Thursday, May 10, 2018

This morning we have the Clergy-Police breakfast. This is organized out of the department for Church and Community Engagement. It was the political scientist Dr. Ashutosh Varshney who analyzed social eruptions in different cities in India. And a key finding was when there was a major provocation, those cities where there were strong pre-existing civic organization and partnerships did not disintegrate, but those where these partnerships did not exist did erupt.

It all makes sense when we build bridges in the moments of calm then when problems arrive there are mechanisms to keep the calm. This ministry of the Seminary is good and healthy. It models a service that every town and city needs. We need vehicles of conversation and mutual learning.

This all coincides with the good forum yesterday on the so-called "Blue Mass". I appreciated the thoughtful tone, compelling testimony, and different perspectives. We do well as a Seminary in talking through these questions. The secret of being in community is not finding ways to never have problems, because that is impossible, but in finding ways to talk through and resolve our problems. This is why we have a Clergy-Police breakfast. 

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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