This is a screen shot of my financial obligations to the U.S. Dept. of Education, representing several semesters of the seminary education I completed in 1997.
Talking openly about clergy seminary debt is part of my commitment to challenging and changing outmoded, emotionally and professional repressive and destructive ministerial personae for the 21st century. Even the most generously paid among us probably spent the first years of service woefully under-compensated and accruing more debt. I know I did.
The U.S. Department of Education just re-designed their web site and made it really easy for me to get a gander of just how much interest I am accruing day by day on each of my little loans. Let me tell you, that was a big ole OUCH. On the previous site all I saw was how much I owed that month on my combined loans. I pay far above the stated amount in order to chop away at that principle, but … still ouch.
My fantasy is that some great admirer of my ministry will write a check to the U.S. Dept. of Education and I’ll click on that web site someday and it will say, “GIRL, SOMEONE PAID THAT THING FOR YOU!”
C’mon, you fantasize the same thing!