Today the Seminary closes for Employee Appreciation Day. We divide into two groups. One heads off to play Top Golf; the other is going to get stuck in a room and try to Escape. The idea is that departments mix together. People hang out together. And we enjoy learning about each other.
My preferred model of "work-life" balance stresses the "seasons". When we are planting the seed, watering the crops (and keeping the weeds down), and bringing in the harvest, the days are long and hard. When the harvest is finally in, we should all enjoy a change of pace. Life should be less frenetic. We should be able to linger a while. And yes we should be able to have a day for play. This is that day. This day runs parallel to "summer Fridays" (three Fridays when the Seminary closes). The place needs to breathe. We all need to breathe.
So today is a thank you. But it is more than that, it is also an invitation to recognize the rhythms of the year. Commencement is over. Let us enjoy the pause before our DMin programs start up.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President