path·find·er /ˈpaTHˌfīndər/ Noun.  A person who goes ahead and discovers or shows others a path or way. The definition is simple enough, but the work is complex.  Pathfinding requires listening, connecting, and discerning skills and is not a job one does but instead is a gift one has.  Rev. Shannon Hancock’s title is Director of…

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I sat down to write this letter at least a dozen times.  Each attempt has ended with me scribbling down a plethora of thoughts with little direction of where to begin or where to end.  Goodbyes are never easy for me.  Nor is concisely conveying something as deep as my love for Saint Paul.  I…

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When my son was in second grade, I received a phone call from his teacher. She relayed to me that she had to repeatedly ask my child to stop talking to his neighboring student. A little perplexed that this behavior had seemed to arise suddenly and did not correlate with his usually quiet demeanor, I…

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The faculty of Saint Paul School of Theology stands in solidarity with the #ScholarStrike for racial justice September 8/9. We commit to opening up space in our classrooms on the 8th/9th to speak out about brutalities by police and others, particularly against communities of color, and to affirm the public witness and liturgy of protestors. We…

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and other health care facilities have become the front lines, and we have honored and celebrated our health care workers serving our nation’s most vulnerable populations. For the church, the role of chaplain has also been elevated, particularly as most buildings have been shuttered in favor of social-distanced worship and…

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What is there to prevent me? One’s narrative identity  Acts Ch., 8:27-37 Ethiopian Eunuch Recently I read about a concept called narrative identity as it was described by Dan McAdams, Personality Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University.  McAdam’s premise is that we use autobiographical narrative to find meaning using our own lived history. …

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by Dr. Melissa Pearce, Director of Alumni & Partner Relationships As we sat on the steps of her first appointment, First United Methodist Church of Guthrie, Oklahoma, I grappled with the juxtaposition of her age and the poise with which she detailed her call to ministry and her habit of “following God” faithfully and intentionally.…

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by Alumni Director Dr. Melissa Pearce As I sat across from Rev. Dr. Lois Glory-Neal listening to her story, her earrings caught my eye. They were stunning Native American hand-beaded artistry in the shape of a cross. The colors were vibrant orange, red, yellow, and blue, and the chevron pattern sharp. Each bead had been…

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Our lives have changed. Changed by pandemic, changed by death, changed by necessity, changed by social distancing. We will not be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic. We simply cannot be. We will have lived through a global trauma and we will have done it communally. We will have stretched ourselves beyond our routines, our…

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