Words for convocation and beyond

At the beginning of the spring semester, Provost Claire Sterk installed three faculty chairs and delivered the convocation address for Candler School of Theology. "Developing a response in the face of ambiguity and pressures to adjust to 'new' realities implies that we must be prepared to fill in the blanks in ways that capture our values, in words as well as in actions," Sterk said. "It also requires that we do so collaboratively through engagement and negotiations. We should expect that process to include healthy debates, including ones in which we agree to disagree. These debates will get us to answers and solutions to challenges. If we agree that something is worth having, we must invest in efforts to make it happen."