This Week: April 30 - May 6

Published: April 29, 2012

A thought from poet T.S. Eliot for the end of the Academic Year 2011-2012:


With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

                                                            —from Quartet No. 4: Little Gidding


Little Gidding was first published in 1942. The last of Eliot’s poem series entitled Four Quartets, Little Gidding emphasizes the unity of past, present and future. Pentecostal fire is the primary image featured in the poem. The title of the poem refers to an Anglican community founded in Huntingdonshire in the 17th Century. The town was destroyed in 1646. Its church was restored in 1714 and again 1853. Eliot pairs images of this community’s cyclical destruction and restoration with similar patterns he saw during World War II. Can humanity’s persistent return to warfare be redeemed or replaced by an awareness of human connection across time and generations? Can the bombing of London be replaced by the fires of the Spirit?

From 1942 to 2012:  As we arrive at the end of a year of study begun eight months ago, in what ways have we arrived at where started and with what new knowledge?

Please note the following dates and deadlines:

  • Monday, April 30, 2012, is the last day to pre-register for the fall 2012 term for current students. After April 30, no changes to fall registration can be made until the first day of fall term classes. Also, all wait lists will be purged on April 30.
  • Our final community lunch for the spring term is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, and will feature a discussion related to ATS grant that bears the title “Christian Hospitality and Pastoral Practices.” 


Last Day of Classes: May 2, 2012
Exams are May 4 – 9, 2012
The Spring Term Exam Schedule can be found here. 
Commencement ExercisesMay 19 – 21, 2012
Summer Session I begins May 29, 2012
Summer Session II begins July 9, 2012


Blessings this week,

  Jill Crainshaw
  Associate Dean for Academic Affairs




Photo by Ken Bennett, WFU – The bell tower of Wait Chapel is silhouetted against clouds and sky on Monday, August 29, 2011.