Jared Stahler '06 M.Div., vicar of Saint Peter's Church in Manhattan, reports that St. Peter's hosted an interfaith Global Days for Darfur vigil April 23-27 organized by the congregation's Peace Fellowship. Said Stahler, "The impact of public vigils and events like this is in the people who gather for them, people who seek authentic expressions of faith at work in daily life. Cradling the gravity of the situation in Darfur in the ritual, speech and meditation of religious traditions invites people to act as whole people, with faith integrated into response to a contemporary crisis rather than set apart from it."
The mother-in-law and sister-in-law of Dwight Andrews '77 M.Div., '93 Ph.D. died in Baton Rouge, LA at the end of April, the victims of an apparent double homicide. Andrews and his wife, Desiree Pedescleaux, ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: The Marie & Denise Pedescleaux Education Fund, c/o Dr. Desiree Pedescleaux, 1462 Biltmore Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. Expressions of sympathy may be sent there as well.
Joseph Hough '59 B.D., '65 Ph.D. has announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2008 as president of Union Theological Seminary in New York. Hough, who assumed the presidency of Union in 1999, said he and his wife, Heidi, "enjoyed our time at Union immensely, and both of us believe that the eight years we have been privileged to be in the Union community have been among the best years of our lives."
"We could always count on him to be so wonderful and helpful to students having difficulties or facing times of crisis." Yale College Dean Peter Salovey, Yale Daily News, April 30, 2007, commenting on Jerry Streets '75 M.Div., who is leaving his post as Yale University chaplain after 15 years.
James F. Childress '65 B.D., '68 Ph.D., the Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics, Professor of Medical Education, and Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics at the University of Virginia, received the Jefferson Scholars Faculty Prize at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington on April 16.