About the Theme
Single fibers are spun together by the Divine Weaver’s swift, skillful hands to form the vibrant threads of our lives. Each of us bears the Imago Dei, the image of God, in the colors and textures that comprise the still-forming tapestry of our experiences. Just as we are each uniquely gifted, no two tapestries of faith are exactly the same: different people and communities have nurtured our beliefs and been witness to the presence of God in our lives; those distinct images are woven into the fabric of our identities.
Just as our own lives are formed by an array of vibrant threads, so too is our Christian community. As our individual strands crisscross one another, we co-create with God the tapestry that is Wake Div, weaving in the image of God. Indeed, this communal weaving is diverse, filled with different hues, fabrics, and shapes. Though the image is one of unity, it is not one of uniformity. Because our backgrounds are at the same time complementary and contrasting, we draw out of one another that which others may not see. It is a profound gift, and Scripture reminds us that it is our calling.
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
— 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 12-13
The Spirit draws us together at this time, in this place to learn from one another as we seek to do the work of the church in today’s world. The Divinity School’s hymn, Draw Us Together and Make Us One, captures this image: “Draw us together and make us one—tapestries woven of vibrant strands, robed in a patchwork of rainbow hues, colors refracting the prism’s bands… Sisters and brothers in common cause, draw us together and make us one—fired by the Spirit with varied gifts, warmed by the Light of a single sun.”
These three years of divinity school offer us all a precious opportunity to reflect on our own vibrant threads and to tap into our gifts of ingenuity, of intellectual and practical imagination. Together, we are empowered by the Spirit as we create, innovate, and improvise, weaving together various combinations of our unique strands to do ministry in a broken and fast-changing world. May these tapestries offer others a glimpse of God’s image and tell stories of justice, reconciliation, and compassion.