One of the most memorable and impacting experiences
for Master of Divinity students is their Synthesis Studies course, taught by Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor. The
course is the capstone of their practicum and is designed to assist
students in the integration and articulation of their gifts and limits
in relation to their ministry as leaders. The course stresses the synthesis of theological study, ministerial
experience, as well as personal and spiritual growth.
At the end of the Synthesis, students give a closing presentation, revealing just a corner of all they have learned throughout their experience in the Master of Divinity Program. Students articulate what is at the heart of their theology as a minister, along with the insights and convictions they have explored throughout their studies. As they explore their own theological grounding, they share themes and topics that make up their "ministerial identity." Students express
their personal spiritual experiences and wrestling, alongside the
knowledge that key theologians have given them over time.
Faculty, staff, and students
along with family members are invited to come watch these moving, inspirational
and meaningful presentations. The presentations uniquely express, in the voicing of each individual student, the school’s
"three-legged stool" or "core of the curriculum" of academic excellence, spiritual rootedness and professional competence.
Some of this year’s
Alfredo Feregrino articulated his value of hospitality and inclusion as rooting his "ministerial identity." Alfredo ended his presentation with an original song. Some quotes here from his presentation: "Hospitality and inclusion are the strongest theological connections in my ministerial identity." - "When we experience grace, we experience the reality that we have the ability to give ourselves to others." - "Faith is a gift, but faith is not automatic. Faith is a practice, an exercise."
Congratulations to our Master of Divinity Class of 2013. We celebrate each of your hard work, as well as those family and friends that have supported you along the way.
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