Dear Seminary Community,
I pray that this reading week brings rest and renewal to each of you in the midst of a challenging semester. I have been encouraged and filled with gratitude by the many ways that our community has adapted to meet the challenges of this moment. Faculty have taken great time and care to move their courses to digital formats. Students have been creative and faithful in participating in community life through worship, QTeams, and gathering online. Administrators and staff have continued to keep our campus operational and our mission advancing. Together, we are taking the necessary steps to keep one another and our community healthy in this season.
While we had hoped that the public health situation would be markedly improved by this point, the rising virus transmission rates in our region and around the country make clear that we must continue to remain vigilant about our practices and health guidelines.
As we announced in July, the entire academic year will be offered through remote learning. This means that the January and spring terms will once again be fully digital. While this is disappointing to all of us, it is necessary to promote the health and safety of all.
Unless students are already living on campus, there will be very limited on-campus housing available for students to move to campus mid-year. This is because we must ensure that our housing occupancy rates do not exceed safe levels for health and wellness. Students with extenuating circumstances who desire to move to campus for the spring semester can apply for housing, based on availability. The housing office will be sending more information to students next week about this process.
Thank you for your continued diligence in abiding by our health guidelines and for your partnership in this season in countless ways. We all long to be together again as soon as possible, and yet as an expression of love for our neighbors and care for the common wellbeing, we must continue to remain vigilant in keeping our distance, wearing face coverings, and abiding by good health practices.
And yet we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God, who remains present with us and continues to keep us close as one body of faith.
M. Craig Barnes
President, Princeton Theological Seminary