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Kairos Issue #184

Kairos Issue #184

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THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY 
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Extensions of anOlive Branch
I was requested by myCommittee on Preparation forMinistry to preach a sermon onEphesians 2:11-22, this summer.Ironically enough this passage isabout identity, peace and unity,three things that have plagued meeverywhere I turn for the last year.I mean plague in the best sensepossible.
After the trip to Egypt andIsrael/Palestine, I wrote severalarticles about identity. Eachexplored how cultures and peopledefine themselves and how oftenthese identities come into conflict.Coupled with the request by myCOPM to preach on peace andunity I feel I am being called towrite for Kairos under the title
Extensions of an Olive Branch
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After all, peace and unityare what help build community,help destroy walls between us, orthe hostilities that divide us.Unity is not easy and olive branches, much less trees are notalways the most beautiful plantsin the world. In fact, olive treesare gnarled and mangled, twistedand rough, so to talk aboutextending an olive branch in thename of peace is boldly riskingunity in the midst of ugliness.Doing my PCUSA exegesis examconfirmed my calling to writeabout peace. I exegete-d Psalm100 and came to the conclusionthat God is no ordinary Shepherd.Likewise, God is no ordinarypeacemaker. God in God’ssovereignty allows us to engage boldly and perhaps foolishly inacts of peace-making.
I hope to do this bold andfoolish ministry by finding unityin the midst of division, peace inthe midst of discord, and identityin the midst of mutual growth.
I hope to do these things bywriting for Kairos about things Isee on campus, in the community,and in the world. I hope to extendinvitations to others to engage inthe community. I hope to use“olive branches” to highlightunity while acknowledgingdifferences. I hope to extend graceand hope where unity may seemimpossible by writing about suchevents. I hope to invite others toreflect with me in this journey.
 Mary Elizabeth Prentice
An olive tree thought to be 1,500 yearsold in the Garden of Gethsemane .
 
© 2009 Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
 
ISSUE 184 WWW.AUSTINSEMINARY.TYPEPAD.PORTAL/KAIROS.HTML
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Fall Convocation
Tuesday, September 8, 200911:00 a.m.Shelton ChapelFaculty Address byRev. Dr. Allan Cole
Entering students - please stay in theChapel following convocation in order toreceive instructions for the signing of TheDeclaration of Intent during the eveningworship service.
Worship
Tuesday, September 8, 20097:00 p.m.Shelton ChapelPreachingRev. Dr. Ted Wardlaw
Worship, Sacrament of the Lords Supper,Signing of The Declaration of IntentReception following the service at VickeryAtrium of McCord Center
For the glory of God and to proclaim thegospel of Jesus Christ . . . APTS promotesand engages in critical theological thoughtand research; and strives to be a winsomeand exemplary community of God'speople.
 
— Austin Presbyterian TheologicalSeminary Mission Statement
 
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Kate Loveless is a senior MDiv student and a Candidate for Minster of Word and Sacrament under care of GracePresbytery. She has served as a Young Adult Volunteer inLiverpool, England and is engaged to be married.
This summer, I worked full-time at FirstPresbyterian Church in Fort Worth to fulfill mySupervised Practice of Ministry requirement. FPChas over 2000 members and is very involved inoutreach to their community. They are a uniquechurch for several reasons: all four pastors are underthe age of 45; they have two different campuses, one being in a transitional neighborhood and the otherthe main traditional campus; they have fourworship services on Sunday, ranging fromtraditional to contemporary and everything in between.
One of the reasons I chose to work at FPCwas also their incredible generosity in mission andoutreach. They have a social worker on staff, whose job is solely to coordinate the mission and outreachprograms. My main responsibility was workingwith the social worker to help run the Urban GAPsprogram.
We had six different youth groups come fromfour different states to stay at the church for amission trip and do ministry in an urban setting.They worked for agencies that addressed a varietyof issues in the community, mainly people livingwith HIV and AIDS, hunger, and homelessness.While this was my main responsibility, I alsopreached, led worship, taught Sunday School, didpastoral visits, and helped with Vacation BibleSchool.
I learned so much – not only from the otherpastors, but also from the staff and members. I hadmany chances to apply practically what I havelearned theoretically in my classes in a churchsetting.
My call also seems to have been clarified; thisis now the second time that I have been assigned todo urban ministry with youth. I was reminded howmuch I enjoyed being in relationship with youth,how passionate I am about their Christianeducation, and how grateful I am to be a part of their faith journey.
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Sally Wright is a Middler, MDiv student and an Inquirer for Minister of Word and Sacrament under care of New CovenantPresbytery. Sally spent his summer at Greek Camp and in theWilderness. She is one of two Middler Senators and a ReyahCoordinator.
Beginning seminary is an exciting time. It isexciting to learn the different editions of thePentateuch, the different sources of Matthew andthe date of the Reformation. But nothing bringsquite as much excitement as learning BiblicalHebrew and Biblical Greek. Being able to read andtranslate the original languages of the Old
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