ULS President’s Newsletter | Summer Term 2018-19
Volume I, Issue 10
It’s the season of firsts at ULS once again. We had our first classes, our first Eucharist service on both campuses (I preached in Philadelphia while Dean Sebastian preached in Gettysburg), and the first of many opportunities for fellowship on both campuses for this academic year.
Our mailrooms are crowded with packages of textbooks while our libraries are filling up with ambitious students getting a jump on their assignments. I have had many opportunities this week to reflect on (and be reminded of) what a joy it is to engage with new and returning students of all backgrounds, eager to begin or renew their seminary studies.
I wish to offer my warmest welcome to our first-year students. I know that you have been embraced by the loving communities on both our campuses, and I know that you will be stimulated mentally and spiritually (both in and outside of your classrooms). In your time here, you will forge bonds of friendship that will last a lifetime and meet mentors you will remember every day of your careers as pastors, teachers, leaders and, eventually, mentors yourselves.
As for ULS, our firsts are mostly behind us. Our first class, first Eucharist, first graduating class and, yes, our initial challenges, are in the past. While we are welcoming a new class and enjoying the new beginnings and renewals that each new academic season brings, it is time that we, as an institution, turn to the hopes, dreams, prayers, and goals of the future. Rather than reveling in the uniqueness of our first unified year, we need to turn to the special task of preparing ourselves to “Unify, Learn, and Serve”.
This is an especially trying time for the Church in this country and the world. We are called upon to face challenges that Christians haven’t faced since the days of the Apostles, when a secular and idolatrous society practiced cruelty and indifference as a matter of policy. But we can seize the same opportunity the Apostles did, by demonstrating our sacrificial love to the world, by being the eyes and ears, the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, and healing the broken places in a flawed culture.
Again, welcome to a joyous start of the 2018-2019 Academic Year!
Just and merciful God, help us nurture our newest community members in the outpouring of our love. Help us recall our mission in these trying times, to love you, and to Unify, Learn and Serve. Help us to spread your love and your Gospel in this broken world. All this we ask in the name of your precious son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
Significant Events and Updates
- Participated in new Board Member Orientation for the Washington Theological Consortium
- Preached at chapel on the Philadelphia Campus
- Had one-on-one meetings with several students, faculty, and staff
- Met with the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees