It seems appropriate that in the week after Pentecost, when we celebrate the empowerment of the first disciples by the Holy Spirit for the work of spreading the joy of the Gospel and building up the communion of the Church, we also celebrate commencement for many students matriculating out into the world from their various schools. Thursday, May 19, at the same hour I presided over commencement ceremonies for St. Luke’s Day School, Dean Markham, the Faculty and the Board of Trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary gathered to bestow degrees upon their graduates, including the Rev. Dr. Ketlen Adrien Solak who received her DMIN. Ketlen’s thesis Cultivating Faith through Storysharing is based in part upon work she did with students and parents of the J2A program while serving as associate rector of St.Luke’s. This Trinity Sunday, May 22, Ketlen will reflect upon her thesis with us at the 8am and 10 am services and during the Adult Forum. I hope you will join us to give thanks to God for the fullness of the gift of the incarnation in which we participate by the power of the Spirit and to celebrate with Ketlen this milestone accomplishment. May all our graduates at every level, Preschool, Elementary, Middle, High, Undergraduate, Post-Graduate go to the world and live with us the redeeming grace of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.