Gay Christian author Chris Glaser '77 M.Div. the subject of much media attention over the last two decades because of his struggle to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), was scheduled to be ordained Oct. 2 in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. The MCC was founded in 1968 as a church inclusive of all persons regardless of sexual preference. Glaser was the recipient of the Divinity School 's 2004Alumni Award for Distinction in Lay Ministry.
Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of World Christianity, has been appointed to the Vatican 's Commission for Religious Relations With the Muslims by Pope Benedict XVI, according to a report from the Catholic News Service. The commission is part of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The Vatican announced Sanneh's appointment on Sept. 10, along with the names of five other new members of the Commission. Appointments are for five-year terms.
“She was a joy to know and a trusted, valued colleague who helped … in reaching the destiny of this University during deeply troubled years.” Bill Friday, president of the University of North Carolina 1956-86, speaking at a memorial service for civil rights activist Anne Queen '48 B.D., who died June 12, 2005 at the age of 93.
Ann Calvin “Cally” Rogers-Witte '69 M.A.R. was elected executive minister of Wider Church Ministries at the United Church of Christ's 25th General Synod held July 1-5 in Atlanta, effective October 1.
“Why, in an age of religiosity, has Niebuhr, the supreme American theologian of the 20th century, dropped out of 21st-century religious discourse? Maybe issues have taken more urgent forms since Niebuhr's death—terrorism, torture, abortion, same-sex marriage, Genesis versus Darwin, embryonic stem-cell research. But maybe Niebuhr has fallen out of fashion because 9/11 has revived the myth of our national innocence. Lamentations about ‘the end of innocence' became favorite clichés at the time.” Historian Arthur Schlesinger, in the article about Reinhold Niebuhr '14 B.D., “Forgetting Reinhold Niebuhr,” New York Times, September 18, 2005
Joe R. Jones '61 B.D., '70 Ph.D., visiting professor of theology at YDS during 2005-06 and professor emeritus of theology at Christian Theological Seminary, has written a new book, On Being the Church of Jesus Christ in Tumultuous Times. Published by Cascade Books, the official publication date was September 2005.
Richard H. Hiers '54 B.A., '57 B.D., '61 Ph.D., emeritus professor of religion and affiliate professor of law, emeritus, at The University of Florida, was appointed a “Distinguished Fellow” at Eckerd College 's Center for Spiritual Life, 2005-06.