Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!
Advent and Christmas greetings, Columbia Seminary alumni/ae and friends! Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Biblical scholarship has included Luke 1:26-38 as part of the gospel writer’s so-called infancy narrative and has referred to it as The Annunciation. A term that literally means announcement, it is a published statement informing the public of a matter of general interest.
Coming in the wake of a recent plethora of negative reports from near and far, referring to this announcement today as a matter of general interest may be a profound understatement! According to the gospel account, this is a communiqué of divine initiative, a notice that is favor-filled, a release that dispels all fears, a bulletin about the conception of new life that is of a holy origin and character. And once again, you and I are blessed to join with St. Luke in its joyous proclamation. All glory and thanks be to God!
In the same spirit of welcomed hope, anticipation, and new life which characterizes this Advent/Christmas season, I am also pleased to announce a proposed initiative of the Columbia Seminary Alumni/ae Council begun at its October 2014 meeting. On behalf of our Alumni/ae Association which includes all Columbia Seminary graduates, the Council is seeking your input and approval to:
1) Review, evaluate, and revise the association’s constitution which establishes the values underlying its identity, structure, and mission;
2) Suspend the current constitution as it regards this year’s nomination of a new class of council members so that with continuity the present council may be established as a 1 year commission of the association for this purpose;
3) Present this proposed initiative to the association membership for discussion and action at its April 21, 2015 meeting and then if approved, pursue a revised constitution to be presented at the association meeting in April 2016.
The Alumni/ae Council believes that this announcement is a matter of general interest to the entire community of Columbia Seminary graduates. We hope that it is of particular interest to you and that you will take ownership in this important process. We encourage and need your attention, interest, and feedback. To this end, the current constitution and council membership are attached to this e-mail.
And so in these days of sacred announcement, with you, I am pleased once again to listen to and join in Mary’s reply…here am I, a servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word (Luke 1:38 NRSV).
Love, joy, hope, and peace to you and yours,
Randy Calvo ‘81