Sunday, January 10
The Lord’s Day
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Minute for Mission:
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Theological students are a precious resource. Having been called into some form of ministry by God, they find themselves in seminary. The seminary experience transforms them. They are able to interpret Scripture and think theologically with new perspective and renewed energy after they have passed through our classrooms. And, one would hope, they are able to connect what they learn in the classroom with how they live and teach others to live outside the classroom.
At Union Presbyterian Seminary, we have an abundance of such transformed and transforming students. I cherish the opportunity to see them challenged by faculty, see them challenge faculty and student colleagues in turn, and live out the fruit of those challenges. I could write about so many. Let me mention two.
While students, Chris Burton (UPSem ’15) represented and Laura Kelly (UPSem ’16) represents our seminary on the Board of Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Community (RISC). RISC is devoted to matters of social justice like creating an affordable housing trust fund, establishing access to affordable health care and transportation access to employment opportunities, and working for the betterment of public schools. Chris and Laura, during their time as board members, became a link between RISC and the seminary, juggling time in the classroom with commitment to social justice and community organizing. They challenge student colleagues and faculty mentors to attend meetings, to populate rallies, and to raise voices for those who have neither the time nor the power to raise a sufficiently effective voice themselves. They recognize that a seminary education is more than what one learns in the classroom or the worship facility of a supervised ministry. They recognize that the faith that has claimed them longs to claim and transform the lives and social circumstances of God’s struggling people and struggling world. And so they teach even as they learn.
Brian K. Blount, president and professor of New Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
For all the students like Chris and Laura who, seeking to follow your call, seek also to call others to heed your prophetic charge to care for your people, we give thanks. Bless them and multiply their numbers.