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Reflected in so many of our conversations around here has been this question of how we educate “imaginative, resilient leaders”. Of course, we don’t exist simply as individuals, so this really begs the question of how we nurture a robust community which fosters imagination and resilience. The whole point of residential education is that we believe leaders are formed by life on life experiences—personal transformation and experiential ministry.

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We don’t make these things happen in our own strength. As with all deep transformation, we must rely on God’s grace. We listen together and discover what God is doing. We prepare the way and serve known needs. Then, ready or not, sometimes quietly and sometimes calamitously—God just shows up.

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It’s incredible how much effort it can take to simply surrender to God’s grace in our lives. We’re distracted by pain, disoriented by sin, and even distorted within our own souls. God accomplishes so much in spite of us.

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Still, we have a calling. I find this amazing: God calls us all to join in the work— together! The Faculty has been reading and discussing a book called Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli & Ann Marie Healy. After examining what resilience means in a variety of fields, they circle back to provide specific advice for individuals and groups about how we all might be more resilient. Central to the meaning of resilience for everyone is the ability “to maintain their core purpose and identity amid unforeseen shocks and surprises.”

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When you were a student at Columbia Seminary our mission was to equip you with the tools and skills to explore, develop knowledge, practices and attitudes that enabled you to effectively proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. For the men and women who are faithfully answering their call as students at Columbia Seminary this remains our mission. Your support to the Annual Fund enhances our ability to provide an exceptional academic experience. Your gift, whatever the size is an affirmation of a student’s call to ministry in Christ’s church. I hope you will consider a gift today, we need your help.

The Bridge of Peace is a bow-shaped pedestrian bridge over the Kura (Mtkvari) River in Tbilisi, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. This is an example of levitating modern architecture with imagination and resilience.

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I think it’s accurate to say that Columbia Theological Seminary has seen more than its fair share of “shocks and surprises” throughout its history. And it’s reasonable to expect that many more will come in the future. These challenges always represent fresh opportunities to re-affirm our commitments to God, to one another, and to God’s work throughout the world. Imagination and resilience work hand-in-hand as we creatively discern and explore the way forward with a new generation of leaders. However, by definition, our core purpose and identity is only evident in how robust we are as community.

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