Exchanging ideas: Meet our exchange students
(L to R: Hannah, Stephanie, Carol and Gabby)
Among our arrivals this term are four exchange students joining us from the United States, as part of our growing relationship with two outstanding global institutions: three from Yale, and one from Sewanee at the University of the South. They have shared their thoughts and reflections on what Westcott will bring to their own faith journey.
Hannah Pommersheim. Hannah is a second-year student from The School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee. She is a Postulant from the Diocese of Texas.
I wanted to come to Westcott to learn more about the Anglican Communion and to see first hand what training is like here. I also wanted to build relationships across the communion. I have found Westcott to be an incredibly welcoming community. I feel like I'm already learning so much about the CofE by being here. I've had thought provoking conversations about issues, theological and practical, affecting the Communion as a whole and our churches particularly.
Stephanie Burette. Stephanie is an exchange student from Yale Divinity School, Berkeley Divinity School (the Episcopal seminary at Yale) and the Institute of Sacred Music. She is in her second of three years and is a Postulant to Holy Orders in the Convocation of the Episcopal Churches in Europe. Her sponsoring parish is the American Cathedral in Paris.
I am delighted to worship and study at Westcott House, which offers the precious rhythm of community life and daily services in the academic context of Cambridge University. I have been warmly and genuinely welcomed by the community, and really look forward to participating in the shaping of it, by receiving, giving, and simply being present with one another.
Carol King. Carol is pursuing a Master's degree in Philosophical Theology at Yale University.
I came to Westcott in order to experience a style of academics and a style of worship that is different than what I experience at Yale. What can be learned from these experiences goes far beyond what can be taught in a classroom. My first impression of Westcott is that it is a very welcoming community. Everyone is friendly and willing to help out and answer questions. Dr Beth Phillips has gone to great lengths to make sure that our academic requirements are accommodated.
Gabby Cudjoe Wilke. Gabby is in her final year of study as an M. Div. candidate at Yale Divinity School. She is on the ordination track with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she currently serves on staff as a Young Adult Pastor.
I was drawn to this study abroad experience so that I could train with
other ordinands, and to give myself a global perspective to ministry.
The experience has been better than I could have imagined! Westcott students and faculty have embraced my differences and welcomed me into their space. I have been spiritually enriched by the daily offices of prayer that we share here and the city of Cambridge has been a beautiful background to my theological study. From cycling to
afternoon tea; common dinners and shared Eucharist - the cultural
rhythms of the UK have been quite charming. I look forward to the rest of this term.