News Valediction - Reverend AKM Adam
Graduates of Marlboro College, a valediction forbidding absence.
When you were children, we offered you gifts that befit children:
organically-grown, natural-finish wooden building blocks;
and superhero underwear.
This morning, we offer you gifts that befit your greater standing:
ambiguous circumstances, in which you will have to make life-changing decisions;
and ironic superhero underwear.
Before we let you go - speaking on behalf of Marlboro College, and especially on behalf of your teachers, we thank you for the gifts you have brought to this community: the gifts of diligent striving, of persistence, of reckless joy, and of boundless promise. Thank you for trusting us, for working with us, for receiving our wisdom and answering us from your own.
Thank you for your grace, your energy, your honesty, your loveliness.
And now, I will not send you away; you will go, whether I send you or not.
Instead, I bid you remember that at Marlboro College, you have made a home with truth. And once you have made a home with truth, you can always come home again, wherever you travel, no matter how far your sauntering takes you. Always come back to the truth, and to this Potash Hill where truth makes a home with us.
ABOUT A.K.M. ADAM
A.K.M. Adam is currently Visiting Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy at Bowdoin College, an M.Div. and S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University. Ordained to the priesthood in 1986, he has served a number of schools and parishes, most recently including the Parish of St. Luke's, Evanston. AKMA has taught at Eckerd College and Princeton Theological Seminary before coming to joining the faculty of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he taught New Testament and Early Church History. He spent one semester at the Names Foundation in San Francisco, studying the inter-textual relation of the Bible and the AIDS Memorial Quilt. He has written and edited numerous books and articles, including What is Postmodern Biblical Criticism? (1995), Making Sense of New Testament Theology (1995), A Grammar of New Testament Greek (1999), A Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation and Postmodern Interpretations of the Bible: A Reader (2000), and Faithful Interpretation (2006). His articles have appeared in Interpretation, Teaching Theology and Religion, Scottish Journal of Theology, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, and Anglican Theological Review.
Reverend Adam is also the father of Josiah (Si) Adam '09, and was proud to participate in his son's graduation ceremony.