About the Theme

What does it mean to piece a puzzle together? The process is both tedious and fun as you discover the placement for a multitude of diverse pieces in hopes of designing something much bigger. Each piece must be attended to individually. It must be closely examined and cared for so that it can be perfectly matched with others. Sometimes pieces must undergo several different avenues of placement before the unique fit is found. This means that no one piece can take the place of another. Every piece has a distinct and necessary purpose – it is the only one of it’s kind. When all the pieces work together they create something beautiful and even greater than their individual design. Collectively, they form a masterpiece. The amazing thing about puzzles is that, even when they are complete, the lines of connection are still visible, a testimony to the energy that went into the process.

Here at Wake Divinity, we are in the ministry of piecing the puzzle. This intentionality can be witnessed in our culture, classrooms, and community. We are committed to ensuring that every unique voice or piece is heard, affirming the divine beauty in each member of our community. We value hearing one another’s stories, journeying together as we discover our vocational call, and encouraging one another along the way. We truly believe that the puzzle of Wake Divinity is not complete if someone is denied a seat at the table. Our mission of justice, compassion, and reconciliation, is one that aims to ensure that all pieces are present and working together. Through the expanse of our academic programs, extracurricular opportunities, and ministerial networks, we labor tirelessly in hope that those who enter this place will one day leave with a greater sense of their unique fit in the divine image of human connection.

This August, the Wake Div community will celebrate the arrival of our incoming students and their unique gifts, experiences, and passions. It is our hope that each student is able to enter this space and diversely add to the puzzle as their full, authentic self. Our collected image will be one of unity rather than uniformity. This truth is profoundly illustrated throughout Scripture:

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,  so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans 12:4-5)

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3)

Together we can attend to the God-given shape of each individual in our midst. Only then can we truly piece the puzzle.