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We’re staying in the rectory of St. Simeon’s Episcopal Church in Croix de Bouquets. St Simeon’s sits within a high wall with its school at the back and the rectory across the parking lot. I am working on drawing a map of everything inside the wall for you, but it isn’t finished yet. The wall between the parking lot and the rectory is topped with broken bottles and two guards stand watch over the gates at night.
Haiti Blog Post 5- January 6, 2012- The Feast Day of Epiphany
Ricardo was one of the first children in the Nutrition Program. He is from Crochu, a small, poor town in the Mountains. Carmel brought his mother, baby sister Crystal and his other siblings to Croix-de-Boutique to try and save his life. Carmel and her team were very successful and his is thriving! He is now 10 years old and in the 3rd grade. He has befriended Kellaura and they play lots of cards together!
Haiti Blog Post 4- January 5, 2012- the 12th Day of Christmas
We have now been in Haiti for a full 24 hours. It has been so wonderful to see all of my friends and introduce them to Kellaura. I just feel comfortable here and very at peace. The pace is slow, there isn’t an agenda, and even though this is so against my personality, I am just with fine with going with whatever happens.
Haiti Blog Post 3- January 2, 2012- the 9th Day of Christmas
We leave for Haiti in less than 48 hours and I feel lots of emotions. I have never been for three weeks and I think I have a little anxiety about that. I know it will all be fine and I will love every second of my time there. I had the opportunity to Skype with Pere Val and Carmel yesterday. It was wonderful to see their faces and also the excitement in their eyes. They kept repeating to me, don’t worry. Just come down here, we can’t wait to see you.
It is the second day of Christmas and a little over a week away from our trip to Haiti. I heard from Pere Val today and they are very excited about our trip. He asked me specifically to bring some liturgical calendars for 2013. I am happy to oblige! I hope I will be able to Skype with him before our trip to iron out all the details.
I am more than thrilled to announce that my classmate Kellaura Johnson and myself received two grants to travel to Haiti for three weeks in January. We received grants from both the Episcopal Evangelical Society and The Seminary Consultation on Mission. We leave for Haiti on January 4th and will return on January 23rd.
Reflection by Josh Shipman, MDiv 2015, Diocese of Colorado following yesterday's visit on the seminary campus by Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori:
Reflection by Alex Easley, MDiv 2015, Diocese of Texas following Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's visit to Seminary of the Southwest:
Professor Emeritus Charles James Cook has recently completed "Striking Up for a New World: A History of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, 1970-2008". Seminary of the Southwest has published the book and is hosting a reception and book signing on Tuesday evening, Nov. 27.
Charlie is a native Texan, life-long Episcopalian, and 1974 graduate of Seminary of the Southwest.