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President’s Travelogue: Bath Spa, England

Jay Smith, President  |  March 10, 2017 1:08 pm

The rolling hills of Somerset, Devon, and Gloucestershire I have landed this week in Bath Spa, England. It is located in Somerset county, the southwest of England. It is adjacent to the River Avon, and is at the southernmost corner of the Cotswolds. Other than the magnificent Georgian architecture, the historic Roman baths, and the … MORE

President’s Travelogue: Lent Reflection

Jay Smith, President  |  March 6, 2017 12:34 pm

In all of my travels on this trip, I’ve seen massive, ancient buildings of worship. From village church buildings to great cathedrals. These edifices were built in a 400-year period of time between AD1000 and AD1400, a time of great investment in all things spiritual by Western culture. MORE…

President’s Travelogue: Devon, England

Jay Smith, President  |  March 6, 2017 12:13 pm

Driving in the left lane in a right land world On this trip to England, I rented a car. I had promised myself when I first started travelling to England for my postgraduate research studies that I would never rent a car here because it always felt like when in a car, we were in … MORE

President’s Travelogue: Hatherleigh, Devonshire, England

Jay Smith, President  |  March 1, 2017 6:03 pm

I attended an Ash Wednesday service in one of the smallest villages in Devonshire, England tonight, Hatherleigh. The church, St. John the Baptist Church, is an Anglican church whose building has existed for over 600 years. MORE…

President’s Travelogue: Edinburgh

Jay Smith, President  |  February 27, 2017 11:06 am

Cultural Stew The first day of my trip to Scotland and England was unremarkable in many ways – four different airports, not much sleep, airplane food, and followed by an early, rainy arrival in Edinburgh. But it was also remarkable in a few ways. I had an encounter with a young business woman from Edinburgh, … MORE