In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Advent is a season of celebration and anticipation. During Advent, we prepare to celebrate Incarnation even as we anticipate God’s renewal of all creation. The Advent wreath is a meaningful symbol of the season. It reminds us that God’s love and creative presence know neither beginnings nor endings. Each week of Advent, we light a new candle on the wreath, over four weeks gradually building a fire of Gospel expectation and hope within the world’s darkness.
The last day of exams, December 14, marks the much-anticipated end of the fall term 2012. Of course, even as we here at the School of Divinity end another semester, our vocational work is not complete. We hear in Advent’s “voice crying in the wilderness” echoes of what we have heard in courses, internships, worship, and conversations throughout the semester: Advent’s promise that God is with us calls out to us to consider how we incarnate God in our own lives and work. Advent calls us to consider how our vocational identities participate in the promised and expected coming again of God’s justice and love. Part of the challenge and promise of theological education resides in the fact that our vocational identities—our identities as religious leaders—are always evolving even as the world around us changing. In Advent we can celebrate where this semester has taken us intellectually and spiritually even as we anticipate how all of the essays, lectures, exams, and books are shaping and will continue to shape where and how God calls us to do God’s work in the world.
An Advent Prayer:
God of Advent Light,
Give us courage to accept those journeys to which Advent calls us. As we peer expectantly into this season’s mangers, wherever we find them, may we know peace and be bearers of peace. As we travel closer each day to Christmas, may our pathways be illumined by your light and may we be bearers of your light wherever we go.
God of Advent Light,
Stir in us anticipation and expectation of your reign. Infuse us with your grace and send us forth to do your work of justice in a wintry world.
Note: We are still collecting items for the Forsyth County Jail and Prison Ministry where second year student, Brittany Varner, serves as an intern. The ministry can use toiletries of various kinds, including soap, toothpaste, and individually wrapped toothbrushes. Please bring your items to Susan Robinson’s office, Room 303B Wingate Hall.
|Thursday, December 11||8:30 – 9:30am, Davis Chapel||Begin the day with a few moments, 30 minutes, or an hour of morning prayer. Several students will be present to anoint with oil anyone who desires anointing and prayer.|
|11:00am – Noon, Lower Auditorium||“Contemplation, Coffee, and Krispy Kreme:” Take a few minutes to be nurtured by coffee and donuts, music and art. Mosaic has invited all of us to assist with artistically decorating Green Street United Methodist Church’s Welcome Table. The Welcome Table at Green Street and in other communities symbolizes inclusivity, diversity, and unity. Join us as we worship together and offer our gifts to the Welcome Table.|
|5:30 – 6:00pm, Rotunda||The day of prayer ends with a procession to an outside venue for sunset music, prayer, and communion. Worships should gather in Wingate Hall Rotunda. Chaplain K. Monet Rice will serve communion.|
|Winter Break||December 16 – January 15|
|Spring Orientation and Registration||January 13 – 15|
|First Day of Spring 2013 Classes||January 16|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday||January 21|
Note: Students who have not already registered for spring courses or who want to change their registrations will need to do so beginning on the first day of classes using the drop/add process.
Course evaluations are an important aspect of curriculum review and planning for future semesters. Students are encouraged to complete course evaluations for each of their courses. Evaluations can be completed through student WIN accounts. Students can access evaluations from December 10 through December 18. Faculty will have access to evaluation results beginning on December 20.
Blessings on the week ahead,
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs