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:

Joshua Smith


“The vocation of the “pastor-theologian” is one that appeals deeply to my personal sense of calling. I have never felt particularly gifted as a “shepherd pastor,” or a “CEO pastor,” but have always had an abiding spiritual curiosity that has led me to seek God both intellectually and in community. Working on a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree at Central gave me the valuable freedom to explore theology and biblical studies more deeply than I could have imagined. I not only learned how to conduct research in my field of New Testament studies, but I learned how to better form my own questions in search of answers. Central helped me to realize my own vision of making biblical scholarship accessible to the local parish, a vision that I hope to carry well into my future.”

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