“Every human activity can be put at the service of the divine and of love. We should all exercise our gift to build community.” ― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
Hello new friends!
As some of you have probably already heard, I will be joining the Episcopal Student Center at UT this year as the new campus missioner. Though it has been and continues to be a whirlwind of a change for me (and, I imagine, for y'all as well), I am extremely excited to begin this next semester and get to know both the students and the campus. I have heard such great things about the Student Center for a long time now, and as I've started meeting folks involved in the ministry I've been greatly impressed by energy, leadership, and faithfulness present in this community. I know that God has gifted this community with amazing people, and has great things in store for all of us this year.
To tell you a little bit about myself: I am a native Canadian, born in Toronto, which I am fiercely proud of. I have lived in Texas for the past 8 years, 6 of them in Austin and the last 2 in Houston, and, if there's anything I love as much as being Canadian, it's being an adopted Texan! Though I was not born or raised in the Episcopal Church, I found my way into it while wandering and wondering on my spiritual path growing up, and time and time again have found myself strengthened, guided, challenged, and equipped by the treasures of the Church, and one of the things I'm passionate about is helping the Student Center share those treasures with one another and with the community around us.
Friends, if there is one thing that stands out to me thus far, as I have gotten to know the folks involved here at the Student Center, it is that there is a real longing to bring the world closer to something resembling the Kingdom of God, a willingness to learn about, and get involved in, and work towards a better world. And so I am very much looking forward to getting started this year, working in such an amazing place, with such amazing young leaders. See you all soon!
God bless and keep you,
Fr. Eric Holloway+