"Back to School!"

Campaign Created by: Ed Kalish

The funds from this campaign will be received by Ed Kalish.

Goal : USD $15,000
Raised : USD $ 400

I have recently been accepted into the Master of Theological Education degree program at Wisconsin's Nashotah House Theological Seminary (NHTS). This is a three-year "distance learning" program, meaning that most of the work is done online. But four week-long class sessions per year at the campus are also required. This is a wonderful opportunity, as it will serve to further immerse me in the Anglican tradition in which I now serve as a priest. 

I was just installed as rector of Ellsworth, Maine's St. Thomas Anglican Church. Seminary will further equip me not only for St. Thomas, but for the wider church, in which I hope to contribute meaningfully through writing, speaking, and any other ministry to which I might be led. In these highly secularized times, quality training and education are a necessity if God's chosen instruments --and I hope I am among them-- are to exercise any meaningful influence. 

My expenses include the cost of tuition, technology fees, books, my room and board during the quarterly week long sessions, and travel to the Wisconsin campus.

It is never too late to learn! Even as many of my peers may have retired, or are considering it, it appears I have found my vocation after a lifetime of preparation.

Your joining with me in this faith venture will be a tremendous source of encouragement to Linda and me.

You can "visit" NHTS at Nashotah.edu.

Thank you.

UPDATES

Update #1
June 29, 2016
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Following is a link to the CV of the Nashotah House Old Testament professor teaching my first course, beginning July 11, 2016: http://wtctheology.academia.edu/MatthewLynch/CurriculumVitae

Update #2
June 26, 2016
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The attached scene dates from 1971, the very first days of my new Christian life. The scene is the "Rising Son Ranch", a ministry that had been founded in the Trinity County hills of Northern California. It was generously supported by "straight" (meaning "non-hippie") people with a love for youth. I had been living in desperate isolation and a state of incredible mental confusion in a nearby valley. Kind representatives of the Ranch sought me out, and the rest is history! (I am the bearded guy with the guitar!)



 

Update #3
June 25, 2016
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Many thanks to today's Anonymous Donor!

Below is one of the most beautiful moments of my life:

Update #4
June 25, 2016
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  I thought I should AMPLIFY my appeal, with a few more thoughts:
  • ReconnectionFor those among you with no particular contact with church history, Traditional Anglicanism (as represented in a seminary like Nashotah House), finds its sources deep within the past two millennia of the church's existence. It's a bit like a well: the depths are pure and profound, but they often remain untouched. Both Scripture and godly tradition have guided the Church from the beginning (see 2 Thessalonians 2:15). One should not be ignored at the expense of the other. 
  • Restoration: It has become my personal conviction that the Church needs the power and the authority that it once possessed, in order to speak into the modern conscience. In spite of the mike I'm holding, I don't think increased authority comes from a few notches up on a volume control! It comes from love for and immersion in God's Word, but also from order (see Colossians 2:5)! This includes the blessing of heirarchy. I've seen it at work in Traditional Anglicanism.
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  • Revival: Most everyone likes this word. It's the equivalent of : "Happy Days are here again...!". But I'm using it a bit differently. For those willing to get down and dirty, there is a needful task to perform: And they shall rebuild the old ruins. They shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations (Isaiah 61:4). The Church, with all its imperfections, has been a principal glue among those influences that serve to cement together a world that is crumbling.
This is a very high calling, to which I invite all who read this to consider participating in. I think the seminary will assist me in fulfilling my portion of the task. THANKS!

(Photos are by Lee and Connie Rand)

Update #5
June 24, 2016
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Dear "Back to School" Friends:

First of all:
  • Thanks very much to the first donor: "Anonymous". You are known to God.
  • I have changed the campaign goal amount, to reflect the approximate annual sum that is needed.
I am very grateful for the "likes", comments, and kind expressions that the campaign has received thus far.
I will post more soon...
Sincerely,

Ed

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