“No, it’s like family.”
“Ok, it’s like being in prison with your family.”
When I first arrived in Korea, this is the way the seminary community that I would be living in was described to me.
Well, time moves fast and a number of the wonderful folks who have supported me over the past six months are on their way to begin their ministry in the world. I hope they know that I am incredibly thankful for accepting me into their community. I wish them the best of luck and offer prayers that they work as much good in the world as their kindness as worked on me.
Here are photos of the graduation ceremony.
|The seminarians who were graduating from behind during the large ceremony.|
|The priest from Myanmar who stayed with us during the semester to work on his dissertation receiving his P.h.D. Or has he would say, "Finally", receiving his P.h.D.|
|For the smaller ceremony, we naturally got the run of the University Chapel. Here the six graduates are actually receiving their diplomas.|
|Family was an important part of the ceremony. During the ceremony, all the teachers made speeches, the graduates made speeches, the families were introduced, and then the families said their congratulations.|
|The little gal in the front is the daughter of one of the graduates and simply had to be a part of the fun. Behind her are the graduates and department heads.|
|And then came the photos. Like a million photos. Group photos, individual photos, and every paring of two or three photos. Just happy to know that my inability to take an appropriate photo transcends cultural bounds.|
|Finally our graduates and the president of the seminary. Good luck guys!|