Charge to the Community

President Donald R. Eastman III

President Donald R. Eastman IIIDear Friends:

For more than half a century, Eckerd College has sustained it covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Through the decades we have supported and nurtured, served beside, and learned from each other. Today we gather to reaffirm our history and look toward our future.

When a congregation calls a new pastor, it looks with affection on the stories and people who have brought it to this point and turns its eyes toward the next chapter. As Eckerd College installs, for the first time in its history, two Presbyterian ministers of Word and Sacrament to head its Spiritual Life programs, we, too, turn our eyes toward the new possibilities for spiritual life on this campus.

We celebrate in this Installation the vision of those founding presbyteries, congregations, women, and men by confirming their vision of what the Reformation was all about: to take God's word out of the closely protected monastic cloister and bring it into the streets and homes and classrooms of everyday life.

We also celebrate in this Installation the myriad ways the Eckerd College community honors faith -- from a commitment to world-class teaching and learning to the dedication of students and alumni engaging in service across the globe.

As Eckerd College looks toward the next half a century, we do so grateful for our partners in the Presbyterian Church (USA).