Jon Carl at Princeton Theological Seminary

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A brief outline of my very brief time at Princeton Theological Seminary…

After breaking my golden handcuffs with Bloomberg, L.P., I attended Princeton Theological Seminary as a special student. I studied theology with Mark Lewis Taylor, New Testament with James H. Charlesworth, world religions through world literature with Charles Ryerson and a course in society and the church with Professor Fenn. I sang in the chapel choir under David A. Weadon, a delightful man who was one of the many who died too soon in the 1990s.

At Princeton Theological Seminary, I was in heaven and in hell. I was the only openly gay man living on campus; another openly gay student was forced to live off campus the year before after having his boyfriend spend a platonic night (I’m told) in the dorms. Nevertheless, I applied for admission… and my application was lost… after it became known on campus that I was gay. (Although the seminary is way  more accepting now, I think I’m still getting over this.) I quickly applied to Harvard Divinity School and was accepted. So…

I left Princeton in the summer of 1990 to experience life at Harvard… and beyond.

More to come…

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