About the Theme
This Is Us: Unique, Understanding, Unapologetic
What better way is there to begin an orientation than with an honest presentation of who we are? However, before we can answer this question, we need to know more about who you are. Each person that enters this program offers a perspective and energy that is irreplaceable. Many have come before and forever influenced the direction and atmosphere of Wake Div. We will do our best to introduce you to the ecumenical culture, however, we look forward to the many ways in which you will enhance it. While you may not know it yet, you too will shape this space by knowing, seeing, accepting, and being yourself. As a first year student, you will be challenged to explore not only your own beliefs, but those of others. “This is us” captures the essence of Wake Divinity and welcomes everyone into an understanding, yet, uniquely unapologetic community.
Here at Wake Divinity, we seek “to cultivate a community of learners that celebrates diverse religious, racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, and sexual identities and that fosters accessibility for all of its members.” The efforts taken to hear varying perspectives, both inside and outside the classroom, present opportunities to experience the full depth of who we are. With a mission to create agents of justice, compassion and reconciliation, we seek to cultivate critical thinkers that transform the world around them.
This is Us embodies the self discovery that comes with attending Divinity School and experiencing all it has to offer. Orientation will birth new friendships, connections, and support systems that will have a lasting impact on your journey. In a way, “this is us” cannot be fully portrayed until we see you in August! Until then, contemplate these scriptures as you await the next step:
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:12-17 (NRSV)
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. – John 15:12-15 (NRSV)