On August 29–30th, we formally kicked off yet another academic year here at RTS-O.
Orientation and Kickoff Picnic
On Tuesday, we had new student orientation. We began with a short time of informal worship, where the “Grace Church Trio” provided a folk-inspired twist on some time-honored hymns, Dr. Lanier delivered a brief devotional from Ephesians 4, and Leigh Swanson offered prayer for the upcoming semester. Covenant Presbyterian Church kindly provided coffee and refreshments.
After that, Prof. Glodo shared his thoughts on what it means to “succeed” in seminary, and Dr. Lanier, Cheryl Mendes-Ellis, and Chrissy Boone introduced the new students to Student Life (and unveiled the new t-shirt). Lunch was catered by Huey Magoo’s. After lunch, the new students took a tour of the RTS-O library and then heard from president Dr. Scott Swain, academic dean Dr. Michael Allen, Leigh Swanson, Winston Miller, Lanny Conley, and Dave Veldkamp on a variety of topics related to RTS life.
We concluded the day with a dinner picnic for all new and returning students, faculty/staff, and their families—complete with a coloring contest for the kids, BBQ from Sonny’s, and high humidity. Many thanks to the dozens of RTS-O staff and student volunteers who made this day possible!
The next day (Wednesday), the academic year began with convocation in the RTS-O chapel. Prof. Glodo led us in congregational singing, and Dr. Swain gave his convocation address entitled, “Wisdom from Above: A Reformed Catholic Vision of Theological Education.” The text of his address will be published in a forthcoming volume of RTS’s journal, Reformed Faith and Practice.
Afterwards we all gathered for a community lunch, catered by Jason’s Deli. Let the new year begin!