The Rev. David Boyd, rector of St. David's Episcopal Church, Austin Texas, spoke to the students in Southwest's course "Living into Mission: Leadership challenges of today's church" on March 6.
David's presentation titled, "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going" from a prayer by Thomas Merton, addressed lessons learned from his years of ministry, including the importance of forming a colleague group with which to share successes, failures, joys and challenges of ministry.
Follow on live stream from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. CST. David Boyd's presentation is "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going" (From a prayer by Thomas Merton).
The Rev. Morgan Allen, rector at Church of the Good Shepherd, Austin, spoke to the course "Living into mission: Meeting the leadership challenges of today's church"
We are a part of God's story. We each have a story to tell.
What is your story?
(Note: a revised version of this entry appears at http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2012/03/09/3449775.htm)
Morgan Allen began ministry at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Austin in May of 2009, after serving parishes in Louisiana and Texas, as a priest, deacon, and lay professional. Born in Monroe, Louisiana, and raised in Shreveport, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Louisiana State University and received his MDiv from Seminary of the Southwest. Morgan and his wife, Missy have two children, Michael Stephens and Mary Virginia; an old beagle named Buddy; and several 1972 Buick Gran Sports.
On Saturday, February 18th, Seminary of the Southwest hosted the third annual Central Texas Colloquium on Religion conference, where students and professors from SSW, UT, Baylor, and Abilene Christian University gathered to exchange ideas.
While listening to some of these papers, I found myself pondering again the question that the Colloquium always brings up in my mind: what do theological studies and the study of religion have to offer to one another?
The Rev. Kathryn "Kai" Ryan is rector of Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Dallas. She was the first presenter for the spring 2012 elective course, "Living into mission: meeting the leadership challenges of today's church" co-taught by Professor Kathleen Russell and Dean Douglas Travis. Kai addresses the question: what is the missional reason for pursuing multiculturalism?
Welcome to the inaugural post for Seminary Blogs. Various items of interest will be added over time. We look forward to your joining the conversation.
For the past several weeks, I've been feeling an absence in "greater Metropolitan SSW," and I decided today to go investigate. Many of you who have lived in the neighborhood for a year or more will remember Mr. JC, the aging African-American caretaker who can be seen most weekdays from 8:00-4:30 leaning on the brick wall in front of the doctor's office at 805 E. 32, or taking care of the lawns up and down the side roads there.
The God of Scripture is a God of movement--a God who comes, and then a God who goes. We see this especially in the New Testament, where Jesus shows up by a boat, but then doesn't say, "Let's sit here where you feel comfortable, on the boat, and chat a bit." He says, "Follow me." And then he leaves. It's why he speaks in parables and insults women from Syro-Phoenecia too I think--he withdraws meaning, and he withdraws blessing. And then he waits to see if they will do the hard work of following, or give up and go elsewhere.