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VOL. 9, NO. 2 ■ MARCH 2012 HERALDING NEWS FROM NORTHEASTERN SEMINARY Doug Cullum Academic Vice President and Dean, Professor of Historical and Pastoral Theology It is a joy to introduce this issue of ResOund. Here we highlight various expressions of Northeastern Seminary’s commitment to be a community of imagination. The year 2040 is the projected point at which North America will no longer have a single racial/ethnic group as the majority population. At the Seminary, we celebrate this new reality as a precious gift of God. By God’s grace, we are learning today what it means to move beyond narrow monoculturalism. We embrace the broad array of gifts that are ours as a multi-racial/ethnic community. We are learning it’s not “us-them,” or “host and guest,” but that we are all one as we live out our common humanity in Christ. At Northeastern Seminary, we seek to live the future today. We are making every effort here and now to be a sign of God’s new creation in a respect-filled community where we “affirm and learn from each person in our richlydiverse community of faith, regardless of such distinctives as denominational affiliation, ethnicity, gender, or age” (NES Core Affirmations). We are preparing women and men today to serve the world at our doorstep for years to come. As you read these pages, thank you for celebrating the wonder and beauty of God’s work among us. And, especially, thank you for being part of this community of imagination. Tom Worth M.Div., C4, D.Min., C1 I have been making trips to Bulgaria and Eastern Europe for the last 20 years. When I enter a home in Bulgaria, the first thing I do is take off my shoes. My host will say, “Please, please, leave your shoes on,” as a sign of respect to me. But it is necessary for me to trump that with my insistence in taking them off. In this way I show respect to them and their home. Having fulfilled this ritual, they usually offer me some house slippers. And when someone trusts you enough to allow you into their home, you really are on holy ground. It’s not enough to be the man or woman of God and stay in the local hotel and have good meetings. Since we are friends and equals, the Bulgarians want to share their living spaces with us. Only when you are on a person’s home turf do you truly get to know them. And only then do they get to know you. While we tend to be task oriented in the West, the most important factor in missions to Eastern Europe is relationship. I suspect this holds true in much of the rest of the world. Some of the most important ministry takes place in informal situations, for instance around the supper Continued on page 2 A Community of Imagination ■ Holy Ground ■ Unity in Diversity Babcock Scholarship for Ethnic Diversity ■ Spring Events ■ Community News

March 2012 Issue of ResOund, Northeastern Seminary's enewsletter

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