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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
I write now to acknowledge this difficult moment in our history and in our lives together at Garrett-Evangelical. We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ students, alumni, and friends and we give thanks to God for the undeniably fruitful ministries of these students and alumni, past and present. The seminary remains committed to safe space, to inclusive welcome, and to Christian hospitality for all persons.
Apr 28
In the midst of felt helplessness and despair against the “powers and principalities” we wonder, “What can we possibly do in the face of it?” Simple as it may seem, even naïve to some, my response is that we have to intensify our Christian living. We have to embody our call to seek justice at the city gates, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to feed the hungry, to visit those in prison, to care for the widow and the orphan, to clothe the naked, to offer drink to the thirsty, to pray without ceasing, to weep with those who weep, to stand together in faithful witness . . . and to welcome the stranger.
Jan 31
During this last week of Advent as we head toward Christmas Day and the season of Epiphany beyond it, I am reflecting once again upon the miracle of God coming to us in human form as one of us. I am always reminded of the great hope that is embodied in the birth of this particular child. A little boy “of color,” member of an oppressed and persecuted group of people who suffered a history of enslavement, and who found themselves once again the victims of an empire in control of their lives. Our Jesus, a boy who was destined to fight, in love, for justice and for the wellbeing of the downtrodden, even as it would eventually cost him his life. Ours is a great God who gives to us a savior and the promise of the ever-present, sustaining Holy Spirit.
Dec 19
Our Christian identities will best be reflected in how we respond to our feelings about this election. We are called to put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; to be tolerant with each other; to put on love, and to find ways to sing to God with gratitude in our hearts.
Nov 09
I am “mad as hell” and I am not alone. In late August, as the seminary community begins to come back together with the beginning of the fall semester, I will appoint a representative working group of students, staff, faculty, and administrators to identify more intentional, institutional responses that Garrett-Evangelical can make to these killings and to the systemic variables contributing to them including issues of racism, police brutality, and matters of gun control.
Jul 08
As Paul encouraged the church at Rome, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary does weep with those who weep. We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ students, alumni, and friends, with the victims of hate crimes. And, we stand committed to safe space, to inclusive welcome, and to Christian hospitality for all persons.
Jun 15