A Letter from the Dean
Little did the Truett Seminary family know when we were actively engaged in strategic planning last year that COVID-19 would cast such a long shadow upon this year. To say the least, the impact and repercussions of the pandemic on our life together have been considerable.
If obstacles for (theological) education have been legion amid a protracted pandemic, opportunities also have been present. Indeed, by God’s good grace — coupled with the good work and the good will of so many both within and beyond Baylor and Truett — we have made identifiable, measurable progress on any number of significant fronts. In the “News” section of this issue of The Cord, we draw attention to six substantive initiatives that we have managed to “stand up” over the spring and summer.
In doing so, we have been guided by the four foundational pillars and propelled by the four strategic priorities articulated in our Light the Way document, which emanated from a strategic planning process in which we engaged last year in concert with Illuminate, our University’s strategic plan, and Give Light, the comprehensive philanthropic campaign. Unveiled last November at our Friends of Truett dinner, Light the Way continues to guide our Seminary’s steps.
In this annual edition of The Cord, so ably envisioned and executed by Ms. Maxcey Blaylock, Truett’s Media and Communications Specialist, you will encounter informative, inspiring articles related to our foundational pillars (location within a Christian research university; commitment to academic instruction and spiritual formation; vibrant residential community; and faithful partnership with churches and organizations) and strategic priorities (student scholarships; faculty support; innovative learning; continuing education).
As you read and reflect upon these various stories, may I ask of you a favor? Would you please pause and ponder how you might help to strengthen and support your Seminary? As we enter into our twenty-sixth year of equipping God-called people for gospel ministry in and alongside Christ’s Church by the power of the Holy Spirit, we have much for which to be grateful and hopeful. We also have much yet to do. May we count on you?
Warmly and truly yours in Christ,
Todd D. Still, Phd
Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean
William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures