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Dug Swank

Ministry setting

The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

What brings you joy in your ministry?

Being used by God's grace to help bring about the Kingdom.

Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?

So great a cloud of witnesses have gone before me, I don't think I could limit it to one. Highest on my list is my mother, who has been in ordained ministry for 27 years.

What are your interests outside of ministry?

Music, theatre, massively online roleplaying games, and polite debates.

Best meal you've ever eaten?

Besides the Eucharist? Typically it is WHO I'm with, not what I've eaten that makes for the best meals. Friends gathering at conventions, laughing and being totally rambunctious.

Brief bio

Being a Good Lutheran calls us to be comfortable with dualistic constructs; saint and sinner, Law and Gospel, missional and relational, jello and salad. God's reign is at hand, and when you see the world with God's goggles, where power is irrelevant, where love is all, where no one is stranger, and where God's extravagant grace supplies our real needs.

Did you always want to be clergy?

I felt a calling to the Office of Word and Sacrament back when I was 9 years old. I was a pipe-liner until I decided the Church had a hoop I was not willing or able to jump through. I avoided or denied any thoughts about leading worship for a few years, but kept finding myself wanting to do more than just sit in a pew, or on the organ bench.

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