Monday, February 18, 2008

Moving forward - more

I found out last week that I am "unofficially" accepted into a Doctorate of Ministry program at my seminary alma mater, McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. I am so excited to be once again intellectually stimulated. I am excited to be returning to McCormick and to Chicago. I am NOT excited about the weather in Chicago. I may well transition from early summer in Arkansas to winter in Chicago in a matter of hours. This part is the downside of the windy city as my academic destination. however, there could be a dry warm spell in the spring in Chicago. Stranger things have happened.

I'm particularly looking forward to having a visit with a friend in Chicago. She was a key player in my time there working on my master's in divinity. She really helped me through some trying times and I will forever be thankful for her presence in my life then and continuing into the now. We keep in touch through email and the like. We are looking forward to an in-person visit. It has been 5 years since I graduated McCormick and packed up for North Carolina never really looking back until now.

Not really looking back now, I'm looking forward to further study and the day I can tack the letters DR in front of my name. I think it will be so cool to be the Reverend Doctor Dari!!!! Give me three years and 'll be there.

I look forward to the study. I lookk forward to the contact with colleagues. I look forward to returning to McCormick a new woman. A woman with confidence and some experience under her belt. I hope to return to McCormick a healthy woman whose health issues do not hinder study this go around. I am woman hear me ROARRRRRRRRRR!

My outlook is positive.
I am feeling good.
I am looking forward to study.
I want to learn more about how to be a pastor.
My hope is to serve this congregation in the manner they deserve while enhancing my own intellect and skill set.

I can't wait to get started 6 weeks from today!