property with them. Highsmith wrote
“Our main concern ended up being,
‘Well, what about the people that don’t
want to leave? What will they do for
their congregation? Should they just
be left out in the cold?’” Highsmith
used his blog to praise his classmate:
“I was really proud of my fellow TSAD
from SFTS, Jeff Ferguson, who stood
up and gave an impassioned statement
for the redefinition of marriage be-
cause he’s an evangelical conservative
that believes in equality.” Highsmith’s
blog posts included several mentions of
generational gaps. “It was obvious that
we are somewhat of a divided church
on these big issues,” he wrote. To read
more, go to
Picturesque Bouick Field, encircled
by towering redwoods on the SFTS
campus, has become a popular place
for students and their fellow theolo-
gians from the Graduate Theological
Union to play kickball. For the second
time in six months, SFTS students in-
vited their colleagues from the GTU
to cross the bay for a game of kickball
earlier this fall. Even SFTS President
Jim McDonald has joined in the fun.
SFTS community members have
always found ways to stay active.
There’s the annual Seminary to the
Sea hike from San Anselmo to Stin-
son Beach at the beginning of the aca-
demic year, club soccer teams, casual
Frisbee and football, and there’s even
a gym on campus.
History shows that SFTS moved
from San Francisco to San Anselmo
in 1892 in part because of Marin’s
healthy environment needed to pro-
mote the development of mind and
body. The SFTS
magazine re-
ported in 1922: “Physical development
is not neglected. Athletics are encour-
aged. Gymnasium is required. The
Seminary believes that to reach (ones)
efficiency as a minister one must be a
virile (person).”
SFTS President Jim McDonald joins
SFTS and GTU students in a game
of kickball on Bouick Field.
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