The first chapter of my seminary experience came to a close on Friday morning as I turned my Greek final in to my teacher. My classmates and I began our time in seminary with a 3-week intensive course on Koine Greek, the language used in the original manuscripts of the New Testament. We were in class Monday-Friday from 9AM to 3PM with chapel and lunch breaks midday. One of the hardest things for me was sitting still for so long! I can say the Lord’s Prayer and sing “Jesus Loves Me” in Greek, but don’t count on me to be your travel guide through Greece. Thanks to Bible software like Accordance, we don’t need to be fluent to be able to work with the texts (and modern Greek is considerably different from what the New Testament writers were speaking anyways)!
This picture was taken the day before our final, when our awesome professor and TA gave us ceramic plates and sharpies to write what we’d like to smash about Greek…and then we did! Each person got a turn to throw their plate on the concrete ground as we all cheered. It was a fun and silly way to get our frustrations out (in such a Greek way)!
So far, United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) has been a wonderful community! This group is full of people with unique stories and journeys to this experience that we get to share. We’ve bonded through improv nights, studying, movie nights, game nights, and even a BrewFest for which many of us volunteered! Now that Greek is over, some of us will stay on the Gettysburg campus, while others will live on the Philadelphia campus or commute from their homes elsewhere in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.
We start our regular semester classes on Thursday, so I have almost a week to prepare for the routine of graduate school. I will be taking 4 classes called “Reading and Telling the Story,” “Creation, Sin and New Creation,” “Dynamic Faith of the Church,” and “Worshipping Community.”
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions about my life or updates on yours- I miss home and want to do all I can to maintain old relationships even as I make awesome new ones. Blessings!