I am so pleased that I just have to share this ... since my retirement one of the things I have been doing is some volunteer work at Wesley Theological Seminary, a United Methodist institution in Washington, DC. About 40-50 of the more than 400 students enrolled there are Baptists, and I have been working to pull them together, resource them, and provide outlets for them. I have also taught Baptist Polity twice now, and became aware of the need for a course in Baptist History and Identity. The seminary will pay for only one course that is specific to a given confession, but can approve and add other courses if the group involved will pay for it. I decided not only to raise funds sufficient to pay for the course once (i.e., an instructor's stipend), but rather enough to endow the course in perpetuity. By this past summer those funds had come in from individuals and local churches, and had been invested. Tonight the course opened. Sixteen students signed up! Dr. William Moyer, a retired pastor with a PhD in American religious studies from George Washington University is the teacher. I feel so pleased to be able to see this come to fruition and to know that it should continue for many, many years to come.