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   The Rev. Mary-Jo Romberger Cliff '81 M.Div.

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   Honesdale, PA 18431



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Welcome to 1981'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.



Notes from 2008


Michael Christensen ’81 M.A.R. has been named National Director of the Communities of Shalom Initiative, Drew University. Since 1992 the Shalom Initiative has grown in global proportions. Michael will guide Drew in further development of the program. For more details about this exciting new opportunity, please see the press release.

James D. Edwards ’81 M.Div. has been pastor of Stow Community Church (UCC) in Stow, OH, near Akron, since 2005. James teaches theology courses in the Eastern Ohio Association’s Partners in Ministry program, which trains lay pastors and attends the Karl Barth Society meetings at Princeton Seminary every year.  He owns a 27-foot sailboat, and sail it in the Lake Erie Islands near Sandusky.  James’s son, Lanse, is now 15.  He raises chicken and sheep, and has a thriving egg business.

After serving Faith Lutheran Church in Rochester, NY since 1989, Bill Flammann ’81 M.Div. accepted the call to serve as senior pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Herndon, VA, and was installed in November of 2007. He and his wife, Christine, recently hosted Gale Rizer, widow of Kurt Rizer ’82 M.Div. for the July 4th weekend. Kurt had served as the Flammann’s “best man” in 1982.


Henry Kalt ’81 M.Div. is working as a Senior Managing Consultant at IBM. Lately, he has been working in Turin, Italy. He acts as a subject matter expert in areas of risk and compliance. His wife, Kathy teaches language arts at the middle school in Manchester, CT. They are practicing Buddhists, having converted about a decade ago. Their only daughter Kelly, died of cancer at the age of 18, on September 1, 2000.

Allison Stokes ’81 M.Div. is Director of the Interfaith Chapel and Director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the University of Rochester. She is also Founding Director of the Women’s Interfaith Institute—in the Berkshires (1992) and in the Finger Lakes (2003). Allison’s son, his wife and children (16 and 13) live in Charlottesville. Her daughter, her husband and children (11, 8, and twins 4) live in Durango. Alison’s home is in historic Seneca Falls. Visitors are welcome!


Notes from 2007


Michael Christensen  '81 M.A.R. has been named National Director of the Communities of Shalom Initiative, Drew University. Since 1992 the Shalom Initiative has grown in global proportions. Drew, under Michael's direction, will further guide development in the areas of peace an wholeness within communities. For the full article on this note, please see http://gbgm-umc.org/global_news/pr.cfm?articleid=4707.

Kent J. Siladi ’81 M.Div., after serving for 10 years as Regional Minister for the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, has accepted a new call to serve as the Conference Minister of the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ.  He began his ministry there in Florida on July 16th.

Jerrald L. Townsend ’81 M.Div. retired as an Episcopal priest in 2002, having served 23 years mostly as an Interim Rector in eight parishes throughout northern Ohio. Having completed a Master's degree and licensing in counseling, he also worked part-time as a counselor in substance abuse and mental illness as well as interpersonal relations. Townsend retired from that in 2004 but still works with a few clients in a local psychological practice. He now serves as President of the county Mental Health Association and on the diocesan Mission Commission. His partner of 26 years, Robert Bennett, retired in 2006 from Kenyon College as professor of Classics, and they enjoy having a freer schedule in their 1875 farmhouse with an acre of garden. Townsend lists his address as 405 E. Wiggin Street; Gambier, Ohio, 43022-0567.