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Time:10:16 pm
Hello everyone!
I don't know exactly why it never occurred to me to search for a Methodist community on here before, but I just found you!
My name is Kristi. I was raised in the Methodist church and am planning to start on my M.Div. at Drew University in August. I'm still discerning exactly what I'm going to do with that M.Div., but ordination as a Deacon is in the mix. I'm excited about it, but I'm also pretty nervous! It's been a few years since I finished my undergrad degree. Eek!
I don't have time to post as often as I once did, but I want to join the discussions when I can.
I just wanted to say hello rather than start out and remain a lurker. ;)
Looking forward to the community!
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rowlena_rose
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Time:2010-05-31 04:35 am (UTC)
Hi Kristi i'm starting my M.Div at Drew starting in August also!!!!
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cloudkucooland
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Time:2010-05-31 03:29 pm (UTC)
rowlena_rose : LOVE the icon. Kiki is my favorite movie, I named my car Kiki :D

both: I did my M.Div at Perkins and am now doing a Ph.D. in systematic theology at SMU (the distinction between the religious studies program and the school of theology is confusing, but real).

springdove: I'm not putting down the M.Div for deacons, but why not do an MTS and a masters in whatever field you want to specialize in? I know, two masters sounds like a lot of work, but an M.Div is about 2 masters worth of work. I'm all in favor of having well trained, specialist deacons. Elders, because of the nature of our polity, tend to be generalists and lack in training about a lot of things (finance, music, etc) that specialist deacons could really help with.

I know that discernment is hard, hard work; I'm not telling you your call, just giving my view on the role of deacons (something the UMC is still figuring out).
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springdove
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Time:2010-06-08 03:32 am (UTC)
Congratulations on your pursuit of your Ph.D! That's a big step. Do you think you will go into teaching with it, or do you have other plans?

I've considered several different options in terms of degree, but I really think the M.Div. is the way I want to go. I like that it's a bit more generalized and well-rounded. I may go on to do more work in counseling, but I also know that the M.Div. does some preparatory work for counseling as well. Also, I'm not 100% sure that I want to become a deacon. I may find that the elder route is the right one for me. Or I may decide that neither one is right. Either way, I want the training that gives me the option should the time arise when it IS the right choice. Does that make any sense?

The thing I tell people (that makes many of them uncomfortable) is that I'm not entirely sure what I'm planning to do with this degree. However, I have faith that God is going to show me the next steps as I progress. I know that this is the right step currently, and I have to take it. He's been trying to teach me for the past, oh, 11 or so years to trust that He will show me what I need to know when I need to know it.
Thank you for your input, though! It's always good to hear others' ideas about things. :)
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springdove
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Time:2010-06-08 03:25 am (UTC)
Oh that's neato! I'll look forward to meeting you in person, then!
How are you coming along with preparing for it all?
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rowlena_rose
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Time:2010-06-08 06:29 pm (UTC)
I just got the health forms back from my doctor and its been a lot of paper! I also need to send out a request for a laptop exception (as I have a great one), but i'm not sure who to send it to as Dean Beach is retiring, oh wells. How is it coming for you?
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springdove
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Time:2010-06-10 03:39 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, I just refound the health forms a week or so ago. They had gotten misplaced among some other papers. I need to get the meningitis vaccine, as I've never had it. Other than that, I think I'm pretty close to squared away with the health forms. I need to send a request for a laptop exception as well. I'm quite happy with my little MacBook, and I could do with waiving that $600 fee, heh. :) Are you on the Drew Incoming Students Facebook page? I'll bet they could answer that question for you (and me!). They've been quite helpful. I also found out today that I will have a place to live! :D They had told me it was likely that I would be able to live on campus, but I couldn't help feeling a bit anxious about it until I got definite word. Now I can start to feel anxious about other things, like making friends and getting back into the swing of studying, and adjusting to the VERY different weather... ;) Maybe one day all of those verses about how we shouldn't worry will finally sink in.

Anyway, thanks, too, for your friend request on Facebook! Looking forward to learning a little about you before arriving on campus in August.
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