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 currently in my second year in Brite Divinity School’s Ph.D. program in Pastoral Theology. The program is enriching and challenging, and is allowing me to explore research questions that have deep implications for me both vocationally and personally. Little did I know at the time of my matriculation, Central’s create program was preparing me for this unique experience. The curriculum of create, and the culture of Central, nurtured my deep interests in theological education, and equipped me for meaningful ministerial engagement. Because of create’s focus on praxis and innovative ministry involvement, I found myself uniquely positioned for various levels of engagement with the Church, communities, and the wider global context.