Life at Pilgrim Theological College is pretty much busy all year round, with classes held from February to November. But every year the College pauses on the last Thursday in October to celebrate the achievements of those who are on the cusp of completing their studies at the College and the University of Divinity. The 2022 Valedictory Service was an opportunity to congratulate 32 students who are about to complete a course in theology, leadership or ministry. We also recognized three students who are about to complete their formation for ministry in the UCA. They leave the College to take the next step towards ordination. The gathered community prayed for those who would soon be leaving, and listened to a challenging message from Revd Duncan McLeod, who is soon to take up the role of Executive Officer in the Synod’s eLM unit.
The Valedictory Service provides a chance to celebrate the life changing learning that takes place at Pilgrim. It was a special joy to be able to celebrate in person, and to be reminded that the call to follow Jesus is an invitation to learning and transformation.