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January 2014

New Beginnings

"Behold, I make all things new."—Revelation 21:5

At Luther Seminary, we are blessed each year with two beginnings. I like that.

The academic year and fiscal year for Luther Seminary begin on July 1. That is a major "new beginning," with all the hopes, dreams and promises that come with new things.

And we have another "new beginning" each year on Jan. 1, which comes with all the possibilities and potential inherent in a new calendar year.

In the midst of much hard work, and despite the arctic winter weather that has descended on Minnesota, I am filled with this sense of "new beginnings."

With the arrival of 2014, we look forward to the spring semester, and we're currently enjoying the delightful bustle of our January term. J-term is a month filled with intensive courses. Our residential students are joined by Master of Divinity and Master of Arts distributed learning students, as well as Doctor of Ministry cohorts. To accommodate them all we have reopened the third floor of Bockman Hall. For much of January, both Stub Hall and Bockman will be filled to capacity. It's a great way to launch the 2014 calendar year.

I believe this year will be a very good one for us at Luther. We have responded to our challenges by turning them into opportunities wherever possible. And the new year will also bring us our next "new beginning" in the form of a new president.  Our search is progressing well and we have a number of promising candidates. When that person is eventually chosen and hopefully arrives around July 1, the Luther Seminary community will be ready to join their new leader in living out our marvelous mission.

"Behold, I make all things new." Amen. Amen.

Take care,

Rick