JENNIFER HOPE-TRINGALI - DOCTOR OF MINISTRY ('23)
As I reflect on my journey through the ULS Doctor of Ministry degree program, I am grateful for the opportunity to have set aside sacred time and space to reflect theologically on my ministry through extensive and continued learning. A variety of class offerings and experiences, along with distance learning options provided me with a rich palette with which I could develop my studies and ultimately my thesis concentration.
The financial, prayer, and colleague support the seminary community has offered along the way has been essential to this grace-filled journey. I am also particularly thankful for the seminary’s wide network of professional colleagues, both locally and throughout the world, who have at the same time helpfully questioned and deeply listened during my thesis development, nurturing a more complete project that is immediately applicable to my ministry context. Not only has my personal discernment and ministry been enriched, but also has the broader community that I serve alongside.
CLIFFORD L. STANLEY - MASTER OF DIVINITY ('23)
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
The personal pronoun “I” is difficult for me to use when considering serving God and serving others. What an amazing journey of learning, fellowship, and personal growth while studying and fellowshipping at United Lutheran Seminary. Expert, compassionate, and dedicated faculty and staff complement each other with a synergy of leadership and commitment that I found to be wholly refreshing and invigorating.
The opportunity to study the Bible while planting the seeds for continued learning, even after graduation, is exciting. My world view has expanded exponentially, and even more humbling is the realization of how much more there is to learn while opening my heart to God’s call for serving others.