"Let unity, the greatest good of all goods, be your preoccupation." - St. Ignatius of Antioch (Letter to St. Polycarp)

Monday, June 8, 2009

2009 Letter and Spirit Summer Institute

Left to right: Taylor Marshall, Neal Judisch, John Kincaid, myself, Br. Sebastian CFR, David Wills, and Curtis Mitch. At the far right of the photo, Scott Hahn is serving pasta.

Last week I attended the 2009 Letter and Spirit Summer Institute in Steubenville, Ohio, hosted by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. It was an outstanding experience. I won't go into the details here just now. (See Neal's entry for more details.) I want to reflect on it and bring out some more developed thoughts in the near future. It was a privilege to meet Scott Hahn, and to sit under his teaching for a week. Though he is more well known for his popular works, he is a first-rate scholar in biblical theology. That can be seen clearly in his recent book Kinship by Covenant (Yale University Press, 2009). Praying the hours with the Franciscan brothers was also very edifing. I especially enjoyed meeting Neal, Taylor, and John Kincaid. John is also a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary. He went on to study at Duke, and is now working on a PhD in theology at Ave Maria. He was received into the Catholic Church last year, and very shortly he will be joining our team of contributors at Called to Communion. Below is another photo from last week; this is of the four of us with Scott Hahn in front of his house.

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