Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
If you’ve been on Trinity’s campus in 2018, you’ve seen a lot of heavy equipment and even more mud. Thanks to our new relationship with Capital, some long-deferred maintenance needs are finally being attended to. The biggest project is major repairs to storm drains – repairs that will prevent future water damage and allow us to use some currently unusable areas of Trinity’s buildings again.
Once the structural work is completed, there are plans to redesign the courtyard adjacent to College Avenue. In addition to providing a more accessible entrance to Trinity, new landscaping will create a pleasant space in which to sit, study, talk, pray, and contemplate the goodness of God’s creation.
“Under construction” is also a metaphor for our students whose faith lives and professional lives are developing throughout their seminary education. Last week internship supervisors were on campus for orientation together with the interns who will be joining them in ministry this summer. It was a joy to hear the personal stories of the supervisors for whom their own internship was a powerful growth experience and who are now committed to shaping similar experiences for other leaders.
Dr. Anne Marshall, our Director of Contextual and Experiential Formation, has been hard at work revising our internship manual. The traditional internship evaluation assesses competence in various areas of ministry as the intern prepares to return to campus for a fourth year of seminary studies. With our distinctive two-year internship, Trinity interns have the opportunity to move beyond basic competence to increased levels of expertise during a second year in the same internship setting. Trinity interns develop specific growth goals – addressing weaknesses, strengthening strengths, and expanding into new areas of ministry. Like our storm drains and our courtyard, these students are “under construction.” As are we all!
I hope to see at least some of you on campus Thursday and Friday for the Nelson W. Trout Lectures, this year featuring womanist theologian Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman from Yale University Divinity School. Details are immediately below.
The Rev. Kathryn A. Kleinhans, Ph.D.