Alumni/ae and Friends

At Central we value our Alumni/ae & Friends.  You are our best ambassadors.  Watch this section of the website for the latest news from Central and for resources for your ministry and/or your congregation. 

Here's a message from Alumni/ae Executive Committee member Sharon Cantrell, MDiv 2011:


Sharon CantrellNo one prepared me for the emotions of ordination.  It was always a sacred goal, the culmination of hard work, but I did not anticipate the utter joy and grace that filled the room that day.  The air was full of the ruach- the very breath of God - I could feel it. I felt bathed in grace and love by those who came, cherished people I have loved and have carried in my heart one way or another over the years.

I think that must be what it is like to feel loved by our God; for it is through those around us, who love us that we begin to understand the depth of God’s love for us. 

My journey in seminary was much like my life . . . always seeking more, questioning. I learned to hear/feel the breath of God. I loved the journey and the glimpses of the Holy One in my life . . . not because my life was more holy, but because I learned where to look.  Around me . . .  I learned that while I was searching for God in the extraordinary, God was in the ordinary; that what we need is already inside of us, waiting for us to consent to be where we are.

I was musing over my ordination day (over two years ago now), and I realized how deeply I have missed my Central family, the staff, the faculty, my colleagues  . . .  and how I long to remain connected, to stimulate my thinking, to experience Central once more.  Perhaps you have felt the same.  Perhaps you too miss the inspiration, the dialogue, and the camaraderie we experienced during those days.

Central Alumni/ae wants to invite you to participate in a variety of activities to reconnect with colleagues and friends.  We would love to see you.  Here are some opportunities to get involved:

  1. Stock the Fridge -During finals week- May 12-16
    Do you remember the radical hospitality you felt when you started at Central?  During the week of finals, the Alumni/ae Association would like to find alums and/or churches who would volunteer to bring items to stock the kitchen. Think May!
  2. Alumni/ae Association Annual Banquet - May 16

Loving One,

We have had glimpses of your Holiness as we have gathered in this place called Central.  Gather us once more.  Remind us You are a God who wraps us in gentle care, and comforts us with a gospel of abiding love, for You have called us beloved  . . .  Amen


Contact Sharon Cantrell @ 913-909-2126 or Robin Sandbothe @913-667-5708, if you are interested in more information.