2014 CDSP Commencement Address

2014 CDSP Commencement Address

Dr. Jenny Te Paa Daniel, left center, being introduced as the 120th CDSP Graduation speaker.
by Dr. Jenny Te Paa Daniel

E toku whanau I roto I te ingoa o te Karaiti.

Greetings to us all as we gather in the name of our Creator God.

Let me first acknowledge with deep respect the land upon which this sacred institution stands and the ancestors who originally kept dutiful watch. Let me also acknowledge with equally deep respect and gratitude those currently entrusted the stewardship of our beloved Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Bishops, the Trustees and the Dean and President. I have more to say to some of you in just a little while!

I bring warm greetings from so many of your sisters and brothers from the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, particularly those who have enjoyed association with CDSP in past years. All have asked that I convey their very fondest love and best wishes especially to the graduating class!

As I gaze upon this assembly, especially upon those of you who are the graduating class, let me say I share so completely in the immeasurable pride and relief of your families, your friends, your teachers and your younger peers who are no doubt, right now visualizing themselves in this moment in a year or so.

And so to the class of 2014, do savor this glorious and greatly deserved moment of yours for here in this day and especially in this ceremony is the culmination of all you have struggled for, yearned for, worked hard for, prayed for, possibly even wept for over the past three or more years.

I am so much in awe of the inspired and faith filled decision you have each made to place yourselves in the service of God’s mission, to place yourselves therefore in the service of those who are the least among us in any of our given societies.

You are being liberated (for now!) from the academy, now is your time therefore to determine just how best you will give effect to all you have learned. Now is your time to step out without either the constraints or the protections you have enjoyed as students, now therefore is your time to exemplify just how non-conformist you are prepared to be...click here to continue reading the full commencement address.

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