The Close

The Close: A Young Woman’s First Year at Seminary by Chloe Breyer

Chloe Breyer has written a deeply personal account of her first year at Union Theological Seminary in New York. The story is modeled, appropriately, on the Christian Year, though her reflections on each season as it relates to her seminary education wane as the book and Year progress. Then again, I too struggle to take notice of all the riches of the seasons, feasts and fasts, let alone reflecting upon them.  Particularly interesting were her struggles and insecurities over the efficacy of the Church’s mission in a post-modern world and her narrative of life as a hospital chaplain.  Indeed, I found the tales of a New York City chaplain so interesting I wondered with all the variations on successful TV show ideas (CSI, Law and Order) why ER: Chaplaincy has never aired.


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