One year ago, I traveled to Denver for a week long intensive as a new member of the MDiv Journey program at Iliff Theological Seminary. It was a grueling week. It felt like drinking from a firehose. My cohort of 20+ people of all ages, races, and walks of life came together to begin a journey towards a degree that would fulfill their deepest desires. Some are called to be pastors, chaplains and others to work in the non-profit arena with social justice issues at the forefront of their work. None of these paths resonated with me and quite honestly, I am still in a period of discernment, but for some reason I feel God’s nudge to keep moving forward.
Getting connected to a group is not something that comes easily for me, but somehow these amazing individuals latched on to me and each other. Our cohort is known around Iliff as “that” cohort because we have this connection that is simply over the top. We keep in touch via Facebook, have dinners together each quarter we are in residence, and give each other a safe place to land when things are not going well and hugs and words of affirmation when we need to celebrate.
A lot has happened in a year and some of our cohort members have moved on to other schools, changed their career paths or have taken some time to discern their next steps. Truth is, that week we were together in October 2017 was a game changer for many…it was for me.
I absolutely adore these people. Our lives are crazy busy with families, jobs, responsibilities, congregations and youth to nurture and somehow, our Creator brought us all together to do His work at this moment.
That…is pretty amazing.