I am honored and humbled that you awarded me the Dr. Barry K. Estadt medal. I belong to such a supportive and dynamic cohort of students; this honor is as much theirs as mine. Thank you for helping to create an atmosphere of thriving, love, and life-long friendship.
I worked hard as a student and I approached the pastoral counseling program as a formation experience, as a process that would shape me into a skillful, wise, attuned, and responsive healer. I worked hard and I recognize that I am graduating on Saturday very, very much because of your encouragement and pruning — your illumination of my growing edges and your honest response to my efforts.
By your instruction, presence, and patience I have been discovering a voice that might be of service to others.
My wife, Emily, and I are going to New Mexico because we feel called to live and work among those whose voices some call illegal. I have been able to honor and nurture a desire to answer this call with your wisdom, teaching, and blessing, and for that I am most grateful!
See you at the reception.