Wednesday, January 03, 2007

GOEs, day 2

Well, the second day of the bar exam General Ordination Exams is over. I am pretty happy with today, but not quite as thrilled as yesterday. The good news is that the broad question theme seems to be holding. Today's questions were Theology (bible and prayer book) and Contemporary Culture (bible and prayer book.

The Theology question was a straight up scenario of a parishioner asking you want was the meaning and relevance of Council of Chalcedon and Definition of th Union of the Divine and Human Natures of Christ, as found in the BCP. I feel like I nailed that one, as Patristic theology is one of my interests.

The second question in the afternoon, was a bit harder. It was not so much hard like "Dude, I have no idea what this means" but hard as in "Dude, this is so broad, how do I fit this into 3 pages and cover it all." The question was:

"When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:33-34, RSV)
"Jesus said, 'The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.'" (BCP 351, Mark 12: 29-31)

It has been said, "No leap of theology is required to place ministry to displaced, uprooted persons in a fundamental relationship to our Christian calling." The mass movement of peoples from one place to another, be it on account of natural disasters, or for political, economic or religious reasons, is not a new phenomenon, as history teaches us. But in today's world, the complex problems it can bring about have taken on particular urgency in many countries throughout the world. Opinions vary widely about how to solve such problems.

In a three-page essay,
• outline major social concerns inherent in such large-scale relocation, and • elucidate what you consider to be the essential elements in a Christian perspective on them.

In your essay, use resources from scripture and tradition and, as appropriate, from your own knowledge and experience, illustrating your response with at least one example of a contemporary situation involving the mass migration of peoples."

I was pretty happy with my answer, but being such a broad topic, I felt like I had to cut a lot that I really wanted to include. Overall, though, I am happy with GOEs thus far.

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