During a time when diversity seems to spark division in our neighborhoods and country, I would suggest it is diversity that makes us better and stronger together. Unfortunately, recent gun violence has tragically taken the lives of innocent people in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois. Divisions are devastating the United States of America along with other countries across the globe. Unity amongst diversity has always been one of the major themes within Christianity. There was unity amongst diversity with the early disciples of Jesus Christ and the tradition of diversity will continue in 2019 and beyond. Gammon Theological Seminary continues to have an unwavering commitment to the affirmation and celebration of all God’s people with the understanding we are all brothers and sisters. An examination of the graduates of our fine institutions reflects our communities as we have Gammon Alums and Gammon Friends representing a group of diverse people. Gammon’s pledge is clear, with an emphasis toward love, respect and social justice for All People.
During the summer, I attended a conference sponsored by the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The United Methodist Church is blessed to have over 100 educational institutions across the United States of America and beyond. Gammon Theological Seminary is included in a wonderful tradition within United Methodism of equipping a multitude of persons through the power of higher education to minister and reflect across the world the love and grace of Jesus Christ to all we encounter.
I also visited Indianapolis, Indiana and met with Gammon Alums and Gammon Friends during the month of July. It was an exciting weekend full of speaking engagements, food, laughter, and thoughtful fellowship. Indiana is often geographically referred to as the “Heartland” of the United States of America. It was wonderful to witness Gammon’s legacy through Gammon Alums within the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.
This fall as we begin a new academic year, let us remember Gammon Theological Seminary continues the significant tradition of displaying unity amongst diversity in preparing students to become effective congregational pastors, chaplains in various fields, professors, and leaders in various organizations. Gammon’s legacy continues to grow in miraculous ways. Do your part to show love to one another, we need to connect with each other now more than ever to create a safe world pleasing to our Creator.
Grace and Peace,
President-Dean Ken J. Walden
Gammon Theological Seminary
Rev. Ken Walden President-Dean, Gammon Theological Seminary