By Ann Riggs
We rejoice at the success of the first session of our revised, school-based (modular) Diploma in Theology curriculum. Students began the new curriculum in April at Kaimosi, but will continue their studies at home until the next session in August. The revised curriculum has a stronger emphasis on pastoral application of the skills and knowledge learned in the academic portion of the program.
We rejoice at the high academic performance of the students in the September 2012 semester in the cooperative Diploma in Theology partnering with St Paul’s University, Limuru.
We rejoice at the success of our first sessions of study at our new satellite and affiliation programs. In response to requests from yearly meetings and established missions, we have begun to make available at other sites the same certificate level programs we offer on campus in April. In partnership with Elgon Religious Society of Friends (Lugulu Yearly Meeting), we successfully began the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry in Lugulu near the original site of FTC.
We rejoice in receiving our first annual bonus from Williamson Tea and our first sugarcane harvest. Our investment in these larger-scale, off-campus crops constitutes our small, but real, Friends Theological College endowment. Friends Friends Theological College can buy Williamson Tea in the US at www.teadog.com. We are very grateful to the Quaker Men who gave us the start in tea farming.
We rejoice in our challenges as well. Like the majority of students at all levels of study in Western Kenya, our students struggle to meet their fee payments in a timely manner.
All in all, we rejoice.