Y’all might have noticed that over the past few months I’ve made the occasional reference to applying for seminary. I first thought about the idea I think almost two years ago now, and spent a lot of time researching options. I tried to apply to a few places, but kept bumping into a few roadblocks– namely, the fact that my undergraduate degree is unaccredited. Most of the seminaries I wanted to apply at wouldn’t even consider me. Some that would, like Calvin or Fuller, where just … a little too conservative.

But, in January I found out about United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities when I was at the Gay Christian Network conference. I explained my situation to the spokesperson there, and he gave me the Director of Admission’s number directly so I could talk about it with him. Our phone conversation was promising– he understood where I was coming from, and he said I could apply without worrying that my lack-of-an-accredited-degree would affect me.

Well, last week, I was admitted!

Starting September 1st, I will be a student again. It’s exciting and terrifying, but I’m happy and grateful. I’m looking at course lists and the like, and seeing possible course offerings such as Comparative Religious Bioethics is tickling me silly. I’ll be pursuing the Social Transformation concentration, and I think it’s going to be fantastic. I’m not sure what my course load is going to look like over the next few years– I think I’m going to start out with two courses at a time and see what happens.

There’s also another thing being added to my plate: for the next few months my workload at the bookstore is basically doubling. Not to unmanageable levels, and overall I’m happy about it, but between seminary, managing a bookstore, dealing with all the travel I’ll be doing, and trying to make sure my fibromyalgia doesn’t wipe me out, the one thing that’s going to have to give  is the blog.

I’m going to keep up the Redeeming Love review– I’ll have a post up today, in fact– and I might write a few posts when I can, but the schedule is probably going to be a little bit inconsistent until I figure out what life is going to be like and my schedule returns to normal at the bookstore. It’s possible the papers I’ll be writing for seminary classes can be recycled into blog posts– let me know if you’d be interested in seeing those!

Anyway, I’m very excited to be stepping into this new chapter. Hopefully it’s a good one.

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  • Stephanie Rice

    I would be THRILLED to read your seminary work. And furthermore, if you know of any other feminist women in seminary who are blogging about their experiences and/or their work, I would love to be directed to that.

  • Beroli

    Congratulations, Sam!

  • Congratulations!

  • Kevin

    *opens sparking juice bottle, pours glass, and raises it*

    Vive la vie!

  • Congratulations!

  • Kathleen Margaret Schwab

    Congratulations on seminary admittance! I for one would love to see your papers on the blog.

  • RavenOnthill

    Hey, congratulations!

    I expect you to shake the world.

  • J. Barrett Lee

    Congratulations! Many blessings for the working of turning the world upside down.

  • Gloria

    Congratulations on getting into seminary! It sounds very exciting!

  • Dr Sarah

    Yay! Congratulations!

  • Victoria

    Congratulations! I too would like to see some seminary work on your blog. Good luck!

  • Melody

    Congratulations on getting accepted! Using your papers as basis for blogposts sounds good 🙂

  • Michael

    This is really cool! Are you doing distance learning?

    • Yes– United offers online and “hybrid” courses (mostly online, but meets for a week every semester).

      • Michael

        Nice. I moved to the Twin Cities a few years ago to attend Seminary at Luther. Congrats on getting into United!

  • Congratulations, Samantha! I would be interested in blogged version of your seminary papers. Somehow I missed that you work at a bookstore; may I ask which one it is?

    • It’s an indie. I don’t put that sort of information on the internet, though, for privacy reasons.

      • I understand. I spent 14 years in the Christian bookselling industry; most of it was with Family Christian Stores as a store manager and then a district manager.

  • Jackalope

    Awesome! Congratulations! I’ll be sorry to be seeing less of you, but so happy for you. Joining in on the chorus of people who would love to see papers made into blog posts. (Whatever that looks like….)

  • Leah Smith

    Congratulations! I read all the time but am not a commenter but I just wanted to let you know I am really excited for you. I have fibro too and was just recently able to start (and then re-start) graduate school. It had always been a dream of mine and my health had been so poor that I couldn’t do it. (It was so bad a few years ago I was going to have to quit my teaching job – but through a long process it’s no longer dire. Still always there (duh – because chronic) – like I was flattened all day Saturday- but I can pursue my dream again). Anyway my point is that I’m rooting for you! It’s ok to have to take it slow. You’ll be in my prayers and I’ll think of you often as we both juggle chronic illness and work and job. I think this turned out being about me but what I’m trying to say is: I empathize, I’m happy for you, and I’m in your corner! I’ll keep my feed open and look forward to whatever you can manage. (And yes, papers would be awesome).

  • Congratulations!