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September 2012

Sep 28, 2012

We have now been back to school at CTU for 3 weeks and it seems like we never ended. I am thrilled to walk through the halls of the third floor and see the students studying, having a bite to eat or just chatting with new and old friends that they have met in the atrium. By definition an atrium is a large open space within a building usually with a glass roof; I pose this question to you - have any of you looked up to see that our atrium has a glass roof? This glass roof lets in all the glorious sunshine that the world has to offer us daily.  At CTU we take those little special tidbits of life and we share them with each other, our community. CTU widely uses that word to describe our humble existence as community; I am hoping that since you have started your academic exploration here you have adopted that word as well.  The CTU community has welcomed back some old favorite faces, like Eduardo, Christopher, Kristin, and Saleha and some new ones like Melissa, Bernadette, and Alexis. If I have not mentioned some of you in this blog, no worries you know who you are. I just want to say, we are blessed to have you here!


Valerie H.

Sep 26, 2012

Kathy Van Duser

Blog:  Sept. 26, 2012

One of my friends challenged me to live this Rumi quote during the year, “The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.”  The quote set off a number of thoughts and feelings in me.  I began to ask myself some questions, “What opportunities am I being invited into?” “What is life-giving for me?” “How do I live life fully?  “Is the way I conduct my life, life-giving to others?”  “What am I passionate about?”  “What would I like to do?” “How is God calling me?” “When do I tend to go back to sleep?” 

In my work as Director of Recruitment, I meet with people on a regular basis, listening to their stories, hopes, and dreams, and then helping them to discern their particular call.  Some know deep down what they’ve been invited to step into next, but delay out of fear and the ever popular, “have to do first list.” We’re adept at finding ways to avoid, and we sometimes just go back to sleep.  Others aren’t sure what in particular they’re being called to but know it has to do with theology and ministry.  Still others know what they’re being called to do and charge boldly forward.

What about you?  If you’ve been thinking about exploring the possibility of education for theology and ministry, what if you don’t go back to sleep, but this time sign up for a CTU Open House event?

There are a number of benefits in registering for a CTU Open House:  you’ll learn about career opportunities in ministry, have an opportunity to meet faculty and students, you’ll understand how easy it is to access and complete the admission process, you’ll learn about scholarship and other financial aid opportunities that are available, you’ll participate in a tour of the school and you’ll get your questions answered.   

To register for an Open House event click, .    My challenge to you will be the one my friend made to me…  “The door is round and open, don’t go back to sleep.”