Students are finding McCormick the place for learning to listen to themselves, each other, today’s issues, and the communities around them.
Kim Lewis closed her eyes while listening to a classmate share parts of her life story. Instead of focusing on their different appearances, Lewis could hear how they often shared similar life experiences.
Knowledge of different cultures and backgrounds were not the reasons Lewis, a second-year M.Div. student, had enrolled at McCormick. Having taught Bible studies at her church and created a nonprofit organization that mentors young women, Lewis came to expand her biblical knowledge and learn more about offering ministry. Yet it’s been listening to and interacting with her peers, professors, and the community that have been one of the greatest benefits of studying at McCormick.
“I had not taken the time to look outside my own social location to see the extent or depth of marginalization and oppression that occurs outside the black community,” said Lewis. “By closing my eyes, I could see that we were basically telling the same story. What’s encouraged at McCormick is gaining a richer understanding of our own… more