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Seminary retreat brings students, faculty and staff together
2016-10-03
 
Each September, Providence Seminary students, faculty and staff enjoy an off-campus, day-long retreat to kick off the school year. Last month they gathered at Rouseau River Bible Camp for a time of worship, reflection and fellowship.
 
“Everything we do in the classroom, the counselling rooms, our offices and in our studies is offered to God as part of our life of worship,” says The Rev’d. Dr. Lissa Wray Beal, Professor of Old Testament at Providence Seminary. “So the retreat starts off the year with worship.”
 
Rev’d. Dr. Wray Beal also points out that the retreat is an ideal way to both begin the experience of community life and enjoy the company of other students and employees. This year attendees participated in games of Frisbee and challenged themselves at the ropes course. Previously they’ve explored labyrinths and various walking paths at the southeast Manitoba camp.
 
Crucially, Seminary students also had the chance to hear Providence faculty explain why they enjoy teaching and what they bring to their disciplines.
 
During chapel Dr. Patrick Franklin and student Shannon Friesen led the assembly in worship through song, and Dr. Daryl Climenhaga preached on the necessity of forgiveness within the life of the church and God’s people. Dr. Stan Ham presided over communion.
 
In addition to students and full-time faculty, Providence President Dr. David Johnson attended the retreat, as did various adjunct faculty, teaching assistants and admissions officers.
 
“Repeatedly, students and faculty talk about how these retreats ‘set a tone of worship’ for the whole year,” explains Rev’d. Dr. Wray Beal. “They talk about the community-building value of the event.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 
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