A Single Garment of Destiny

Rev. Dr. Jake Hofmeister“All I’m saying is simply this: that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commencement address to Oberlin College in June 1965

On January 18 as we were celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his leadership in the civil rights movement, I came across these words delivered by him at the Oberlin College commencement address, an institution that shares many ties to the founding and first decades of Berea College. Continue reading A Single Garment of Destiny

The Story of the Student Chaplain Program Continues…

(If you haven’t read Part 1 click here before continuing on.)

Rev. Loretta Reynolds

Rev. Loretta Reynolds

Acquiring 17 primary labor positions was somewhat of a miracle so we knew we had to make the very best of the gifts we had been given.  In the fall of 1998, I was hired to work as a bridge between the Campus Christian Center and the Collegium (Residence Life professionals) and assumed the position of Student Chaplain supervisor upon Rev. Lee’s retirement.  Graciously, Rev. Lee shared the materials he had used for training.  I am so thankful I didn’t have to start from scratch!  The new primary job position was supported by the Campus Christian Center budget and while I was designated as the labor supervisor, the Student Chaplains also worked as Residence Assistants (RAs).   This meant they received training from the CCC and Residence Life, alternated between the 2 departments for labor meetings, and also reported to their Collegium member.  We had to figure out how this shared position would work so we started with 9 Student Chaplain/RAs the first year.  Through trial and error, patience, and shared effort, within 3 years we worked up to the full 17-member team, with a Student Chaplain in every residence hall! Continue reading The Story of the Student Chaplain Program Continues…