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.
Central DMin student
I am a bridge builder who reaches across theological, geographical, and cultural divides to relate to people and pastors in many different kinds of situations, always bringing people closer to each other and closer to God. I am someone who listens deeply and responds out of a recognition of God’s giftedness in each and every person before me. I am someone who cares widely and looks for ways to be attentive to God’s ever-abundant grace in our midst.