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The Joys and Challenges of Joint Ministry

Back in the mid-90s, I went off to college sensing a call to ordained ministry, but I had no idea what that could mean for me practically.  Then, I watched the Campus Chaplain (who, as luck would have it, was an Episcopal Priest!) minister to my college community and I knew this is how God could use me too.  I then proceeded to spend 10 years at various universities, accumulating degrees.  So I feel like I know all too well what students are facing as they navigate the halls of academia.  And, having been both a TA and an adjunct professor, I also know a little bit of what faculty experience.  So I guess you could say God has well prepared me for doing ministry on a college campus.

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Praying the Liturgy - A Literal Interpretation

Students who worship at the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center are not necessarily Episcopalian. In fact, many of them get their first introductions to a liturgical tradition via the Center. Because of their unfamiliarity with the tradition, some rather odd things can happen during the liturgy. Most of the oddities are non-consequential, but one student's interpretation of the Compline confession has made a lasting impression:

At the last Compline of the fall semester, I invite a student to lead the liturgy. Although he regularly attends this service, this is only his second time leading. So, rather timidly, Peter begins the service. With the first few lines handled well, Peter confidently reads, "Let us confess our sins to God." I make eye contact with him hoping to remind him to provide time for silent confessions before continuing with the corporate confession. Peter pauses for a beat, and then he proceeds by stating his confession aloud.

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Dear Freshman

Welcome to college!  You showed up on campus on a hot summer day with your parents and a minivan full of your effects.

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