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   Susan Klein '77 M.Div.

   9606 Oakmore Rd
   Los Angeles, CA 90035-4022

 

 


 





Class Notes

Welcome to 1977's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates on what they've been doing since graduation.  Enjoy!

Moved? New job? Retired? Newly married? New grandchildren? Please submit your Class Notes to your Class Secretary or the Alumni Office by August 31, 2008, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.

     

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Notes from 2008

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Steve Bennett ’77 S.T.M. has recently been appointed as Superintendent of the Northwest Plains District in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. For the past seven years he has served as senior pastor of Westwood United Methodist Church in Cincinnati. Steve and his wife, Madora are now making their home at 1703 Sherry Lee Dr., Lima, OH 45807. They welcome old friends to stop by.

 

This summer Susan Klein ’77 M.Div. had the good fortune to visit Kristin Foster ’77 M.Div. and Frank Davis ’77 M.Div. on the Iron Range in Minnesota where they've made their home for nearly 20 years. Kristin’s ministry with a Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron is progressive and pastoral. She is deeply loved, leading the church through its resurrection after the building was burned down 10 years ago and creating a place where gifts abound. Frank is pastoring two Presbyterian churches and working as a family and pastoral counselor. Children Emily and Tyler are launching just as the family has moved out to a 100-acre farm. Susan would love to hear from any of you. Please click on her name for a link to her e-mail.

 

Chris Glaser ’77 M.Div. has published 10 books, including Coming Out as Sacrament  (Westminster John Knox Press, 1998) and Henri's Mantle: 100 Meditations on Nouwen's Legacy (Pilgrim Press, 2002). He collaborated with his dog, Calvin, in writing Unleashed: The Wit and Wisdom of Calvin the Dog (Westminster John Knox, 1998). Chris's courageous ministry for four decades for the full acceptance of LGBT people in the Presbyterian Church has made us all proud. Ordained by the MCC while remaining Presbyterian, Chris has served as interim pastor to two congregations. He lives with his partner of eight years in Atlanta.

 

Steve Bennett ’77 S.T.M has recently been appointed as Superintendent of the Northwest Plains District in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. For the past seven years he has served as senior pastor of Westwood United Methodist Church in Cincinnati. Steve and his wife, Madora, are now making their home at 1703 Sherry Lee Drive, Lima, OH 45807 and would love to hear from old friends.

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Margie Mayson ’77 M.Div. served in a variety of United Methodist Churches in upstate New York from 1977 until 2005 when she decided it was finally time to take a sabbatical as she tries in midlife to discern what she is to do next. She loves the church but it is a lover's quarrel for her. She enjoys the free time and spending time with family. Her husband Wes Perkins is a professor of Sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Their oldest just began graduate school at Harvard School of Public Health and their younger daughter is a senior at Skidmore College. They love their dogs.

Kendrick Norris ’77 M.Div., ’01 S.T.M. has served at the First Congregational Church of Guilford since graduation. In this time it became an Open and Affirming Congregation, has helped settle over 100 refugees from every corner of the globe, and has just begun a mentoring program for ex-offenders. Over the last 29 years, he has been busy learning about the soul through a D.Min. from Andover Newton, an S.T.M. from YDS, a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Foundation.  He is currently studying at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. He reports he is a slow learner.

 

 

Erik Strand ’77 M.Div. currently serves Edina Community Lutheran in the Minnesota. After 17 years he is still having fun. Two years ago the church sued the state of Minnesota to stop an NRA inspired “gun possession bill” which would limit our ability to give witness to God’s passion for peacemaking and non-violence. They have won each court case and are currently waiting on another. His wife Deborah is a social worker in an elementary school. Their oldest son Jacob is a 3rd year student at Mayo Medical School and just was married (It was great to have Patricia Lull ’77 M.Div. in attendance). Their youngest son Joseph (Patricia Lull and Leonard Hummel ’77 M.Div., ’80 S.T.M. are two of his 3 Godparents!) is in his first year at YDS.

Susan Snedeker-Meier ’77 M.Div. has been serving the Presbytery of Tampa Bay in Florida for seven years as an executive for mission. Her responsibilities include the development of new faith communities; the outreach ministries of peacemaking, hunger and justice; and international ministries.  She thinks of her work as involving “everything we do after we say we believe!”  The work is complex, fascinating and a constant source of amazement about the power of the Spirit in contemporary society.  She loves being involved with many different ethnic and immigrant groups.  Snedeker-Meier traveled to Palestine/Israel, Iona in Scotland and throughout the United States in the summer of 2006 on sabbatical.  Part of her research involved exploring how other faith bodies engage in developing new communities and how those groups keep core values as well as passion, enthusiasm and fresh ideas.  Susan’s husband Hank serves a multicultural church in Tampa.  They have an eleven year old daughter.