"Some will wonder if I have health concerns, and others will ask if I am angry at the Anglican Church. The answer to both questions is no. I am well and I love our church. I am an Anglican and hope to always minister in accordance with the grace and mercy of Christ our Saviour." Victoria Matthews '79 M.Div. and the first female bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, August 2, 2007, Anglican Journal , in the story "Bishop Matthews of Edmonton to resign."
"The Chicago Cubs are more than just a baseball team to me. As a psychotherapist and UCC minister, I often cite the Cubs and especially Cub fans as examples of faithfulness and perseverance even in the face of frustration and loss. The Cubs are a metaphor for life." Michael Heath '74 M.Div., August 8, 2007, Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard , in an article about his participation in the Chicago Cubs' Ultimate 7th Inning Stretch Contest, in which the top 10 contestants will sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Wrigley Field.
Donald Beisswenger '56 B.D. was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Macalester College at this year's alumni association awards convocation. Beisswenger, who graduated from Macalester in 1952, joined Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1968 and became a professor and director of field education, where he guided students to connect religious faith with personal and social existence. His work brought national recognition to the divinity school for the excellence of the field studies program.
"One of the difficulties we faced in Senegal was the culture. You can't just come in and tell people to do things differently than they've been doing for years or generations. You have to reach out to them. In a sense, we have the same thing here. It's a mistake to set up barriers; you have to be conscious of the differences in culture in each place, whether it's Senegal or Dundalk." Richard Brown-Whale '81 M.Div., Dundalk (MD) Eagle , August 2, 2007, in the article "New Pastor Brings Missionary Zeal to Dundalk," about Brown-Whale's transition to Dundalk United Methodist Church after serving as a missionary in Senegal.
Ann Tiemeyer '88 M.Div. , currently director of Koinonia, an urban ministry in New York , will assume the post of program director for Women's Ministry at the National Council of Churches, effective October 1, according to an Aug. 7 announcement from the NCC. As such, she will seek to champion the spiritual and professional development of women in positions of leadership and responsibility in the NCC and its member churches. She will also develop programs and experiences that will encourage women to become involved in the ecumenical movement, especially young women.
"Nancy is a superb preacher, a thoughtful pastor, an accomplished leader, and respected public voice on social justice and religious issues, who affirms every person as a child of God." Larry Bowers, chair of the Old South Church search committee that unanimously chose Nancy Taylor '81 M.Div. to be the first woman to serve as senior pastor of the historic Boston church, in the article "A Table Spread for All," in the Spring/Summer 2007 issue of Emma , the alumni magazine of the Emma Willard School in Troy , NY.
Emilie M. Townes, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at YDS, will give a lecture at the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, O on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. on the subject, "Does Your House Have Lions?: Citizenship and Faith in Today's World." The lecture is free and open to the public. The Church of the Covenant is located at 11205 Euclid Avenue , Cleveland , O 44106. For more information, please contact Rev. Laury W. Larson at (216) 421-0482.
Thomas F. Ryan '72 M.Div. , chair of the Department of Religious Studies at St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, Fla., has been named director of the Loyola University New Orleans Institute for Ministry (LIM). Ryan has been on the St. Thomas faculty since 1997. He was twice selected as the university's "Professor of the Year." The mission of LIM is to prepare women and men for ministerial leadership in Catholic and other faith communities.
"The intention of the donor is to honor the legacy of two ecumenical leaders who valued the importance of faith, theological rigor and education. The gift will assist in funding the participation of the 100 theological students from across the country who have been accepted to attend the Faith and Order fiftieth anniversary event in July 2007, and to help secure the future of the Commission's programs for younger scholars. The key to the success of the ecumenical movement is the training and development of the next generation of church leaders and theologians." Ann Riggs, associate general secretary for Faith and Order of the National Council of Churches, June 18, 2007, announcing a gift in memory of two ecumenical pioneers – Paul S. Minear '32 Div., '32 Ph.D. , who taught New Testament at YDS from 1957-71, and James I. McCord, former president of Princeton Theological Seminary.
"My sisters and I learned to cook by taste, like playing by ear. Meals were found-art installations. Some people make tasteful bookends from driftwood. We made dinner from available contents of the fridge and pantry. I read my cookbooks like paperbacks, skimming ideas and promptly ignoring whatever didn't suit my fancy/budget/equipment." Kathryn Banakis '09 M.Div. , July 11, 2007 , Washington Post , in her article "Cooking for One? My Compliments to the Chef."
Former U.S. Representative Guy Vander Jagt '57 B.D., who represented the West Michigan Lakeshore in Congress for 26 years and was known for his oratorical skills, died June 22, 2007 at his home in Great Falls, VA, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75.
"Make peace, not fear.... Those whom we fear cannot teach us; those we make afraid cannot see God's love in us." From the document Finding God's Values in Today's World; A Pilgrimage for Understanding at Forest Hill Church , Presbyterian, in Cleveland Heights , OH. Religion News Service , July 12, 2007. In the article "One church has lessons on a house (of God) divided," written by David Briggs '85 M.A.R. about the congregation of John Lentz '83 M.Div.
Susan Ericsson '82 M.Div. will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her ordination at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Devon, PA, on September 23, 2007. Congratulatory notes may be sent to Liz Harmon at Lnomrah223@hotmail.com or Allen Benner-Smith at email@example.com.
Ronnie A. Yoder '64 M.Div. has established the Ronnie A Yoder Scholarship for students enrolled at Virginia Theological Seminary as Master in Divinity and Master in Theological Studies Degree candidates "to advance the study of love as an appropriate center of Christian theology, life, preaching and practice, and to explore love as an ecumenical theme unifying all of humankind's religions."