As the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) reaches its 40th year, faculty and staff are preparing for an unprecedented, three-day event to mark this milestone. That includes graduation of undergraduate as well as graduate students, a reception, a thinkers’ conference for alumni on Sunday and Monday, a documentary slide show, and an open discussion with President Hugh Spurgin– all at the Barrytown campus where the Founder began the school in September 1975.

A visitor to the chapel of the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) in Barrytown today will open the door, and the first thing that hits him or her will be the light. His or her eyes will be drawn to shafts of light streaming down from 16 brand new, double-paned, tinted, argon-gas filled, segmented windows.

October 20th, 2007 began just like any normal day. The weather was wonderful and everyone was in high spirits as we prepared for what to me was to be the most exiting day in UTS thus far. We went on a spectacular one-day wilderness hike exploring some of the region's most spectacular mountain ranges and breathtaking view points.

Our journey began at the Minnewaska State Park, where we soon split into two teams and headed towards the nature trail. At the beginning the groups walked side by side, but after a couple of minutes we split up as we took a narrow path under a canopy of trees in a single file heading towards one of the view points. Standing on the edge of the cliff at the escapement overlooking the beautiful valley with birds gliding over the tree tops down the valley, we had a moment to appreciate the beauty of creation.

As soon as the second team arrived the first team headed to Gertrude’s Nose, moving along the escarpment. Upon arrival, several people took time for a moment of prayer as we were waiting for the second team to filter in. After lunch, we read a message about walking meditation together and cheered before beginning a one hour walking meditation.

We started out on a narrow path going down into a valley and then through a forest. Some time later we arrived at the top of Millbrook Mountain feeling inspired by experiencing God through creation as we took in the expansive view of the valley below and the hills across.

On the final portion of the trail we walked in silence listening to the sound of water flowing on a stony river bed. Our journey concluded at the beautiful lake side on the top of a hill. From here both teams walked together sharing experiences as we headed back to the Seminary. It was a beautiful day to spend together in nature.

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