Katy (nee Lucas-Buckland) graduated from Carmel in ’98. She is married to Rich, and mom to Jude, Luca, & Elodie.
Wayne asked me to do this bit for the Short Report just after I spoke to this year’s class of students during chapel last week. Just after I’d ribbed him for having been my teacher 20 years ago! And it reminded me of my year at Carmel and just how significant chapels were to me, how significant laughter combined with faith combined with learning combined with service, with so many things really, were key parts of my first year away from home.
There are countless things that my Carmel experience taught me—these lessons resurface from time to time, and not infrequently. Titles of textbooks alone pop into my brain when facing specific realities or life challenges: “Marriage Takes More Than Love”, “Contagious Christian”, and, probably the most significant for my personal growth and worldview, “Created For Community”. I can’t tell you what was in these books anymore, but the overarching themes, the debates we had, the processing we did, left a mark on the journey God has brought me on over the last 20 years (I still can’t believe that’s true, but even with my limited math skills, I really can’t deny it when I see it on paper like this).
The beauty of sharing life together, and trying to understand what it means to love God and love each other, as a unit, is a singular experience.
My Carmel year was me standing on the cusp of becoming an adult and having a team of staff and a context of experiences and friends to challenge and encourage me further into a life imbued by the presence of God. We were a group of students that filled out each others’ lives in immeasurable ways. We were so different, so many backgrounds and values, but the beauty of sharing life together, and trying to understand what it means to love God and love each other, as a unit, is a singular experience. And I continue to be grateful for it.