Bethe Benjamin-Cameron, who has begun a new pastoral relationship as a member of the Order of Ministry in Prince Edward Island, reflects on her years at the Atlantic School of Theology. Following a call to ordained ministry in your mid-40s can be a daunting task. It was indeed a little scary but not impossible with God’s help. Balancing a half-time pastoral charge, family, and studies was easier than it looked with the support of the professors, staff, and other students at the Atlantic School of Theology. The school offered a fertile ground for academic learning as well as space for creative spiritual experience and expression. Our gifts for Mission & Service generously support the work of the Atlantic School of Theology and six other theological schools across the country where students become members of the Order of Ministry. Meister Eckhart said: “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Students like Bethe offer prayers of gratitude to Atlantic School of Theology and to the generosity of Mission & Service for recognizing the importance of supporting our theological schools so that well-equipped, educated, and caring people can offer ministry in many ways in The United Church of Canada. Please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.
Loving God, we are called to be your colours in the world, to walk with each other, to share in love through our gifts for Mission & Service. Guide us to shine brightly in the world. Amen