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June 2014 A PUBLICATION OF WESTERN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY The Commons 138th Commencement The graduates first give a round of applause to all those who have supported them Dr. Ellen F. Davis of Duke Divinity School gives the commencement address In a very warm but joy-filled celebration, the seminary’s largest graduating class in its history received their degrees on Monday evening, May 12, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel on the campus of Hope College. Western Theological Seminary awarded 46 Master of Divinity degrees, four Master of Arts degrees, five Master of Theology degrees, six Doctor of Ministry degrees, and three Graduate Certificates in Urban Pastoral Ministry. Dr. Ellen F. Davis of Duke Divinity School gave the commencement address entitled, “Read, Pray, Trust,” based on portions of Psalm 119. She spoke about the psalmist’s acute longing and vulnerability and prayed that the graduates would have the courage to lose their self confidence and instead trust in God in wide open vulnerability to God and neighbor. In his charge to the graduates, Dr. Timothy Brown gave two pieces of advice. First, “In your enthusiasm for worship and leading the church, don’t go too long on a hot muggy night!” Second, quoting Jesus, he said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matt 22:27-29) “Believe this Gospel, live this Gospel, and live in its peace!” The first four Master of Arts graduates: DeAnna Kohl, Samantha Kadzban, Janet Herrick, and Trevor Berrian Master of Theology graduates Csilla Török and Jong Man Joen GCUPM graduate Alice Taylor leads the prayers of the people

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