Same Team

Same Team

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June 24, 2019

So our two oldest kids are involved in sports, not because they inherited athletic genes and powers from their parents (duh), but because my wife and I feel like physical activities and social interaction at their young ages (8 and 6, respectively) can't hurt. One of my earliest memories of watching both our kids play tee ball was the raucous mob of kids joyfully mobbing each other every time a ball dribbled into the infield. Didn't matter what position they started at, but without fail, like moths to a flame, the kids would all converge on the ball, roll around in the dirt until one of them successfully emerged from the scrum, ball in hand, signaling that it was time for the base runners to stop and the infielders to return to their starting position. It was funny and maddening all at the same time. It wouldn't take long until you heard a parent or coach yelling, "SAME TEAM!!!" And that's what I want to talk about.

One of the great honors I have discovered working as the campus minister at OSU is the real sense of shared ministry I feel with the communities of faith our many students hail from. I think it is important to remind you all that while our ministry here has a specific location, it is a shared one encompassing not only our diocese and the other dioceses or even faith traditions our students call home. It may seem as though you have handed them off once they graduate high school, but I don't see it that way at all. True, they may or may not return to their home church as often as you (or their parents) would like, but Blake and I both believe that we aren't just working on your behalf, but on behalf of the next church and the one after that. We're all on the same team, right?

One way you can help us is by letting us know when you have a graduating student, even if they aren't headed our way. We have cultivated relationships with other campus ministers, not to mention colleagues and friends from seminary, and chances are, we can help make a connection with your parishioner wherever they land.

If they are headed to OU or OSU, please let us know so we can reach out to them and make them feel welcome. Or if they are going to another school, we’ll try and get in contact with the chaplain or local clergy there.  In many ways, ours is a ministry of continuation. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue the good work you've begun in our church and look forward to partnering with you in the future. Go team!


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