Faith in Practice

Students share how field education is shaping them for ministry
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Hope in Prison

Andre A. Samuels, ’18 MDiv, describes how his field education experience as an Intern Chaplain at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Crosswicks, NJ reaffirmed his call to prison ministry.

“It was revolutionary for me,” he says. “I went to the prison with the intention to instruct and give hope, but those young men were the ones who ended up teaching me, challenging me, and giving me hope.”
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Interfaith Ministry

Zoë Garry, ’19 MDiv, shares about her experience serving as the Christian coordinator for the Abrahamic Program for Young Adults (APYA) at The Chautauqua Institution in western New York, a 162-year-old institution that is committed to the spiritual, intellectual, and creative growth of its community.

“My job over the summer was to ‘be Christian’ and to live out my Christian beliefs in an interfaith community.”
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Learning Ministry in a Hospital Setting

Richard Anthony Anderson, '18 MDiv, details his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) rotation at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

“Field education allowed me to get dirt underneath my fingernails, to see whether I can do ministry in the real world. It gave me a chance to apply everything I had learned in the classroom and begin to discern my call.”
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Discerning the Voice of God

Thomas Dearduff, ’18 MA(TS), reflects on his field education experience at Mowbray Presbyterian Church in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Even when we don’t think we have what it takes to accomplish our call, the Spirit provides life, fills that which we have emptied, and makes us whole.”
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Communicating Across Cultures

Rebecca Gilmer, ’19 MDiv, shares about her field education experience at the Academy of Integrated Christian Studies in Aizawl, Mizoram in Northeast India.

“Little by little, we bonded as we got to know one another, and our hearts became knit together in unity.”
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Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Scholar and Theological Educator

Kathleen M. O’Connor, Class of 1984

“Informal time in discussion groups with faculty and students discussing feminist theological literature altered my views, excited my spirit, and greatly influenced my teaching.”