At the Eucharist on Friday November 30, we shall take the opportunity to commission and send forth the students who will be participating in Cross-Cultural Educational Programs (CCEPs) in January (and June, in the case of Building Dialogue group going to Jerusalem). The theme of "sending out" is deep in the DNA of the Seminary. "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel" is on the wall of the chapel. A CCEP is a window where a seminarian can taste the challenge and gift of encounter and journey.
Creating a liturgical moment to prepare for the trip is a gift. One wants travel surrounded in prayer. One wants the sense of the journey being much more than tourism, but instead a holy act of travel - more like a pilgrimage. So we have a commissioning. And we do so knowing that all travel involves some risk. From the journey from the Seminary to your home to the journey overseas, we seek the presence of God in that journey.
I am grateful for the remarkable team in the Center for Anglican Communion Studies that oversees the CCEPs. There is a rich array of opportunities at the Seminary. I am proud of those who arrange the opportunity; and I'm proud of those who seize the opportunity.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President