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News from the Hill June 26, 2014 | back to index

New Faces of Ministry Tour 2014

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Student president spreads good news about seminary life

Casey Guet, the newly elected Student Association president at Andover Newton Theological School, will visit summer camps and youth corps as part of the New Faces of Ministry Tour 2014, a project spearheaded by the Center for Faith and Service in conjunction with a number of seminaries and divinity schools honored as "Seminaries that Change the World."

Tour participants will share their experiences and discuss ideas for new and traditional forms of ministry, highlight the possibilities of seminary, and challenge negative stories about ministry to service-oriented young adults and camp counselors.

The New England portion of the trip will see Casey and a student from another participating seminary embark on a 21-day trek across the region, taking their message and materials about the participating seminaries to a variety of summer programs. In four regional legs over the summer, participants from across the nation will visit more than 200 sites.

Casey earned a bachelor of arts in literature and professional writing from the historically black West Virginia State University with a minor in art. She was active in the NAACP and student government at WVSU. In the spring of 2014, at the end of her first year of seminary, Casey was elected to the student body presidency at Andover Newton, working with a team of students from every major religious tradition represented on campus.

Led by Betsy Lyles, a recent graduate of Columbia Seminary and Davidson College, the New Faces of Ministry Tour launched June 1 as an ongoing grassroots movement to affirm the church’s engagement in the world, identify and lift up inspiring and innovative leadership for faith communities, and shine a light on what is possible through powerful church leadership.

The tour looks to:

  • Redefine the public understanding of ministry by lifting up its many roles and broad expression throughout society.
  • Reclaim a commitment on the part of the church to young adults and the causes they care about.
  • Rebuild relationships with a generation that is searching for spiritual meaning and strength in the midst of their service to the world.

(See original press release for more information.)

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