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Transcending Geographical Boundaries to Find the "Sacred"

Reflection from Marci Wilson-Boggs, MDiv Student, Class of 2020   The Worship Class we experienced in the fall of 2019 via Zoom was a great opportunity for us to transcend the boundaries of geography to determine what we decided collectively would be "sacred." As we studied the liturgies across history, we were able to let go of...
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Transition to Online Teaching Seamless

Dianne C. Shumaker Assistant Professor of Peace and Justice Dr. Ruth Lofgren Rosell Reflects on the Relevancy of Central’s Innovative MDiv Curriculum  When the pandemic hit and there arose the need to socially distance and shelter in place, many schools and seminaries were left scrambling as how to proceed with the process of education.  Such...
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A Central "Cloud of Witnesses"

A Reflection from Central Alum. Rev. Tyler Tankersley, Pastor of Ardmore Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC Not long ago I was driving to visit a member of my congregation who lives about an hour away in rural North Carolina. I plugged their address into my phone’s GPS app and turned on some music. The robotic voice...
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For Such a Time as This

A Reflection from MDiv Student Debbie Giese  April of 2020 finds me in places I never thought I’d be. One, clearly, is being under quarantine during a global pandemic in a country that can’t agree on anything. The second is preparing for my third term as a seminarian at CBTS.   Shortly before my 52nd birthday,...
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A Foundation for Thoughtful Navigation and Critical Engagement

Landreneau Guillory Professor of Biblical Studies Dr. David May Reflects on How the MA(TS) Degree Prepares Students for Leadership   The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree provides a path of exploration and engagement for those persons open to new ideas and perspectives.  In a changing world where theological and religious questions are raised both explicitly...
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Worship Online?

A Reflection from Women's Leadership Initiative MDiv Student Andrea Huffman I remember being flabbergasted when Central announced that our Worship Leadership course would be online. “How do you learn to lead worship online?” my classmates and I asked incredulously. We had been attending Central for three years, and half of our classes met in person...
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50th Anniversary of Earth Day: A Reflection

by Rakmi Shaiza “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 4:24.   I only came to hear about Earth Day after I moved to the USA. Back in 2002, I came across a small book in the library about it published by the United Nations. After reading the...
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Holy Saturday - Liminal Space

  Holy Saturday, situated between the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, is what might be called liminal space.  It is an in-between time that bridges what was, to what will be.  It is a transitional time between what is known and has to be let go of, and the unknown future. The friends...
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A Lament

  "My God, my God, why.........?" Why has our world been turned upside down, as wave after wave of crisis and grief crash over us? Why the betrayal, the dissonance, the difficulty grasping what has happened? Why the escalating deaths, untruths, and incompetence of leadership? How long, O God, how long? How long will the...
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Seeking Truth - A Reflection for Holy Friday

Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands at a distance; for truth stumbles in the public square, and uprightness cannot enter.  Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled.  The Lord saw it, and was displeased that there was no justice.  (Isaiah 59:14-15, NRSV)   Pilate asked Jesus, "So you are a king?" ...
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