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Thursday, December 20, 2012

12/20/2012

Today there are still some exams to be taken by students, first drafts for the seminary calendar for the 2013-14 year to be completed, end-of-the year annual appeals to be sent, worship to be done, and, of course, maintenance and food services to be provided. Faculty members work on future projects even as they wait for a deluge of papers and exams to be received and graded. At the same time, a certain calm has begun to descend on the campus. For one thing, classes are over and the last guest in guest housing has left.

In this time there are many things for which we give thanks. It may be most appropriate to begin with thanks for the staff that are at the heart of the Seminary community and for whom labor is service. One example is Debbie Hewson who is retiring after serving 12 years as a part-time member of the library staff. She is one of those who makes the library run: processing new materials, shelving, organizing, serving at the circulation desk. I give special thanks for her joyous personality that gladdens any gathering, surely amplified by being perhaps the only extrovert on the library staff.

Tomorrow, while on sabbatical, Ian Markham as Dean and President will host the annual Christmas luncheon at the deanery. This nicely gathers staff and faculty together to give thanks and to celebrate our life and work together, as well as the beginning of the Christmas season and a holiday break.

Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics