Spring 2001
Volume 5 Number 3


Dear Friends and Colleagues:

In keeping with the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Year of the Child, this issue of inSpire features children.

Several younger faculty members reflect on the Christian vocation of parenting their children.President Gillespie

Many students today bring children with them into the Seminary experience, while others marry and begin their families while pursuing their academic degrees.

Our Center for Children was created several years ago out of the need to provide childcare and a nursery school for the children of students, faculty, and staff. Plans for expanding this program are set forth in these pages.

It is well to remember that, in the words of Paul the apostle, “the Spirit itself bears witness to our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16)—beings indebted to Another for the gift of life, dependent upon this Other for all that sustains and enriches this life, and the recipients of a parental-like love that will never let us go, never let us down, and never let us off. Thus, we love our children because we, as children of God, have been so loved in Jesus Christ.

The children of God from other lands, cultures, and churches are also on campus as international students. This issue features three of them—from Vietnam, Bulgaria, and India.

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” 
(I John 3:1) 

Faithfully yours,


Thomas W. Gillespie


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In This Issue

Features

A World of Students: Valuable Exchanges
Welcome Them in My Name
Fighting for Children and Parents

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From the President's desk
Letters to the Editor
Outstanding in the Field
Class Notes
End Things
Student Life
On & Off Campus
Alumni/ae Update
Investing in Ministry
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