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Ramblings of a teacher

Was it only three years or so when we welcomed our new graduates
They came to us and we thanked God for new co-sojourners who bravely came our way
For some, the journey was tedious and a mystery, and we can only hope the learning will dawn upon them someday.
I believe for many we have found new prophets who will always take the side of the poor, the laborer and the farmer today.

We asked them in their first year to walk in the streets with the masses
In the next year and the next, they came on their own to listen to the oppressed
Some later took paths even we could not take.
They were braver, took sides and offered their lives to the dust of the earth

And so now we see them walk away to take another journey
We pray they will never feel alone and will find affirming and liberating companions on the way
We trust they will seek life and dignity, not just for themselves but for others
And we pray they will transform this world for it is for this reason that we teach and learn with them everyday.

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2 thoughts on “Ramblings of a teacher”

  1. Dear Lizette,

    Thank you for your reflections as a teacher. I have always felt that theological education is a very unique and special form of personal development, for we are not concerned only with the mind but with the total self of a person, and which is why I said that UTS is “a community of forgiven sinners, and forgiving saints,” more than anything else. Most of the brilliant students who graduated from UTS, while they have served the church faithfully and effectively, have succumbed to pride and hypocrisy and have used their church positions in a Machiavellian ways. We as theology teachers should expose our students to the person of Christ so that they may have “the mind of Christ.” At the center of such an educational process is the constant interaction of cross and resurrection; the cross symbolizes self-abnegation, a passion for justice, courage and daring, and the resurrection symbolizes a firm, certain and unshakeable faith in God’s justice and grace. The history of the church is riddled from end to end with hypocrisy, triumphalism, and injustice so much so that its being strikes a lot of people as evil parading in the habiliments of righteousness; that God’s grace still shines through its life and work is a mystery to me. In fact, there are times when I can honestly say that I love doing the dishes more than teaching theology students. Well, people like you, restore my faith in doing and teaching theology, and I am sure you are not alone.

    Peace,

    Levi

    On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 7:29 AM, diwatalakayan

    1. Thank for your reply, Dr. Levi. I have always been intrigued by your declaration that UTS is “a community of fallen humanity.” But I find that now to be true. Jesus was born, nurtured, and crucified by such a community. There, too, he was resurrected. And will come again. There is hope for UTS. And despite human failings, it has been instrumental in our transformation. I like washing dishes too but it will never compare to the subtle and dramatic ways I see how people are changing because of what UTS stands for.

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