Students at the Barrytown College of the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) got a face-to-face meeting with Dr. Michael Balcomb and Dr. Hugh Spurgin on Thursday, March 19, and learned of some sobering realities and some good news, too.

Two Unification pastors, both working moms, are newly enrolled as students in the Doctorate in Ministry degree program at UTS, in which students meet in Barrytown for 2 weeks in August and 2 weeks in February, and do the rest of their coursework at home.

Twenty five Barrytown students celebrated Thanksgiving in a unique way this year-with Tai Chi, meditation, and lectures on Samsara and Karma by a Tibetan Buddhist Monk, Lama Wangdue, who holds the venerable title “Geshe” from the Sera Jay Monastery in India.

The two-credit course on Buddhism began the evening before Thanksgiving and spanned until Sunday afternoon. Student response was positive. One reflected that the course was “one of the best” he had experienced at UTS. Another remarked that the exposure to Buddhism helped her better understand her own religious tradition.

Geshe Lama Wangdue was appointed to the UTS faculty as Lecturer in Buddhism in the Fall 2007. The next Buddhism intensive course with Lama Wangdue is scheduled for the Spring of 2008. Contact the registrar for details.

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