Students

Reed Loy is a second year Master of Divinity student from St. James’ Church, Keene, in the Diocese of New Hampshire. His slow and steady discernment of a desire for ordained ministry led him to youth ministry, campus ministry, and most recently a year of parish-based justice ministry in the Episcopal Service Corps, Boston. His experiences give him particular interest in progressive visions of mission and the power of story sharing for relationship building. On choosing CDSP, Reed says, “While seminaries are quick to say that they are training priests for ‘the future of the church’, I felt that CDSP was really asking the right questions to prepare me for the diverse needs ahead of the church.

Lauren Lukason is a Postulant sponsored by Christ Church Greenwich in the Diocese of Connecticut. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy from The University of Alabama and worked in early childhood music education and in an administrative position at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, MA before moving across the country to CDSP. As part of her M.Div. studies Lauren is pursing a specialization in Music, Liturgy, and Homiletics; specifically the spirituality of art and the cooperative relationship and responsibilities of liturgical leaders.

Erin Moore is a Masters of Theological Studies student in her third year at CDSP. Erin is originally from upstate New York, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education at Hartwick College. Erin is a student by night and a teacher by day at De Marillac Academy, San Francisco’s only tuition-free Catholic school. She was inspired to pursue a master’s in theology after spending two years teaching religion to the students at De Marillac. Through taking advantage of the wide breadth of knowledge available at the GTU, Erin feels that she has deepened her vocation as a teacher and music minister. Her thesis project will focus on developing a curriculum for teaching mindfulness to students in a Christian setting.  

Rhian Jeongcandidate from Gloria Dei, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recently graduated with her MDiv, and is completing an MA in Theology.  Her thesis specifically touches on Mission, Evangelism and Inter-faith dialogue. Her research is a combination of field work and theory. Within the seminary community, she has served as past president of an Anglican religious order for women, Daughters of the King, and as well as for the Episcopal Evangelism Network at CDSP. 

Sarah Quinney is a second year Masters of Divinity student and a postulant from the Diocese of Northern California. Sarah is a full time student and owner of a music therapy practice in the Sacramento area where she specializes in the use of music to help those with Autism and other developmental disorders. Sarah is a vocalist and pianist in her “spare time” and enjoys her active involvement in the life and community at CDSP as a member of the Community Council and Episcopal Evangelism Network.

Twila Smith is a candidate for ordination in the Diocese of Oklahoma, sponsored by St. John’s in Norman, and is a life-professed member of the Oakerhater Community, a non-residential community with ministries of reconciliation. As a third year M.Div. student at CDSP, she is the missioner for the Celtic Cross Society, and continues to be active in wellness initiatives. In the summer of 2013, Twila went on a 30-day, 490-mile pilgrimage around the San Francisco Bay, visiting 70 Episcopal churches, and exploring the sacredness that is in our midst. Over the summer she also completed Holy Currencies training at the Kaleidoscope Institute, and was in residence at Bayview Mission, a special mission of the diocese of California in Bayview Hunters Point, where she developed neighborhood relationships and community partnerships, and initiated the mission’s first worship service. She is currently in field placement at St. Aidan’s, San Francisco, and blogs at iwillstandwithyou.org.

Jay Walton is a third-year Master of Divinity student at CDSP.  He is a Candidate for Holy Orders from the Diocese of Pennsylvania and sponsored by Trinity Church, Ambler, Pennsylvania. Jay is the past president of Community Council, and Treasurer of the Celtic Cross Mission Society. He is currently the Ombudsperson serving on the Board of Trustees. In addition to his studies, Jay works in the Marketing and Communications department at CDSP and is involved in the Education for Ministry (EFM) program, a 4 yr education program for laity as a member of the mentor training network. Jay is the recipient of a DuBose Scholarship as well as the Episcopal Church Club of Philadelphia Scholarship.  He was chosen to attend the Preaching in Excellence Program in Rosyln, VA.  Prior to seminary, Jay was the operations manager for a fourth generation family business in his hometown.  After completing seminary he hopes to work in parish ministry.  When asked why he chose CDSP he said, "CDSP allows me to explore the Episcopal and Anglican traditions while also understanding how they fit into the church universal.  CDSP has given me the opportunity to dialogue with students from many different faith traditions about the issues that connect us as well as differentiate us."

Maggie Foster is a Buckeye. She grew up in the Diocese of Southern Ohio and attended Ohio State University. Kelly Aughenbaugh is a native Californian, but she spent most of her life in northern Ohio, attending the College of Wooster and working for City Year and doing youth ministry in Cleveland.

This fall, the two women find themselves at CDSP as the seminary’s first Bishops’ Scholars.

The Bishops’ Scholars program is a partnership between CDSP and participating dioceses that covers the full tuition of recipients pursuing either a degree or a certificate in residence at CDSP, says Dianne Smith, director of enrollment services.  It is geared to students who have already demonstrated a capacity for leadership and a desire to take on added responsibilities when they return to their dioceses. Sponsoring bishops agree to place the students in full-time positions with salary and benefits once they have completed their programs and returned to their dioceses.

Bishop Thomas Breidenthal '81, bishop of Southern Ohio, and Bishop Mark Hollingsworth '81, bishop of Ohio and former trustee, are the first two bishops to participate in the partnership, enhancing the midwestern presence on campus. 

“I wanted to have a new experience of the church in a different part of the country,” Foster said. “When I started doing more research and heard about the Graduate Theological Union and the caliber of the academics and the professors, I became more interested. Then, after I came to visit, what really sold me on CDSP was the community.”

Aughenbaugh says she corresponded several times with Smith while she was considering where to attend seminary. “I really felt like I had a friendly, helpful, informative contact before I even got to school,” she says. “I had good conversations with the faculty and staff. The weather was great, the campus was beautiful and I was excited about the opportunity to be part of the Graduate Theological Union.

“Some of my classes have people from other religious backgrounds,” she adds. “It is interesting to hear their perspectives. I don’t know if I’d be getting that at another seminary.”

Though they have been on campus only two months, both women say they feel at home. Both are already contributing to the CDSP community, Foster by starting the seminary’s first official Instagram account. (Follow here at @cdspstudent.)

“One of the things that has been important for me is the support of both the students who were already here and my fellow first-year students,” Aughenbaugh says. “The friendliness and the genuine care that I feel from them has helped me feel like a part of the community.”

“There is just a sense that people are looking out for me and that people really want me to succeed,” Foster says. “There is a general concern for my wellbeing, and coming from a large undergraduate university, I have never had that experience.”

Foster says she looks forward to having completed a few of her required courses so that she can focus on her particular area of interest, Christian education and formation. Aughenbaugh says she is eager to explore, “how the traditional aspects of our Anglican heritage can help us connect to our life and times today." 

 

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