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Sarah Grove '08

“I came to love reading biblical texts in their original languages and, eventually, I was taking Koine Greek II and Intermediate Hebrew..." -- Sarah Grove

sarah grove headshotSarah Grove ’08 completed a master’s degree in theological studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2010 and, in fall 2011, began a pastoral care specialist training program through the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Grove works as a project assistant for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University Law School.

She selected Elizabethtown College because of its comprehensive approach to education and the ability to purse interdisciplinary academics. After taking courses from various majors, she declared her major in religious studies and selected a minor in mathematical sciences. When it came to fulfilling the College’s language requirement, she chose a challenging course: Koine (biblical) Greek. That led to a deeper study of the ancient language.

“I came to love reading biblical texts in their original languages and, eventually, I was taking Koine Greek II and Intermediate Hebrew,” she said. “Other course favorites of mine were Bible as Literature, Religion and Nature, and Women in the Hebrew Bible, which introduced me to textual criticism, feminist interpretations and eco-feminism, and theologies from around the world and throughout history.”

Proud moments from her E-town experience include successfully defending her senior honor’s thesis--a translation from Hebrew to English of Psalm 49, an examination of its themes of death, wealth and justice--and, on the athletic side, participating the 2007 Division III Cross Country National Championships in Northfield, Minn.

Grove says Elizabethtown College’s themes of global citizenship and peacemaking come into play as she approaches caregiving and theological creativity--and equipped her with the tools and education she needed to succeed in graduate school. E-town's mission of lifelong learning and service remains very close to her. After all, pastoral care-giving requires the true presence and the ability to serve those who need care and counsel.

“Fortunately, my time at E-town reinforced, for me, that this giving of my time, energy and resources for the benefit of others is one of the highest goods. Every day at Vanderbilt Law School, I am learning more about the brain and neuroscience, law, psychology, criminal justice. As an E-town alumna, I see myself as a lifelong learner, who will take this knowledge with me as I continue to work as a counselor and caregiver committed to healing, peacemaking and social justice,” she said.


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