Saturday, January 16, 2021

Back to School

Monday was my first day back to school in 20 years. I started classes for my Doctor of Ministry degree in Spiritual Direction through Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Garrett is located on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (just north of Chicago). January classes were supposed to be in person but due to the pandemic, they were all online through Zoom. The first class was an intensive this week, Spirituality, Diversity and the Global Landscape, and next week is another intensive, History and Theology of Christian Spirituality. Of course, I've already been reading for class since Thanksgiving (10plus books) and written four term papers already (I have four more due by February 19th). 

Daryl made sure I got my first day of school pictures just like the kids by the front door: backpack and coffee too! 

My classes are great! My cohort consists of 13 other people pursuing the same degree and we will be taking all of the same classes together for the next two years. Our next class will be online over the spring semester and then hopefully we will all travel to Chicago for two weeks of in-person classes in June. 

And my Christmas present to myself arrived on the first day of class as well: a handmade finger labyrinth, made in the Chartres pattern. This labryinth is one of the earliest labyrinths left, from somewhere around the 11th century. It's an eleven circuit labyrinth found in the floor of a cathedral in Chartres, France (outside of Paris). Davis and I have already had some opportunities to sit and use it to pray together this week. 


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