This morning, I turned in the first of three finals for the quarter. As exciting as that was, it didn’t come close to what followed. In the MDiv Synthesis course, we’re required to give presentations and write essays on our presentations. By the end of a year-long process, all the MDiv candidates are supposed to be able to articulate their personal theology, the theology of their denomination, how they came to believe it for themselves, and how they plan to use it in ministry. Today, three of my classmates, who happened to be all women, gave their final presentations. It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life thus far.
Personal and professional, heartfelt and theological, encompassed with an all-surpassing love and devotion to God, these ladies are absolute all-stars. Two are seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, one is Roman Catholic. To hear these women speak their faith, share about how they wrestled through their ‘call’, and to witness such acts of utter devotion to God was, in the words of another classmate, “like the best worship service I’ve been to in a long time.”
All twelve of us in this class will join our friends from other programs in the School of Theology and Ministry in a commissioning service next week, and then on to graduation in June. “People, get ready, there’s a train it’s coming…” I can’t wait to see what these ladies will do!