Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It's Go Time

Wow, what a whirlwind of a year- we moved to Vancouver, have adjusted to a new city, country and congregation, . . . basically a new life. My Doctor of Ministry work at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis has experienced a gradual progression, I might emphasize, "gradual" : ) And now I find myself having completed my coursework for the D.Min. program. So it is "go time" on the dissertation research and writing. Prayers are appreciated as my advisors are encouraging me to finish and submit my work by February 2015. I honestly do not know if I can get it done, but it's nice to have some kind of target to shoot for. Before giving away too much regarding what my topic is, as it is still in the "pre-approved" rather than "approved" stage, I'll simply quote, . . . guess who? . . . Wendell Berry!

"But the fall of community reveals how precious and how necessary community is. For when community falls, so must all the things that only community life can engender and protect: the care of the old, the care and education of children, family life, neighborly work, the handing down of memory, the care of the earth, respect for nature and the lives of wild creatures."

-Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community, p. 133

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