“Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he? Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I have sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” John 4:29, 35-38 (NRSV)
New Student Orientation is an opportunity for you to Come and See for yourself what the School of Divinity is all about. As you are provided with resources, expectations, and access to the divinity school, we want to encourage you to simply be present throughout it all. Just as the Samaritan woman invites the others from her town to come and see what Jesus is doing, we invite you to come and see the work that Wake Divinity is doing. We feel that it is important to let you make your own judgment and decision about your future, and we want to provide resources to make such decisions possible. Orientation is a chance to make you aware of everything our community does, so that you can join in where you are most passionate. Everything that we have done as a community and everything that we will do is dependent on the work of students.
In coming to Wake Div, you will “see greater things” than what could have been told to you by others (John 1:50). While the campus visits, brochures, emails, and phone calls that you have experienced so far have given you some idea of the Wake Divinity community, Orientation is really the first time that you will be immersed in the life of the divinity school. By showing up and being present, great things can happen. We simply want you to take the first step – Come and See.
As you take the first step, we hope that you see the work being done and discern where you can join in. John 4 provides sowing and reaping imagery and speaks to work done before harvest, and we want you to witness what the current students are sowing and reaping. This scriptural pericope and theme encourage you to learn more about and engage your authentic self while matriculating through the MDiv program. Our program is designed to equip you with many ways to do it (coursework, organizations, Office of Spiritual Life, counseling, chaplains, etc.) and will give you opportunities to find and follow your true calling. You will be exposed to mission and ministry done by current students and alumni in ways that will invite you to imagine your own ideas for creative ministry.