Scholastica: A Feast of Ideas and Support

“Drawing the World Together” Advent Blog Series


By Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed

“Who am I?”

This question was at the center of our final shared conversations at Scholastica in the late fall of 2018. Each time we meet for Scholastica, it is a veritable feast of ideas and support.

People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13:29).

Central is celebrating Advent this year by exploring how Jesus is drawing the whole world together.

The theme is delightful description for our entire Scholastica Lunch Series. Each month of the Lent and Ordinary terms, women gather for Scholastica at Central’s Nashville campus. They come from many directions to hear some good news and find support for embracing God’s call to ministry. Each time we gather, women sit down to a good lunch and good conversation, and we feast on it all!

More women than ever are gathering monthly for peer support lunches. Speakers continue to give us excellent ideas to prompt our thinking and launch us into talking about around the tables about ministry.

The final Scholastica of 2018 was led by clinical psychologist, Baptist leader, and new Central Board of Trust member, Dr. Patricia Griffen. She invited the gathered chaplains, pastors, seminary students and other ministers to think about how women through history have been called to use their gifts and skills for ministry.

Dr. Patricia Griffen

Dr. Griffen asked participants to think about these two questions:

* Who am I?

* What people and experiences have shaped or influenced who I am today?

This Advent won’t you pull up a chair and think with us? Join us in this feast of ideas and support. Who are you in your vocation and calling (whatever your career might be) and who and what has helped to shape that call?


Rev. Dr. Eileen R. Campbell-Reed is Coordinator for Coaching, Mentoring & Internship and teaches in the area of practical theology for Central Tennessee. In her work with the Women’s Leadership Initiative, an MDiv program to prepare women for ministry, she began Scholastica as a ecumenical, peer support program for Central students, their mentors and other women in ministry in Middle Tennessee. Eileen is also Co-Director of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project and the founder and host of the new weekly video series: Three Minute Ministry Mentor.


Dear Friends of Central, as we observe this joyous season of Advent and then Christmastide, we give thanks that Jesus draws the whole world together. God has called Central to be a place where north and south, east and west, come together as the one Body of Christ to learn how the Gospel takes root in different cultures.

I ask you to give generously as the year-end draws near. Each day I give thanks for your participation in the world-wide mission of Central. — Molly T. Marshall

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