Chaplains, please remember that this coming Sunday, February 5th, is not only the 5th Sunday after the Epiphany, but also it is Theological Education Offering Sunday. Those of us who went to Episcopal seminaries probably remember our experience of being sent out to local parishes on this Sunday to speak to congregations about theological education financial needs. At no time in our memory has a quality theological education been more expensive than it is today. One of the excellent and efficient ways to get scholarship aid into the hands of our seminarians is through the Society for the Increase of Ministry (http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=84dth8cab&et=1104371579915&s=911&e=001fffOouVaH7lfZpc-nfAugGYQnpdC97ODEmmJz28-m7_Q1cbm2S_mTB--zeSefaDyBdyPyYQWAkxUfvk2kAbcsrp1CqvfMvM2nAPtyJ23dVLPb1MUO3PpZQ==). In fact, some of you may have been recipients of SIM grants and scholarships while you pursued your theological education. I was and recipient of a SIM scholarship, and I am thankfully giving to SIM as a way to continue the work of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. If you are unconvinced or need to be inspired to give, take a look at this YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/SIMministry1.
By the way, we are working with SIM to establish a scholarship stream that will be available to seminarians who are destined for to join our federal chaplaincy ranks. As soon as it is up and running we will get out the word to you.