Third Year Spotlight Turns to Chelsea Yarborough

Chelseaby Anna Fleig
Staff Writer

Personable. Optimistic. Inviting. Even 1st Years have experienced the infectious nature of Chelsea Yarborough’s effervescent personality, which makes sense given the amount of time and energy she spends developing intentional relationships. Chelsea is well known in the Wake Forest community—not just because of her involvement in the Divinity school community as worship leader, a member of the chapel committee, and SLC Vice President, but also through working with undergrads in their event space, The Barn, and during Bible study. Outside of Wake Forest, Chelsea also serves as an Associate Pastor at United Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, her church home here in Winston Salem and where she did her second-year internship. Continue reading

On Being a Racist

large_I'm_not_racist_but_2012_webby Brandon Hubbard-Heitz
Editor-in-Chief

Apparently, no one is a racist anymore. Shortly after allegations surfaced that Paula Deen used the N-word and organized parties at which black workers portrayed slaves, she appeared on the Today Show in order to declare, “I am not a racist.” After Cliven Bundy publically ruminated on whether African Americans enjoyed a better quality of life as slaves than they do presently, he defended himself on CNN, saying “I am not a racist.” When Donald Sterling’s former girlfriend released an audio clip of him rambling about the dangers of openly associating with black people, Sterling asserted on CNN, “I am not a racist.” Noting this trend, the protagonist in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s recent novel, Americanah, blogs, “In America, racism exists, but racists are all gone. Racists belong to the past.” Continue reading

How to Describe Divinity School in Ten Words or Less

kidby Elizabeth Corney
Staff Writer

The start of a new school year ushers in renewed scrutiny of divinity school from friends, family, and strangers. As a first year divinity school student, I struggled with defining my graduate studies for the curious observers in my life. After a year of reflecting on this problem, I think the best strategy is to let the ambiguity be. Continue reading

Peace in the Midst of Poverty

RNS-HOMELESS-JESUSby Nikki Scheidecker
Staff Writer

According to Salvoj Zizek, violence comes in two forms: objective and subjective. Subjective violence is instantaneously realized in the form of angry protestors, war, sexual abuse, rape, or other violent crimes. Objective violence is to be found in the abstract forms of symbolic and systemic violence. Symbolic violence is seen through the rhetoric or language our culture chooses to use when speaking of systemic issues. Systemic violence is nearly invisible to most people through the use of mainstream symbolic violence. Systemic violence is located throughout the structure of our economic, political, and justice systems by way of policies that elected officials create. Continue reading

Identity Before Ministry: Prioritizing Spiritual Growth

measuring-spirituality-religionby Brian Hayes
Staff Writer

We are all told in our early days at Wake Div that ministry is more about being than doing. We are instructed to think of the work of ministry as a particular kind of posture in the world rather than as a nine to five, clock in and clock out kind of job. And this is wonderful wisdom. Isn’t it ironic, then, that so much of our time in divinity school is spent reading books and articles, writing reflections, and researching for papers (doing), yet so little is spent intentionally discovering what kind of person God is molding us to be (being)?

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Why I Am a Moravian

Victoria Reidby Victoria Reid
Guest Contributor

Why am I a Moravian? This is not the question most people lead with when they find out I am a Moravian. Usually, they simply exclaim, “What is that?”

At this point, I find myself obliged to respond, “Because we have awesome cookies, sugar cake, chicken pies, lovefeast buns, and coffee.” Of course, I am kidding, though I encourage everyone who has not tasted these Moravian traditions to get to a Moravian church as quickly as possible. I mention these foods first because they are they aspects of the Moravian Church with which most people are familiar. As much as I love that people remember some basic Moravian markers, part of me wishes they remembered us for our story and identity. Continue reading

The Wrong Good

20140902divinity5484-460x260by Jonathan Gamble
Staff Writer

During his convocation sermon, Rev. Dr. William Barber argued that if my calling does not lead me to struggle against the world, then it is suspect. His statement struck a cord and provoked a multitude of questions. What does it look like to work against the ways of the world with Christ as my guide? How can I live and work counter-culturally over these next three years and for the rest of my life? Each of these questions represents my effort to struggle against the world. Continue reading

Cram

_overstuffed suitcaseby Pia Diggs
Staff Writer

Each summer many Wake Divinity students relocate to gain the best living situation for them. Although the where and the why may be different for each individual, a move occurs nonetheless. Some move to bigger spaces, some to smaller, some were more expensive and some were cheaper. As someone who downsized this summer, I am naturally more sympathetic to those attempting to fit everything into a smaller place. My move is not a sad story, nor is it one that denotes the need for pity; it is simply my reality. Continue reading