On the morning of April 28, Sam Carothers led Meredith’s Wednesday Worship just as he has many times in the past. This service was special because it was Carothers’ last before his retirement as chaplain at Meredith College, a position he has held for more than 27 years.
Students, faculty, staff, friends and family joined Carothers for the service. Carothers told those gathered that his years at Meredith had been “a rich journey.”
During the service Carothers reflected on Meredith College as a community in which he had experienced “times of grief and times of great joy” with those he’s worked with and served.
Using theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Life Together” as the basis of his message, Carothers defined community as a group of “people committed to one another in the best of times and the worst of times.”
Professor of Music David Lynch, who is also retiring at the end of the semester after 41 years at Meredith, played the organ and served as a worship leader for the service. Lynch noted that he served on the search committee that helped to hire Carothers.
As Meredith prepares to hire his successor, Carothers had advice for the next chaplain at Meredith.
“You are walking into an incredibly fine group of people,” Carothers said. “Get to know them, build trusting relationships, and you will love it here.”
Look for additional coverage of Sam Carothers’ retirement from Meredith in the summer issue of Meredith Magazine.
Date Submitted: 2010-04-25
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