I know you have all been waiting on pins and needles for my next long overdue post…so here it is, Dave Bjorlin’s glorious return to blogging.
What has happened since I last posted? I am nearing the end of a semester that has been somewhat crazy. The Powers that Be at the University decided that the seminary should end at the same time as the undergrads. Thus, are semester, which starts three weeks after the undergrads, was shortened two weeks. This means all of our classes are fifteen minutes longer (2 extra hours a week), and we have the same amount of work with two less weeks to do it all in. So, it has caused much weeping and gnashing of teeth on the part of both seminary students and faculty. I think we have found it to be a failed experiment.
I was also in Ecuador. It was a wonderful trip, and if you really want to know more about it, ask me.
I have some major life decisions to make in the next few months, so maybe you can help me. Right now I am deciding whether or not to be a pastor or go back to more school. If I go the more school route, I would want to study theology with an emphasis on liturgical studies, which would put me at either Notre Dame, Boston College, Catholic University, or Garrett (Northwestern’s seminary). So, what do you think?
I have really been nostalgic for Northern Minnesota the last month or so. Especially when the weather begins getting warm, my whole being tends to “lean North” (to borrow a phrase from a professor). I just want to be sitting on the shores of a lake with my family and/or friends listening to loons at a bonfire fed with old, crusty paper birch logs. I think when things gets busy, Duluth also serves as that larger metaphor of “simpler times,” whether that truly ever existed or not is up for debate. Luckily, I will for sure be getting up there the weekend of the 22nd for Luke and Chelsey’s wedding…a wedding which will be my first that I officiate!
So, this summer looks like it’s shaping up to be both fun and productive. I will be working as a delivery man (in my case) at Gethsemane Garden Center part-time as well as continuing at the church. On top of that, I hope to be taking a reading course with one of my professor’s to brush up on the theology of worship. I also hope to enjoy Chicago in the summer with all the games, concerts, and festivals that entails.
I’m thinking of making a video game called “Modern Diplomacy.” In it, you would work for a State Department and instead of fighting with other countries you would have to talk and debate your way to peace. This would require you to know the culture of the country you are working with, deciding what to hold firm on and what to give a bit on, and maybe even using a few carrots and sticks to get what you need. What should your woman diplomat wear as she goes into a meeting with conservative Muslim leaders? Should you pursue sanctions to make that other country fall in line or try for incentives? Are these tariffs that benefit your country worth losing exports from a certain country? These are the difficult questions you would have to answer as you played. Yeah, it might not sell as well as war games, but it’s the principle of the thing.
So, three more weeks of school and then we are on to summer!