Anyhow, I think Austin Seminary is going to turn out to be a great choice. The community seems really welcoming and family-like, the classes seem interesting and the faculty are very well credentialed (most hail from schools like Vanderbilt, Emory, University of Chicago, Harvard, and Princeton), and the atmosphere has the laid-back, eclectic Austin vibe. The student body is more diverse in church backgrounds than I expected as well. Already I've met folks ranging from Unitarian/Universalists to Church of Christ, as well as a former Assembly of God couple who had connections with Dan Kimball's emerging church out in the California Bay Area.
So yeah, the first day was good. Tomorrow we head out for a mini-retreat for some swimming and community building activities. Friday we finish all the logistical stuff and sit through a few more orientation talks. Classes start Tuesday next week. Woo-hoo!
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