Dreaming and Waiting

Whitney BondWhitney Bond is currently a 1st year Master of Divinity student at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She is a graduate of Spelman College where she received her B.A. in Drama with a Concentration in Dance. Also a native of St. Louis, MO, Whitney hopes to structure her research around sexual embodiment and practices. Additionally, she has strong background in the entertainment and loves to share her culinary adventures through social media.

[Whitney shares her whirlwind story of how a two-day trip to Atlanta turned into a moment to pursue destiny. See more below!] Continue reading

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Until then…

What the Hell Happened BlogWell,

In just a couple of months, nearly 5,000 people read the stories of seminarians across the country.

These stories were transparent, hopeful, heart breaking, revolutionary, witty, and real.

They connected us through their descriptive words and carefully composed sentences to share just a glimmer of life in seminary.

School is starting soon and all of the future (and current) theologians will be busy studying, living, growing, and changing.

We’re taking a break until December. We will return with some great stories about some average person who had the courage to be extraordinary in some kind of way.

We hope you’ll keep us bookmarked and join us then.

Continue to share the stories here; their timeless lessons will sustain us for the long haul.

We’d love to hear how this blog has changed your life in some way. Contact us using the form below.

Until then…

WHHMS

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Achilles

Shose Otiendo (Sheila)Shose is a champion for social justice, a motivational speaker, a worship leader, singer/songwriter whose vocational goal is to build tools and curricula for community transformation. She is a proud Kenyan and the co-founder of an ecumenical worship movement known as Praise Avenue. A full time minister for the last six years, Shose has spent much of her life in the church. Her interests in sustainable development and church and community collaboration, coupled with her love for international engagement, brings a global viewpoint to the seminary experience.

[Shose offers a chilling story of anger, rage, and how one decision to offer grace at the height of a violent situation changed her life forever. *This post has some triggers of violence and domestic abuse. Please be advised.*]

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Life, Death, Burial, and Resurrection

Felisha ChismFelisha R. Chism, M.Div is a 2013 graduate of the Candler School of Theology – Emory University. Her concentrated focus was in Women in Religion and Black Church Studies. Felisha was recently accepted to her alma mater of Emory University as a Master of Theology candidate, where her thesis work will center on Homiletics and the Disruptive Voice. A former Advertising Executive and native of Birmingham, Alabama, she is also a graduate of Alabama State University. An Associate Minister at the Zion Hill Baptist Church – Atlanta, Georgia, she shares the life words of the Psalmist, “It is God who Arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” (II Samuel 22:33/Psalm 18:32).


[Felisha’s story of life, death, burial, and resurrection resonates as she shares how her time in seminary encompassed the entire gamut of emotions and experiences. The cycle of life continues.]

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“Or Should I Reprogram the Programming and Get Down?”: A Lesson from Janelle Monaé (A Seminarian’s Perspective)

Kyra BrownKyra Brown is a native of East Palo Alto, California and a first-generation college student.  She is pursuing her Master’s of Divinity, with an emphasis in Social Justice from Howard University.  Her ultimate goal is to work with the oppressed, and advocate for community-restoring justice and equality in both ecclesiastical and political realms.  She is a lover of art (dance, music, murals, poetry etc.), and seeks to integrate it into her healing work in the world.

[Kyra’s use of Hip Hop, faith, and God take us on a lyrical journey full of insight and wit. Check it out below!] Continue reading

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A Song in the Night

carrol wilsonCarrol Wilson is a 2nd year M.Div. student at the Candler School of Theology. Proud parent of #1, #2, and the bonus. Lover of Nags Champa, sunsets and beaches. Who considers her previous life experiences BS (before seminary) as a training ground for her real purpose in life. Providing pastoral care to those that are hurt, whoever and wherever they may be.

[Carrol’s wisdom saturates this post as she talks about how her life experiences lead her away from the whimsical, fairy tale ideas about seminary into the glorious light of the liberating truth.] Continue reading

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The 15th Day of September

AllysonAllyson was born into a family of seminarians; her grandfather, father, and mother are all seminary trained pastors in the Holiness denomination. Church, however, was never a place of worship for her — it was “go to work with your parents” every week. Filled with rebellion and theological questions, Allyson finally found her way to seminary — but entered with anger and resentment towards God for sending her. It was her time in seminary where she used her pain and passion about sexuality to develop a loving relationship with God. 

[*warning: this blog post discusses topics that may serve as triggers for some people. Please read with caution*]

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Five Dollars and a Little Light

Sam WhiteSam White is a young preacher and worship leader who is optimistic about the future of God’s people. He is a 2nd year M.Div. student at Candler School of Theology. Sam has a Bachelor in Communication Sciences from the University of Alabama and hopes to pursue a Ph.D in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

[Learn how Sam’s grandmother’s secret gift of $5 inspired him to push through tough times and let his light oh-so-shine!]

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Making the Grade: When Seminary Just Doesn’t Cut It

levi rogers
Levi Rogers is a seminarian-in-waiting, type A personality, wannabe overachiever who really needs to drink a tall glass of calm the hell down. He is a teacher who relishes in his past educational successes and lives for future opportunities to teach –there’s not a second that goes by when when he’s not talking about crazy children from Arkansas. Levi spends his time reading, exercising, sending unnecessary emails, and being generally ridiculous. Levi will be teaching Algebra 1 and acting as the 8th Grade Level Chair at KIPP Delta College Preparatory School. 
[As spazztastic as Levi’s bio sounds, he’s actually a man with a great story to tell about how teaching inner city kids changed his heart about seminary. Learn more about him (and the lack of capital letters) below.] Continue reading
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When “Feet” just mean Feet

karen slappeyKaren Slappey is a seminarian, beer snob, tipper of sacred cows, and that blue dot in the midst of the political red sea that is North Georgia.  She is a mother and wife.  Campfire is her favorite smell, and she thinks Jesus probably looked like Sayid from Lost.  She has aspirations to live in a yurt and raise chickens. She is pursuing ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

[If you can’t tell from her bio, Karen is a fun, witty gal whose time in seminary has given her much comedic material to use in her non-existent standup comedy routine. Below is a glimpse into the funniness of pursuing God in Seminary.] Continue reading

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