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The Value of Seminary

The author preaching at Church of Mary Magdalene on a recent Wednesday evening. Photo © Hannah Hill. “But why go to seminary?” I heard this question so many times in the months before I left for my first year of seminary. Usually, I would be sitting across the table from a weighty Friend, and the conversation would progress to how we don’t🔒

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Ashley M. Wilcox is a recorded minister and pastor of Church of Mary Magdalene. She is a member of Freedom Friends Church and a sojourning member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting. Her writing has been published in Friends Journal, Western Friend, and various Quaker anthologies, as well as on her website, ashleymwilcox.com.


Posted in: June/July 2017: Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem, Lives of Friends

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One Response to The Value of Seminary

  1. Allison Ellsworth June 15, 2017 at 8:36 am #

    City & State
    East Lansing, MI
    I read this article yesterday and I so appreciated this perspective. I myself graduated with a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2015 (while living on campus of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary where my husband attended). I did not start attending my Quaker meeting until after I received my degree, but I can confidently say my seminary experiences are what led me to Quakerism. We would do well to support those who have felt that seminary would be beneficial for their personal life or ministry purposes. I am now a hospice chaplain because of my degree, and am continuously looking for ways to bring the Quaker identity into it. Thank you for publishing this article.

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