Monday, April 22, 2013

Suddenly, the Seniors are starting to say their goodbyes.  On Saturday afternoon, the Seniors were saying their goodbyes to their Lay Committees.  And it was our opportunity as a Seminary to express our gratitude to those men and women who give generously of their time to support, reflect, and process with their seminarian.

The lay have a wisdom which needs to be central in the process of formation.  Ministry is a service to the gathered people of God, who need to be inspired, supported, and challenged into deeper discipleship and a deeper relationship with Christ.  The Lay Committee is the vitally important space that enables a seminarian to have feedback about her or his impact in a congregation.  This is where the rubber hits the road; this is the connection where ministry in a congregation becomes real.

As I visited each table in Refectory, the men and women on the lay committees spoke with real affection about the many good qualities of their seminarian.  I lost count of the number of Lay Committee Conveners who wanted to keep their seminarian in the congregation.  The fan club was mutual.  It is an amazing program, which is appreciated by both the lay members and the seminarian.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to express my admiration for our Director of the Field Education and Second Three Year Program - the Rev. Dr. Allison St. Louis.  Allison does this work with enthusiasm and remarkable skill.  And I know she would want to recognize the hard work of Ms. Carol Jubinski - the Coordinator for Field Education and the Second Three Years.  Together, they make a remarkable team.  Thank you to you both.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President