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Residential Students Reflect on Being WTS Community in a Pandemic

A Conversation with Master of Divinity Students Nathaniel Adkins, Elise Hynek, DaMisha McFarland-Pollock, and Kurt Saenger Heyl Let’s start at the beginning of your seminary experience. Why did you choose Wartburg? Nathaniel Adkins: My family and I ultimately moved to Wartburg, and 90% of our decision was because of the sense of community that we…

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A Pandemic Blessing: The Fishbowl Academy

Montessori Teacher Beth Zimmerman, Sister of MDiv Student Ruthie Mhanga, Begins Fishbowl Academy on Campus “The Fishbowl” is a nickname given to the cul-de-sac of family-style campus housing. Beginnings RUTHIE MHANGA, MDIV STUDENT When the pandemic hit and schools were closed, we all had our kids in our homes and tried our best to keep…

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#NoPlasticsforLent Initiative with ELCA Young Adults

WTS Students Play Key Role in Churchwide Initiative Savanna Sullivan, Program Director of ELCA Young Adults and current WTS Master of Arts student, launched #NoPlasticsforLent as part of her role with the ELCA and as a project for an independent study this semester. The initiative encourages practicing sustainability together – in our homes, congregations, and…

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Emily Norris’ Story: Community in COVID-19

Master of Divinity Student Emily Norris’ Story Preparing for graduation from the WTS Master of Divinity program in 2020, Emily Norris launched the new church community called The Dwelling in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Dwelling is specifically, but not exclusively, for those experiencing homelessness. Emily shared her excitement for this new venture in partnership with…

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Hannah Purkey’s Fieldwork Story: Before and During COVID-19

Master of Divinity Student Hannah Purkey’s Story Originally published in the Spring 2020 issue of the LifeTogether Magazine, Hannah Purkey shared her fieldwork story with us. As the world rapidly changed around us during the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing measures, so did Hannah’s fieldwork experience. Read her very different experiences below – both before…

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