The seminary’s second-largest graduating class received their degrees on Monday evening, May 11, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel on the campus of Hope College. Western Theological Seminary awarded 42 Master of Divinity degrees, five Master of Arts degrees, three Master of Theology degrees, three Doctor of Ministry degrees, and three Graduate Certificates in Urban Pastoral Ministry. Prominent church historian Dr. Justo L. González was the commencement speaker. He spoke to the graduates about the Ascension of Christ, emphasizing Christ’s absence and Christ’s victory. He stressed that there is love in Christ’s absence, allowing us to steward creation and God’s people with the help of the Holy Spirit. “The victory,” he said,“is that Christ is seated with God where we will join Him someday. Like a mother teaching her child to walk, who is waiting around the corner for him, Christ is absent from us,allowing us to learn to walk towards him until the day he will finally embrace us.”

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