Jackie Bray writes us from Virginia Theological Seminary:
|VTS Administration building|
On Mondays, the student body gathers for morning prayer at 8:15am. At 9:00am I have my class on Evangelism, Public Witness and Church Planting. This class attempts to help us build foundational habits for natural evangelism like intentional listening and sharing ones story. We also focus on models of outreach, advocacy, social action and church planting. That class gets out at 11:45am, in which I head to lunch! No classes are scheduled between 12pm-2pm to allow students to attend eucharist every day, but also to facilitate fellowship around food. From 2pm-5pm I work at the Welcome Center. Here I keep coffee continually stocked for students and faculty, welcome all guests and transfer phone calls. After work at the Welcome Center, I head to dinner on campus. After dinner, I work on some homework and study. At 8pm or 9pm on Mondays, I have a soccer game with some other VTS students in a co-ed recreational league in DC.
What's the biggest challenge?
|Snow man in the chapel garden|
What is scary?
|Soccer team, after their first win of the season|
Sometimes it can feel all too close, like when I can hear my neighbor on his Skype calls, yet so far apart, like Spring Break when you don’t see anyone for days. I think living in community with other students has really strengthened the bonds I have with these people. A good friend of mine lives two doors down and we can be commonly seen sitting in the hallway working on our computers. Living in close quarters has allowed us to have an opportunity to really be present through each others struggles and celebrations and be fully present in each others lives.
I have enjoyed living in the dorms so much that I have applied to live in an intentional living community for next year. This situation is 7 people living in one house together; sharing bathrooms, making meals together and doing volunteer work together. This will be taking the community living up a notch, but I think it will offer me the opportunity to build great bonds with these classmates and friends.
|Jackie and her mom at the White House|