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Learning to Sing the Lord’s Song

March 26, 2020

It has been an extraordinary couple of
weeks at the Seminary. In fact, it’s been an extraordinary
couple of weeks in the whole world. To use the words of the psalmist, it
feels like the earth has changed. For us this has meant that our
professors have had to retool their courses in order to teach them
online. Many of our students have gone home. Those who were living in the dorms have been moved out to the CRW apartments. Administrators and staff have been working around the clock in order to care for the Seminary. I want to express my deep appreciation
to them as well as to the faculty and the students and all who are doing
extraordinary things to get us through these extraordinary days. At the end of the day today, most of the
campus buildings will be closed, including the library and Mackay center. Most of our administrators are now working from home, as am I, as is our faculty and our students. But this seminary is not closed. We’re very much open. We are still a community
that is committed to caring for each other during these hard days. You’ll be hearing more from the pastoral care team before long. All of the essential services are still
being provided, security is still on campus, our classes will begin on Monday. Students will continue to do what they can to care for each other. And in these days as we learn new ways of being together without actually being together the love of the community is going to break through. A couple of nights ago, the students were
out on the balconies at CRW singing to each other
in the tradition of the Italians and the Spaniards. It’s a wonderful way of demonstrating how love is going to find its way
and will certainly find its way through this hard time. There is a great biblical tradition of the spirituality of the exiles who
weren’t where they wanted to be but were learning to sing the Lord’s
song even in a foreign land. That’s what we’re doing now, we’re learning to sing the Lord’s song. We’re not where we want to be, we
want to be back in our offices, we want to be in the classrooms, we want to be in
the library, and we long to get back there and we
will get back there. But in the meantime we commit to singing the Lord’s song because we believe that God is with us and even though the earth shall change we will not fear because God is with us. I’m convinced of that, I’m convinced that this community is going to find its way. We will sing on the balconies, we’ll sing in our homes and in our hearts
because we believe God is with us. I believe in Jesus and I believe in you.
Stay healthy.


  • Reply Min. Nicholas Young March 20, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Amen! Awesome word President Barnes!

  • Reply Lissette Gonzalez Sosa March 21, 2020 at 1:15 am


  • Reply Ren Simo March 26, 2020 at 5:38 am

    Amen! Same to you. 🙏🏽

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