A growing experience

Today we went began the day with going to Ocean Market.  It was intriguing to see how consumerism is consumerism no matter if the country is a capitalist country or not.  However, the noticeable difference that I was able to see was the attentiveness of the employees were to us.  I didn’t know if it was because we were noticeably foreigners or that is how they treat everyone.  In either case this was a form of hospitality that I am not accustomed to in a market.  Later, we were able to meet up with the CREATE students. It was interesting to see our two groups meet.  We were picked up and went to the Swanding Pagoda.  It was interesting to see how many people pilgrimage there from all over the world.  Once we were done we had a time to gather the group.  Once we were able to come together, we went for a meal.  Once on the bus I was able to notice the different dynamics between the groups.  The DMin folks are a little more quiet and reserved while our CREATE group is very extroverted and jubilant.  It reminded me of the team building dynamics that I have learned from the military; forming, storming, norming, and performing.  I sure hope we don’t have to storm.  However, I know that whatever happens, we will all have grown from this experience.
Jose Martinez

Central DMin student

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My Experience:

Tammy Bullock


The Nashville cohort just completed our first class with Dr. Molly T. Marshall at Conception Abbey and I am still processing all that transpired in my heart during that time. Being at the Abbey allowed us to share our stories and get to know one another in a way that enabled community to happen. The rhythm of prayer and quietude inspired the kind of contemplation introduced to us in the books we read in preparation for the class. Dr. Marshall’s focused discussion about creativity and spirituality enabled us to consider the road ahead and how we will practice spirituality as a community and as individual ministers in the work we do. I am honored and thrilled to be a part of the CBTS community. It is just the beginning and I am excited about what lies ahead!

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