It’s the start of the spring semester here at Drew Theological School. As I celebrate my first year as Dean, I am grateful to be a part of this welcoming community, in which students, faculty, staff, and alumni incarnate what it means to be Christian leaders, pastors, teacher-scholars, and servants to the community at home and across the globe.
We at Drew are preparing our students to develop a robust understanding of how Christians ought to live in a world that is no longer a cosmos of largely independent and unconnected societies, but has progressively become a single global village. To this end of ensuring both the global relevance and local impact of theological education, we have taken several decisive steps to enhance our already-distinctive and highly-regarded programs of pastoral formation and academic study, to launch new initiatives such as the Communities of Shalom, the Partnership for Religion and Education in Prisons, and the Center for Christianities in Global Contexts, and to create a truly multicultural M.Div. curriculum that will provide a model for other seminaries.
Also in this connection, I am pleased to launch the inaugural electronic issue of our newsletter, The Theo Spirit. As the host of the Green Seminary Initiative – a group of 40 theological schools and seminaries that have made a commitment to act as models for environmental stewardship and to equip students to teach others on environmental issues – we at Drew remain faithful to finding new ways to reduce our ecological impact. The change from a printed to electronic newsletter is just one step in our efforts.
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Again, thank you for your continued support of Drew Theological School. We are thrilled to have you as a member of our thriving theological community. Your enduring commitment and generosity are what ensure that Drew is able to continue to serve as a leader in the education of globally-conscious, community-oriented pastors, teachers, and scholars.
Grace and peace,
Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, Ph.D. 關嘉仁博士
Dean and Professor of Hebrew Bible
The Theological School, Drew University