I missed last week's photohunt in the whirlwind of Convocation activities. After three years of intense study...I now have my Master of Divinity degree!!! Woohoooooo!!!! I also received a couple of prizes, which was an unexpected honour. One was for achieving 1st Standing Overall in Old Testament studies, and the other was the Leadership Prize awarded by faculty for significant contributions to the life of our school community. My family is very proud of me! (To be honest, I'm quite proud of me too!)
Next leg of my journey is an 8 month full time internship. There are different scenarios for internship. Many students do their internship in a church where there is already a full time minister in order to benefit from on-site supervision and guidance. However, I've been approved for off-site supervision...which means, from Sept/14 - April/15 I will be "the" minister in the church to which I've been appointed. I'll meet with my supervisor once a week to reflect on my experiences and do some planning, and that person will also be a resource for me, since he's a very experienced minister (he serves the church in a neighbouring town.) Pending successful completion of my internship, and passing my final ordination interview next spring...I hope to be ordained into the United Church of Canada on May 31, 2015 (yes, I already have the date marked in my calendar! lol Ordination happens at our region's annual conference and those dates are set loooong in advance.)
Here are some pics from my Convocation...
Here I am having my degree conferred on me by our President. Or, to put it accurately, here I am being "admitted to the degree of Master of Divinity with all the rights and privileges thereto appertaining.":
Giving a joyful hug to my Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament as she hands me my degree document: To the left is one of our Pastoral Theology professors, who hooded me (with a masters degree comes the right to wear a particular academic 'hood').
Me and my awesome family. L-R: Jake (married to Sara), Moira, me, Sara, Dave...it is a testament to Dave's love that he endured having his photo taken, something he usually avoids like the plague! Without these amazing people, I would not have survived going back to school.
Me and my dear friend Valerie. She graduated from the same theology school and was ordained 24 years ago. (I'm a year older than her, by the way...it just took me longer to hear God's call to ministry!)
I'm one happy graduate!