The mood of the first class of UTS at the Clinton Maryland satellite center was upbeat and veering toward the heights of optimism at its first convocation on Monday, Sept. 28th. The celebration began with prayer of blessing offered by Bishop David Billings, presiding Bishop, United Fellowship of Churches International and UTS Board of Trustees member.

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On October 7th, 2006, I was pleased to attend the 2006 Convocation at the UTS – Extension, for it was an opportunity for me to meet fellow students that I had not met, and to fellowship with those I knew. Hearing the different presentations brought joy to my heart, for they were all outstanding. I could see each of them going out into the world making a difference. Although I am a new student, UTS is a unique place to be, one in which I am cherishing, for it offers the diversity that my spirit appreciates – it unifies. During the Convocation, I was asked to offer some reflection on my experience at UTS so far.

The few classes I have taken during my two terms at UTS have been thought-provoking; they have opened doors to a deeper understanding of theology. My first class at UTS was Models of Black Theology. This class presented me with clearer insight, and allowed me to be able to articulate feelings that had been tucked away, and permitted me to honor my experiences. Dr. Greg Jones, the professor who taught this dynamic class is an excellent teacher. He was able to stretch and expand my mind to a high level of understanding. Dr Jones set the standard for excellence. He was so great that I decided to take another one of his classes this semester Teaching the Bible as Liberating Word. Since I had had Models of Black Theology last semester, I thought I should take Systematic Theology this semester, and I was not disappointed. I have found Dr. Theodore Shimmyo to be an excellent professor too, a messenger of other people’s views. This is my beginning at UTS, and I expect it to keep getting better – but can it? We will see. Certainly what I have received so far has been great.

What can I say - I enjoyed the 2006 Convocation and I am enjoying attending UTS. May God continue to bless the seminary and each one of us.

Corine Kemp Scott is currently in her second semester at UTS-EC and is pursuing her Master of Religious Education degree

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