I am delighted to begin my 5th year as a Cohort Leader. For me, the low residency option gave me the opportunity to earn my MDiv and to continue my life-long (36 years) community ministry as a weekly community newspaper publisher. The flexibility and student-centered learning of Starr King’s pedagogy has been such a blessing and grounding for my newspaper and parish work.
Finding the intersections of community work and our ministries is so important in light of the changing nature of our religious organizations. These cohort groups (linking all residencies of students) are a fundamental building block to that change and are a joy to be a part of. I look forward to our year ahead.