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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
On Saturday, August 12th, we learned of the violent and shocking clash in Charlottesville, Virginia, between members of a rally for white supremacist groups and counter-protesters - a situation that resulted in the deaths of Heather Heyer, two police helicopter pilots monitoring the situation from above, and injuries to 19 others. I have been reflecting in the days since on what this event means for our aspiration to be a servant seminary educating leaders who will work for the well-being of all persons and creation.
Aug 16
Nonetheless, it makes me sick, and angry, that we are still spending so much time and energy on this matter which is so far removed from the spirit of the “Sermon on the Mount,” or the call to make disciples of Jesus Christ unto all the ends of the earth, or the call to care for the poor, the naked, the hungry, the widow, the orphan, the imprisoned. I don't wear the bracelet, but really . . . “What would Jesus do?” Why can we not celebrate these calls to ordained ministry and give thanks to God for all the gifted persons willing to dedicate their lives to the ministry of Jesus Christ?
Apr 29