The Brent House Welcome

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Here’s another recently-found bit of student writing, this time Beverly Lau’s thoughts on finding Brent House:

Someone told me one time, “I’m glad you found Brent House.“  And I  told him, “No, I’m glad Stacy found me.“  I would not have known about Brent House were it not for Stacy’s tabling at the Graduate Student Information fair.  Unlike most students who have figured out their preference in religion by the time they reach grad school, I had not figured it out yet.  Stacy seemed nice, and I had already been told that I would enjoy the Episcopal church by a friend of mine.  I had been  going to another church on campus, and there was hardly a community there.  When I went to Sunday Eucharist at Brent House for the first time, I remember staying after the service for dinner, and I talked with Nina and Entzu, who were very welcoming and with whom I had good conversations about this-that-and-the-other.  I decided to try it out for a while.  The week after, I met Bishop Persell.  Then a couple of weeks later, I met (or at least saw) the Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, speak at All-Saints, Ravenswood.  I made a lot of friends, and it made Brent House seem more like home than like church.  I was instant messaging a friend online from Wednesday afternoon tea (because like all cool churches, Brent House has wireless internet).  He asked me where I was, and he was so confused as to why I was “at church” in the middle of the day on a Wednesday.   Brent House is a cool place to be, and there’s always food no matter  what’s going on --- something that will get any grad school student out of the office and to church!

--Beverly Lau, Graduate Student, Medical Physics