EPISCOPAL SEMINARY OFFERS DOGA PLACE ON THEOLOGY COURSE

A Calhoun County man is going to seminary, and he's taking his dog along.

In fact, the dog was accepted before he was, said Aaron Hudson, 29.

"Clara is a certified professional therapy dog," Hudson said. "Clara has a very special presence. When she's in an environment, it really changes the character of that environment. Clara helps to create a relaxed environment. She's a conversation starter."

The two will start classes at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. They were honored Sunday at a send-off at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Fort Dodge, where Hudson did lay ministry.

"Aaron is a very gifted person who already has great skills in ministry," said the Rev. Richard Graves, rector at St. Mark's. "Those skills will only be bolstered by the rigorous theological education he will get over the next three years. The X-factor is Clara. Clara, this wonderful, beautiful golden retriever, who in some ways has a ministry of her own. Together they make an unbeatable combination."

Full story at THE MESSENGER.

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EPISCOPAL SEMINARY OFFERS DOGA PLACE ON THEOLOGY COURSE — 9 Comments

  1. How lovely.

    Cathy and I are, at this moment, getting therapy from the dogs and cat at Peinmore House on Skye.

    Lots of “Oooh” and “Aaah” views here on Skye.

    Mimi

  2. Clara, will you now explain the hypostatic union to us? That’s a tough one as well. Thanks in advance.

  3. And to think – Ft. Dodge is only about an hour away from where I live and I would never have read this if not for your blog. I may steal this for the Buddy also. j

  4. I’m now imagining how much better seminary could have been for me, w/ a friend like Clara with me. 🙂

    [Happy JCF: in a couple of days, I’ll have another meet-up w/ my brother’s Golden, Bailey. Various balls, Frisbees and hopefully sticks (in water) will be fetched! :-D]