“Alone, I am what I am,
but in community I have the chance to become everything that I can be.”
~ Sr. Joan Chittister
From the beginning God created us to be in community, not alone. We began our seminary experience as part of a community and over the years we grew closer together as we supported each other through classes, worship, internships, CPE, ministry experiences, and life events. As we challenged, encouraged, laughed with, taught, loved, comforted, cried with, nourished, strengthened, prayed for each other, we were as Christ to one another.
The end of our seminary adventure is close at hand and we will soon leave school with a graduate degree and a Berkeley diploma or certificate. While these credentials will certainly help us as we go forth in ministry, they are not the most important thing we take with us. What our respective ministries will always reflect is the support of the BDS community that we take with us and will remain with us as part of our lives.
We all share a desire to serve God and to follow where Jesus leads us. In this, we won’t be journeying alone, but will be accompanied by each other, our beloved friends from BDS. As we live out the great commandments of loving God and our neighbors, we continue to grow closer to God, the God who created us each unique from the other and to be in community each with the other.
 Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991), 49.