Today is the Fall Visit Day. Prospective students arrive on campus. Academic Administration and Student Life (AASL) has been working hard to organize this day. The prospective students are nervously considering the possibility of Seminary. For almost all of them, this has been a season of deep prayer. Is Seminary in their future? Is this what God wants them to do?
Every student in the community has been there. We all remember what it was like. The campus is in so many ways confusing. The Welcome Center, the Flamingo, the Refectory, Admissions - where exactly are these places? If you are in one, then how do you get to another? The campus can be puzzling; Sparrow looks just like the Welcome Center, but it is in the wrong place.
So as we receive our guests, we start by welcoming them. We make sure every person we pass, we acknowledge. We ask if we can help. And we pray. We pray that this moment of discernment in a human life is a season of grace and hope. We pray that if we are going to part of their future, then this initial impression is reassuring and positive. And to those who are visiting, welcome to this Fall Visit Day.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President