What would Christmas be without light? As the dark days of winter set in we hang brightly coloured lights to shine. These lights brighten our homes and communities, and also remind us of the One who is the true light. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in the darkness but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)
When we reflect on the year 2020, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Yet, even in these troubled times, lights have shone. Acadia Divinity College (ADC) graduates serve in many difficult situations and bring the peace of Christ when and where hope is needed most.
- Pastors caring for communities in rural Nova Scotia after a mass shooting.
- Military chaplains offering comfort and peace after a tragic helicopter accident.
- Christian leaders championing racial justice during a time of social unrest and inequality.
- Hospital chaplains working in care homes where COVID-19 has been devastating.
Rev. Renée Clark (MDiv ’02) is one of those graduates. Serving as the Spiritual Care Liaison for the Northwood continuing care facility in Halifax, Renée has worked to bring the light of Christ to the residents, staff and their families during the early months of Nova Scotia’s coronavirus outbreak. “2020 has placed me in more challenging situations than I could ever have imagined at the beginning of the year.”
Renée embraced the risk and helped residents facing end-of-life situations when family visits were severely restricted, if permitted at all: “The spiritual needs within these walls became greater than ever, especially as families were separated from their loved ones.” Yet God was ever-present, enabling her to bring comfort and hope. ADC prepared Renée for this moment.
“During my time at ADC, I learned how to be with people as they are, and where they are, to be wholly present and seek to understand their hopes and fears,” she says. “At Northwood, I strive to bring some joy to the residents and to show them that they are loved.”
Rev. Renée Clark (MDiv ’02)
Spiritual Care Liaison
ADC graduates are present in communities across our region and around the world. In times of great uncertainty, the need for Christian leaders to bring Christ’s light to the world is ever more urgent. Your gifts enable us to ensure we prepare people like Renée to navigate and respond to the increasingly complex realities they face in their ministries.
This Christmas, please give to help our students be equipped
to shine the light of Christ into the darkness.
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