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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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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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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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When the Rubber Meets The Road: A Story of Compassion

Alisha L. GordonAlisha L. Gordon is a writer, social media maven, and published author. A second year student at The Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Alisha’s work has focused on fusing faith and culture together to help people better understand how our faith can help shape the community at large. A former high school English teacher, Alisha uses teaching to help further the discussion of building the bridge between the Church and community. Follow her on Twitter or like her page on Facebook!

[See her story on how compassion was the catalyst for mending a broken relationship with her father below.] Continue reading

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