmed a Community Statement for LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity that proactively affirmed our institutional commitment for full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons in the life of the seminary, the Church, and ordained clergy. This commitment has not and will not change. . .Garrett-Evangelical stands with our LGBTQIA+ students, and we will continue to prepare and equip all our students for transformational ministries in the variety of ways that God has placed calls upon their lives. This is Garrett-Evangelical’s mission and this is my promise to you.
Feb 28
Though the story is very familiar, each year something new can be discovered and a well-known insight deepened if we but quiet down long enough to be with God, to read a little, to reflect, and to be in fellowship with our siblings in the faith. Our Advent journeys are enriched by paying attention. This is not passive waiting.
Dec 13
For the last three years, our seminary community has engaged in intentional processes of information gathering, hosting guest lectures, and engaging in careful discussion and consideration on human sexuality. We have not sought full unanimity within the seminary and may never be able to claim such, just as the bishops could not do so with regard to “The One Church Plan,” but Garrett-Evangelical must now explicitly claim who we have been for some time.
Nov 13
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary stands in solidarity with the Jewish community as we mourn the loss of these congregants at Tree of Life, as we pray for their families and others who mourn with them, and as we continue to educate public leaders who will work for justice and for the well-being of all persons.
Oct 29
Many of you will know by now of the sudden death of Mechelle Moore’s 17 year old son, Erin Carey. He was the victim of a shooting incident yesterday and died at 1:14 a.m. this morning. Erin had just graduated from high school, an accomplishment Mechelle had actively supported and of which she was very proud. I want to express my appreciation to the quick responses of the Business Office and the Office of Student services for providing information, opportunities to sign cards to Mechelle, and times and space in which to pray.
Jun 19
There can be deep joy in knowing that as partners with God, we have played an important role in bringing God’s realm upon earth. We help bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to a hurting world. We faithfully work for the wellbeing of the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives and the incarcerated – for the wellbeing of all, specially the least of these.
Dec 19