Last night was great fun. We worked hard to recreate 1823. We also worked hard to recognize change. So the celebrant (who found it so difficult not to move her hands) was the Rev. Ginny Wilder. It would not have been a women behind the altar in 1823. But the sermon from William Douglas reminded us that there are many continuities - a love of Jesus, a love of the sacrament, and a love of the church.
This special moment came in the middle of exam week. I was grateful to those that attended; and I understood those that did not. It is entirely appropriate that study was a priority. The fact that 1,823 days coincided with the Ethics exam still means that the Ethics exam matters.
Much of life is making these calls. Moments pass. We all have to balance the competing demands of the moment. Give to God these moments and decisions. Time is a gift: we need to recognize that there are many moments when we are deciding between competing goods and we have to trust that we make the right call for us in any given moment.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President