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My long-ago stint in seminary included:
- Barely surviving a semester of Greek.
- Forgetting lines in a dramatic reading of a W.H. Auden piece.
- An esteemed professor, in an aside, declaring I’d be a good preacher.
- Learning that learning was a lifetime endeavor.
- Rediscovering Jesus again. (And again.)
- Meeting beloved friends that are still friends.
- Arriving married, leaving divorced.
The last one is the punchline with a grimace; a shameful, unavoidably obvious truth.
My time at Claremont School of Theology, all in the 1970s, was a transformational journey. I was raised in a loving Christian family. I attended Sunday school since being “knee high to a grasshopper.” Though declaring my plans to become an attorney before high school started, the parallel nudge of ministry shadowed me. Law faded, ministry blossomed. And yet even with all of my background and support, seminary staggered me.
And some of that involved a divorce.Continue reading →