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“Bidden or Unbidden, God is Present”

May 25, 2020

This is my final Monday morning email to you, and I’ve chosen a Franciscan Benediction. May it be a blessing, a challenge and an encouragement as we continue to respond to COVID-19, prepare for the fall term and, always, consider how we engage with the world around us in meaningful ways. May God bless us with discomfort,At easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships,So that we may live deep within our hearts. May God bless us with anger,At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,So that we may

“Bidden or Unbidden, God is Present”

May 20, 2020

On Friday past I announced this year’s recipient of the General’s Medal, and it drew my thoughts again to all of our 2020 graduates. The song printed below was intended to be the closing song of our Convocation service on April 26 as we sent our new graduates out from our campus community. It is just as relevant for each of us as we consider the need to act across boundaries to create a shared future in our world, and to be agents of hope,

2020 General’s Medal Recipient – Lieutenant Courtney Kelly

May 15, 2020

Congratulations to Lieutenant Courtney Kelly (BA/20), for receiving the 2020 General’s Medal from Booth University College. The General’s Medal was established by General Shaw Clifton as a result of his presence with us for our 25th Anniversary Celebrations in 2007.  The General’s Medal is awarded to an extended learning graduating degree student who has achieved a high academic standing (minimum AGPA of 3.6), who has demonstrated potential for leadership in The Salvation Army, and who has demonstrated a clear intellectual and experiential grasp of the

“Bidden or Unbidden, God is Present”

May 11, 2020

For today, Psalm 8, paraphrased by Leslie Brandt (Psalms/Now, 1986). O God,how full of wonder and splendor You are! I see the reflections of Your beautyand hear the sounds of Your majestywherever I turn.Even the babbling of babesand the laughter of childrenspell out Your name in indefinable syllables. When I gaze into the star-studded skiesand attempt to comprehend the vast distances,I contemplate in utter amazementmy Creator’s concern for me.I am dumbfounded that Youshould care personally about me. And yet You have made me in Your

“Bidden or Unbidden, God is Present”

May 4, 2020

“While optimism makes us live as if someday soon things will get better for us, hope frees us from the need to predict the future and allows us to live in the present, with the deep trust that God will never leave us alone.”  (Henri Nouwen, in MMC Connects, Manitoba Multifaith Council, April 26, 2020) Hebrews 11:1 puts it this way: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Today, some restrictions in Manitoba have been lifted and that is welcome news. It tells us we are moving forward as a province in

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE FROM BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

Booth University College continues to support the health and safety of all Students, Faculty, and Staff as we work in partnership with public health officials with regards to COVID-19.  The Crisis Management Team continues to meet regularly. We have been working diligently to respond to this constantly changing situation. At this time, Booth UC will remain closed to non-essential personnel.   As the province begins to re-open, we look forward to the provincial government’s statement on post-secondary education in the coming weeks. MOVING FORWARD Cabinet, supported

“Bidden or Unbidden, God is Present”

April 27, 2020

I hope you had the opportunity to view the graduation video yesterday, or that you will be able to this week. Graduating student, Camillia Layne (BSW), did a wonderful job of creating this opportunity and bringing it all together with help from a few of our staff, and it is a lovely commemoration of our graduating class. Thank you to all who participated in this joyful celebration of our students. For today and the coming  week, may Psalm 103 and this wonderful old hymn refresh

Dr. Donald Burke Named Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of Booth University College

Booth University College has announced that Dr. Donald E. Burke has been appointed Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of the University College with effect 10 June 2020.  Dr. Burke will replace outgoing President Dr. Marjory Kerr, who leaves Booth UC to take up new responsibilities as President and Vice-Chancellor of Tyndale University. For most of the past 38 years, Dr. Burke has served as a Professor of Biblical Studies and is widely acknowledged as a biblical scholar whose studies and teaching have focused on the Old Testament. His

2020 Chancellor’s Medal Recipient – Zachary Marshall (BBA/20)

April 26, 2020

Congratulations to Zachary Marshall (BBA/20), for receiving the 2020 Chancellor’s Medal at Booth University College. The Chancellor’s Medal was first awarded at Booth UC’s 25th Anniversary Graduation in 2007 and is given to a graduating Winnipeg campus degree student who has achieved a high academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.6), demonstrated significant spiritual development, and contributed in significant ways to the life of the University College and the wider community. Dr. Marjory Kerr, President, Booth UC shares the announcement by video:

Congratulations to the Graduates of 2020!

Today is a special day. Although different from what we had planned, it is still a day filled with excitement and celebration.First, we’d like to wish each and every one of our grads congratulations, prayers and blessings as they move beyond Booth University College to the next stage of their journey. Second, while the Booth University College community cannot gather in person for Spring Convocation, we have gathered our hearts, prayers and community voices together in a video compilation, which you can access by clicking on