The Master of Religious Education (MRE) program at the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) is a prime example of how religious studies are pioneering new roads in the implementation and practice of both teaching and learning and also interfaith peace building.

I was born in the Netherlands, stereotypically known as the land of windmills, tulips, bicycles and cheese. Among intellectual types, the Netherlands is also known as the land of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, of Erasmus and Spinoza.

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robin-debacker-badgeIt's official. I'm an employee at Bridgeport Hospital, and here's the badge I get to wear. For the next 9 months I'll be a resident chaplain, which means I'm still in training. I love visiting patients, and bringing them a listening and discerning ear. I have a lot of freedom, which I love too, and can spend as much time with a patient as necessary.

Today I visited a Korean woman and her husband who didn't speak much English. The nurse wasn't expecting me to be able to communicate with them, but speaking Korean came back to me. I got a big thumbs up from the patient, and a bow from her husband, and I left feeling pretty good.

Every day something interesting happens! I love it! Finally where I want to be.

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