THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY
A Weekly Newspaper Issue 191, Oct. 26 - Oct. 30, 2009
The Fourth I love you:
Stella Burkhalter is a Senior MDiv student completing a directed studyat a Methodist Church in Austin.
It snuck up on me, for it was so unexpected. I had justdone something deliberately silly at the church dinner andin response, one of the teenagers laughed and said, “I loveyou, Stella!” Just like that. Matter of fact. She barelyknows me. Plus, what I had done wasn’t all that funny. Ihad spent most of that day in the depths of a pity party,and that “I love you” from such an unlikely source ﬁnally jarred me out of it.I thought about it for a minute and I realized that wasn’tthe ﬁrst time that day someone had said, “I love you” tome. Earlier I had gone to campus to meet my spiritualdirection group and I hung around afterwards, reluctantto leave my indispensable source of strength. As I walkedaway, Lisa called out, “I love you!”My daughter thinks it’s weird that we say “I love you” toeach other in seminary. She heard me say it as I hung upthe phone with a classmate once, and it caught herattention. “I didn’t know you were talking to Dad,” shehad said. “I wasn’t,” was my reply. When I realized shewanted an explanation, I said, “That’s just the way we arewith each other in seminary.” I had forgotten howcountercultural that is.When I remembered Lisa’s farewell, I remembered that Ihad seen Shane on campus and he had noticed that I washaving a rough day. He had changed course and veeredfrom the sidewalk, deciding a wave from afar was notsufﬁcient. “I love you,” he had said as he hugged me, as if we had been best friends forever instead of people whohad had one class together last year. I was grateful for theperson he is.“That’s three ‘I love you’s in one day, not counting theones from my husband and kids,” I thought to myself.And then I remembered there had been another. Thedrama of the day had prompted a phone call to the pastor
© 2009 Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Invite to Write
Stella Burkhaltershares a reﬂection fromher directed study.
Reason to Celebrate
Roy Cotton, spouse of Karen Cotton ishonored for his work at Manos de Cristo
Extensions of an OliveBranch
Editor Mary ElizabethPrentice reﬂects onpeace, unity,community andidentity.
Page 2 & 3
Student Group CorpusChristi issues achallenge to thecommunity.
Capital CampaignCampus Improvements
Vice President forBusiness Affairspresents improvementsmade to the campus .
Unfortunately TheListening Project hasbeen cancelled.