Monthly Archives: October 2014

Preach It, Sister!

Miho

What does the Reformation mean to our community anyway?

Thursdays in Chapel are the days when Senior M.Div’ers brave the meaning of community by sharing how the Gospel

speaks to who they are, especially as Seminarians.

And Miho did that so eloquently, and so full of humor..

“It was already Sunday afternoon, and I still had a blank page on my computer screen. 

You know what I am talking about.  Due dates and assignments. 

And somehow we have to complete the assignment often at the last minute. 

Friends, this is called seminary life.”

If you weren’t laughing at that moment, you just obviously did not understand..

“Panic, feeling overwhelmed, and frustration.”

One of the Middlers next to me called out encouragingly, “Preach it Sista!” 

” I was stuck and mumbling the question: What is Reformation to me? 

As a long-time seminary student,

I cried out to God,

“Help me Jesus, send me the active Spirit which stirred Luther in 1517, RIGHT NOW.”  “

Luther is still holding us to the task of challenging the wider Church

The wider Church is asking, struggling, journeying about how we, those who are called to be

Preachers

Teachers

Leaders

Can create sacred spaces so that those outside our community feel as welcomed

and share with us too, how the Good News impacts

revitalizes

renews

Re-forms their own lives

and how they impart their own wisdom

empowered by the Holy Spirit

to encourage who we have been called to be.

All human beings, regardless of age, gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status,

every human being has sinned and falls short of the glory of God. 

 Luther knew his limitations and brokenness,

so when the scripture spoke to him,

“all human beings are now justified by God’s grace as a gift,

through redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood”

 he was relieved. 

God, incarnate in Christ Jesus, took care of our salvation so that we do not need to be frustrated or stuck.”

Sometimes, hearing the Word Proclaimed through pretty awesome classmates, reminds us

that this is one portion of our journey.

and that God, Our Creator manifests and fulfills God’s mission

in so many diverse and beautiful ways.

Thanks Miho for your Word.

Excerpts from “Salvation is not for Sale” preached by Miho Yasukawa, M.Div Senior

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Melding with the Seasons: A Call to Ministry

Wordle: Discerning your Call

The seasons bring with it a time for discerning, for wondering and for questing-who we are, 

and who God, Our Creator has called us to be

There are moments along this spiritual journey when we, as seminarians and aspiring scholars need to be reminded

that the call to ministry in various forms still remain fresh within who we are, even when we are exhausted and restless

This week we had 15 prospective students join us in the classrooms and in chapel, sharing their stories

sharing how the Gospel reflected and resonated within who they were

and how that brought them into our community, brightening our fellowship for the moment

stirring up memories about when we had come to our own Seminary Sampler weekend

and who was instrumental in pulling, tugging us along to be a part of LSTC

And crossing that boundary of the unknown, trusting in the Creator

and the nagging call of a purpose

to serve in a community that perhaps did not look like us

or even celebrated the Creator God as we historically had

or sounded as we were comfortable in hearing

Except all we knew

is that Creator stirs within us

Holy Fire

so that we can speak the Word of Life

to a world who otherwise would be empty……

 

 


The Roller Coaster Ride that is Senior Year

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The changing of the seasons signals many things, and reminds us of the comfort and the rhythm of community.

Senior M.Div year of Seminary could be compared to your favorite roller coaster ride. All of your life, you have passed by this massive structure, watching the intricate twists and turns, hearing the joyous screams of delight and beaming faces of those who have just experienced the ride of their lives. They seem to cling to one another in a common bond and are engrossed in sharing stories of their favorite moment, oblivious to anyone else who has not had the same exhilarating rush. All your life you walk past the “Must be this tall” and walk away drooping your shoulders, until that one day-

you find yourself strapped in…

And the ride lurches you into reality

And you wonder were those screams of delight or just yowling in anxiety?

Each October, LSTC welcomes visits by several of our Bishops from a variety of Synods in the ELCA. For the past four years, myself and many of my classmates watched the Bishops from afar, enjoyed the free luncheon held mostly in the Refectory and listened intensely to questions, mostly coming from the Senior class. For the past four years, as we wandered to and fro from classes or to the library, we would see the Seniors in intimate classrooms chatting with a Bishop as they laid out their dreams and aspirations about first call.

Now, the seasons have turned, and we as Seniors are listening with interest and have the opportunity to experience this LSTC “speed dating” of future Pastor and Bishop. 15 minutes of fame, perhaps, of expressing who we are and hoping that perhaps that particular perfect Synod we were hoping for, that the Bishop remembers our name, or what our gifts could bring to their Synod.

And as reality settles in next to us on this roller coaster ride of our last year of Seminary, our hopes and dreams are weaved into the cacophonous skyline that blossoms out before us. We don’t know what will happen as we ascending to the tipping point where we will plunge seemingly into the unknown, but what makes this so overwhelming in a blissful way is that before us with Her hands outstretched, yelling exuberantly at the top of Her lungs is the Holy Spirit, reminding us that the Creator God has brought us this far, and will not leave us, nor forsake us, dissipating our fears and bringing us into the moment to enjoy this life, this Seminary ride and our journeys that continue.

God’s Peace,

your friendly neighborhood Blogging Seminarian, Kwame