I recently attended a theological conference in Missouri. As I drove down a residential street near my childhood home I passed a house with a Notre Dame flag in the front yard. I was immediately seized by an almost overwhelming desire to stop the car, walk up to the house and introduce myself. It was as though I had found a long-lost cousin who I knew would be happy to see me. Most Notre Dame alumni will relate to what I was feeling. Once you’ve attended Notre Dame you forever feel a connection with and love for fellow alumni and for this great institution.
My experience is a bit different than that of most who have attended the University of Our Lady of the Lake. I'm a Mormon - a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Actually, I was reared Greek Orthodox, converted to Mormonism, then studied theology at a Catholic university and a Protestant seminary. It's probably no surprise that I ended up teaching world religions for a living. I suppose Clement of Alexandria would refer to me as a *stromateis *- a patchwork of sorts. I've been influenced by many traditions and many approaches to [God and religion.]("http://www.nd.edu/%7Endmag/sp2007/gaskill.html")