Through May, Wake Divinity will be introducing members of the graduating class of 2016. Click each picture for the full story.
Meet Emily Hedrick, and read about her powerful experiences through #WakeDiv’s Community Worship and why her 9 year-old self is jumping up and down as graduation approaches.
Third-year student Kenneth Pettigrew says his time at #WakeDiv has been an incredible journey. “This degree offers tangible expression to my struggle to reconcile personhood, calling, and the birth of vocational identity.”
Third-year student Pia Diggs says that #WakeDiv has reaffirmed her place as a black woman in ministry. She plans to pursue work centered around holistic health – body, mind, spirit.
Third-year student Lindsey Altvater Clifton says one of the most integral parts of her time at #WakeDiv has been serving on the Community Worship Committee. “Worship, ritual, and liturgy captured my imagination and I learned to trust my calling to use these tools for pastoral care, community building, faith formation, and justice-seeking.”
From powerful communion experiences to inspiration from her coursework, December graduate Larke Blanton says earning her M.Div. has been empowering. When asked how she plans to use her degree, Larke says, “in a way that makes me come alive in who God created me to be.”
Graduating student James Harris came to #WakeDiv intentionally putting himself in an unfamiliar situation with people who did not believe or affirm the same things he did. “You might face disagreement, you might get in heated discussions, but this is an environment where everyone is hashing out their beliefs and you are the one to contribute to making it a place where tough conversations can be had.”
Daniel Potter says #WakeDiv’s innovative classes have helped him to explore the depths of worship and his role as minister in shaping liturgical theology. He also recalls the impact of one particular worship service. “I still hear the echoes of that music in my soul and feel its powerful rhythms rattling in my bones.”
Graduating student Angel Lee chose #WakeDiv after meeting and talking with Professor Veronice Miles in a hair salon. Reflecting on her three years in the M.Div. program she said, “Wake Forest has enabled me to view God in new ways, opened my eyes to the struggles of other marginalized groups, helped me to understand myself better, and gave me new spiritual practices.”