What draws us back to Merton 50 years after his death is his haunting ability to unite the transcendent and the worldly, the inner and outer life with wondrous prose, occasional poetry and enduring spiritual insight.
Despite the concerted and often sacrificial efforts of the president, the trustees and others in the seminary community, BTSR in the final analysis was simply unable to reach the critical mass of students necessary to be sustainable. Enrollment had been declining for years, and minimal upticks were not enough to justify the cost per student.
When the visionary rhetoric of a vibrant future collides with the realities of established precedents, facilities, job titles or traditional methods, the result is conflict. This is where many congregational visioning processes get derailed.
Gratitude is an essential practice that positions us to receive life’s blessings and burdens with openness and trust. Giving thanks with a grateful heart is transformative.
Pray regularly for your pastor, week in and week out, because discerning and speaking a word from the Lord is an ever-present challenge and sometimes a heavy burden.
The latest from our readers: • We ungraduated BTSR alums wonder: Won’t you be our neighbor? | Chris Crowley, Richmond, Virginia
As an ungraduated BTSR alum, at the moment, I am relating to the man in the ditch from the parable of the Good Samaritan.
It amazes me to hear people talk about immigration reform when they have never met an immigrant. Until we stop seeing immigration as a problem and start seeing immigrant people, whether documented or undocumented, as persons created in the image of God, we will never do what is right.
Firearm violence is more than a national problem; it a national disgrace that increasingly defines our national identity, our common humanity and our ‘witness’ in the world. If history is any indication, little or nothing will change in the land of the free and the home of the targeted.