"Dale showed all of us how the power of the press could be used to enrich people's lives, to enlighten them, to build community and understanding, His words brought grace and beauty to pages too often filled with despair." David Boardman, managing editor, Seattle Times, in a June 7, 2006 obituary for the Rev. Dale Turner '43 B.D., who served many years as pastor of Seattle's University Congregational United Church of Christ and as a columnist for the Seattle Times.
"He's absolutely a brilliant lawyer and scholar and an absolutely wonderful person who is committed to the law school and North Carolina and making both of them better," Mike Smith, dean of the University of North Carolina's School of Government, June 7, 2006, The (N.C.) Herald-Sun, on the selection of Jack Boger '71 M.Div. as dean of the UNC School of Law.
"We have so many wonderful people and YWCAs working to eliminate racism. It was difficult to select only three from so many deserving nominees. I'm so proud of our YWCA people and the programs they have developed to make racial justice a reality." Peggy Sanchez Mills, CEO of the YWCA USA, May 2, 2006, announcing the selection of Bernice Cosey Pulley '55 B.D. and two other women for awards recognizing outstanding contributions in the field of racial justice. Pulley was a former student leader member of the YWCA National Board and former representative of the World YWCA to the United Nations:
"I think that ultimately people have experienced an open church here. I think there will be a lot of visceral reaction to the closing down of things. Now it might not play out in direct opposition but I think people are discouraged. I think people are looking for other ways to live out their faith, as Catholics, but there are frustrations." George Noonan '79 M.Div., May 12, 2006, in the National Catholic Reporter story "A Radical Shift: Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City and the remarking of a diocese," about Finn's dismissal of Noonan, for 21 years the chancellor of the diocese, and to cut back on the diocese's programs of social engagement and lay empowerment.
Keri Day Harrison '04 M.A.R. has written a book entitled Seeds of Greatness: Transforming Women, Transforming Lives, published by True Vine Publishing. Day is currently a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University in religious and philosophical ethics and adjunct professor in medical ethics at Tennessee State University.
Celebrated author and preacher Barbara Brown Taylor '76 M.Div. has a new book out with HarperSanFrancisco, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith. According to the publisher, the book offers Taylor 's "own reflections on the struggle between the church she serves and her personal relationship with God."