Dear ABSW Community,
As fall semester and the year 2012 come to close I write to wish you and your loved ones a most blessed and happy holiday season. Unfortunately, our holiday time has been disrupted by a senseless act of violence in Newtown Connecticut, one of several that we have experienced over the past several months. May we be mindful this holiday season of our call to ministry and to minister. As professors, preachers, pastors, ministers, social workers, community organizers, chaplains, youth leaders, etc. we are recognized and acknowledged as spiritual leaders in our communities. As I pray for the friends and families of the Newtown victims, I pray for each member of our ABSW community—that we may be instruments used by God to bring word(s) and acts of light and hope to a hurting world.
Please join me this holiday season in prayers for healing, peace, and wellness for our communities and our nation.
LeAnn Snow Flesher, PhD
Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament