Students Corner - A New Era
Written by Greg Stevens, M.Div. student
My friend and future Unitarian Universalist minister, Meagan Roehburn, waved a colorful banner above her head alongside student Evan Neel, a future United Methodist minister, adorned in all white, who directed the inaugural procession with a white dove that frolicked across the clear blue sky.
Cloaked in academic vestments, the incarnation of my bookshelf – Monica Coleman, Sheryl Kujawa Holbrook, Roland Faber, John Cobb, Rosemary Radford Reuther, and many more luminaries from Claremont School of Theology – marched through the Chapel Lawn ushering in the beginning of a new era in the life of CST.
This new era began with the October 23rd celebration of our new president, Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan. As a CST student pursuing ordination in the Disciples of Christ, I could not be more excited for the future of our institution.
Resident Bishop of the UMC Desert Southwest Conference, Robert T. Hoshibata, says Dr. Kuan “offers a unique blending of theological and pastoral gifts that will be appreciated as he leads us with deep faith into our future, firmly grounded in our United Methodist Wesleyan heritage.”
Nurtured by scripture, tradition, experience, and reason, Dr. Kuan’s vision for CST will help prepare my life as a minister through an education that enfolds leadership and scholarship with a strong service ethic.
As I stand at the halfway point in my M.Div. career, I can taste the sweet victory of ordination. And I will have the joy of being ordained with a degree from an institution that values academic rigor, intellectual diversity, and the vast multiplicity of religious thought. I am enjoying this adventure and I am excited to journey with Dr. Jeffrey Kuan, who boldly lights the future for Claremont School of Theology, and theological education in the 21st century.
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