From Jes Kast-Keat
Are you sick of posts about graduation? I hope not because I am going to add one more. Except this time it is from the perspective of an alumni. (Check out Jason Lief's post and Jeff Munroe's post for some other graduation thoughts.)
On Sunday afternoon I boarded my plane in NYC to head "home" to Michigan to celebrate the graduation of my spouse Jim Kast-Keat. Besides the pride I feel for Jim I am also incredibly proud to have graduated from Western Theological Seminary. So today I dedicate my post as a blessing from this alumni to her alma mater. Alma mater in Latin means "nourishing mother" and the theological and pastoral nourishment I received from the professors and staff at Western was indeed nourishing and transformative.
My best friend and I made the commitment the first week of seminary that we were there for transformation. We were not there to appease people by the "correct" theological answers or to regurgitate for an exam only to forget what we retrained the following year. No, I went to seminary seeking theological and personal transformation. When I walked across the stage in May 2011 I know I accomplished my goal.