I was deeply moved when I saw the topics of the articles in the Autumn 2020 issue of In Trust. Amy Kardash’s positive revisioning and reimagining of seminary education during the pandemic was refreshing and encouraging. It reinforced my belief that we must remain resilient during this season.
I matriculated through both predominately white and historically Black institutions, so I was curious to read “Resistance and Self-Determination.” It was great to learn more about the partnership between HBCUs and the In Trust Center, and to read in press what I already know from my relationships with my colleagues, who are the best and the brightest and who are also presidents and deans of historically Black theological schools.
I thought the “Masked, But Not Anonymous” observations and illuminations page was delightful and inspirational.
The issue has been informative and inspiring, relevant and refreshing. I look forward to reading upcoming editions.
Micah McCreary, President, New Brunswick Theological Seminary
May I commend you on your selection of Daniel Craig as an illustrator for your magazine! I ran across his work in In Trust providentially — our presbyteral office down the hall subscribes to it and had placed it outside on an end table. In a moment of stress and difficulty, I was encouraged and heartened. I found myself in complete admiration for the beauty and originality of his work. Thank you for printing it and God bless you in your endeavors.
Peter Waymel, Judicial Auditor, Catholic Archdiocese of Denver
Tod Bolsinger’s article in the Autumn issue includes very helpful and practical guidance for theological school leaders. It reminded me that the practices of good leadership matter more now than ever, and that we always need to be reimagining our roles as scholars, teachers, and administrators.
I don’t know if I can become more like an artist, scientist, and entrepreneur, as the article suggests, but I have certainly found the need to reclaim my voice as a pastor and spiritual leader during this time. In the midst of struggles and anxieties, students, faculty, and staff are turning to their leaders for assurance, comfort, and guidance. Chief executive and academic officers are often being asked to bring a word from God into their schools and into the lives of those they lead.
So, to lead through this disruption, we need to be and to do everything that Bolsinger describes, and so much more. Thank you for this article, and others like it, which invest in the spiritual leadership of our theological schools.
John A. Vissers, Principal, Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto
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