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Kathleen LaCamera, ’83 M.Div., a journalist and member of Democrats Abroad and resident of Cheshire, England, was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 program “Beyond Belief” on Jan. 12 to speak about reactions to the election of Barak Obama as president.  Joining her were Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Dwight Hopkins, professor of theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School and member of Obama’s former church, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.


"It's really special to receive this consecration to serve God's church in the family that taught me so much about what it meant to follow Jesus," Timothy Boerger ’08 M.Div., San Antonio News Express Weblog, Feb. 8, 2009, about his ordination at St. Paul Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, the church he grew up in and where his father, Carlos Boerger, has been pastor for over 30 years.


Richard T. Nolan ’67 M.A.R. and his partner, Robert C. Pingpank, invite all YDS alumni to their wedding, to be held June 4, 2009, at 4 p.m. in the Trinity College Chapel, Hartford, CT.  The celebrant will be David T. Taylor ’81 M.Div., senior pastor at the First Church of  Christ, Congregational, Glastonbury, CT. Also officiating at the service will be Allison Read ‘97 M.A.R., ‘03 M.Div.



The debut novel of Todd Johnson ’05 M.A.R., The Sweet By and By (William Morrow, ISBN 13: 9780061579523, $24.95) went on sale this month. Central to the inspiration behind the novel were the journal writings from time Johnson spent with his grandmothers.   The novel tells the story of five southern women of different ages and different backgrounds whose lives come together in as journey of courage, hope and humor. Johnson was raised in North Carolina, the great-grandson of a rural Baptist preacher.  Johnson was a producer of The Color Purple on Broadway in 2006, for which he, along with Oprah Winfrey, was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical.

 “This is the end of a journey and today I rejoice because He has brought me this far.”  Walter Fauntroy ’58 B.D., Washington Informer, Jan. 21, 2009, in the story “Fauntroy Delivers Final Pastoral Sermon.”  Fauntroy grew up in New Bethel Baptist Church and delivered his final sermon there, after serving as the church’s pastor for 50 years.  He was a prominent leader in the Civil Rights movement and represented Washington, D.C.’s At-Large district in the House of Representatives  from 197101991.  He was a leader of the historic March on Washington in 1963.

All Saints’ Atlanta rector to preach on ‘Day 1’

Geoffrey Hoare ’82 S.T.M., rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Ga., is the featured preacher March 1 on “Day 1,” a nationally broadcast radio program also accessible at www.Day1.org. The  program includes a sermon preached by Hoare along with interviews conducted by the program’s host and executive producer, Peter Wallace. Hoare’s sermon, for the first Sunday in Lent, entitled “Enemies,” is based on Psalm 25. “What are we going to learn about the paths of righteousness in the wilderness time of Lent? First off, we can expect to learn something about enemies,” he says. “Our enemies can be found outside us or within us, but for most of us, most of the time, the real danger lies within us.” Day 1 was formerly known as “The Protestant Hour.”

The 2007 Beecher Lectures of Peter Hawkins ’75 Ph.D., professor of religion and literature at Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music, have been published in book form by Seabury Books.  Entitled Undiscovered Country: Imagining the World to Come, the book examines the world of life after death, using Dante’s drama of the afterlife, the Divine Comedy, as a source of inspiration.   Seabury publicity materials say, “Hawkins uses the Divine Comedy to help us imagine what happens when we die  as he makes his way through Christian tradition, contemporary culture, a rich array of literature, and his own experience.”

Nicholas Hood ’76 M.Div., former member of the YDS Alumni Board, is running for mayor of one of the most troubled cities in America, Detroit.  Pastor of Plymouth United Church of Christ in Detroit and a former member of the Detroit City Council from 1994-2001, Hood also ran for mayor in 2001.  In a Feb. 8, 2009 article, the Detroit Free Press called Hood “the quality –of-life candidate in the field, focusing his campaign on upgrading the amenities so many Detroiters go without.”


“I did not recognize myself. It was like I was having an out-of-body experience. It is the antithesis of who I am.” Curtissa R. Cofield ’77 M.A.R., when she viewed the tape of an incident with police officers that led to her suspension as a Superior Court judge in Connecticut.  The New Haven (CT) Register, Feb. 10, 2009, in the article “Judge suspended in DUI case outburst.”


“His presidency will not undo in a stroke the ugly heritage of racism that still clings to the extra-legal spaces of our society. It will amplify, not void, the need for racial reconciliation in our country. It is not the end. But today felt very much like the beginning of the end. And to that, as Joseph Lowery prayed, all who do justice and love mercy say amen and amen.”  Tyler Wigg-Stevenson ’04 M.Div., writing in Relevant magazine on the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation’s first African American president.


Richard Stazesky ’52 B.D., ’53 S.T.M., reports that the oldest member of the Class of 1952, Hideyasu Nakagawa, ’52 B.D.., ’55 Ph.D., who turned 101 in January, entered a nursing home in his native Japan following a career as a college administrator and teacher that lasted until he was 95.  Well-wishers may write to Nakagawa at:

Dr. Hideyasu Nakagawa
Caro Garden Otsuka
230-5, Otsuka, Hachioji-shi,
Tokyo 192-0352

“Day after day, he brought a steady hand and an encouraging presence to our complex and challenging work. One of Kwame’s greatest gifts is an extraordinary ability to pull together talented people. I was amazed to see how the steering committee and core operations team worked so well together in the final pressure-filled months leading up to the culminating event, the Gathering of the Tents in Washington DC on Nov. 7-9.” Tim Nonn, national coordinator of the Tents of Hope project, in a letter to colleagues, regarding the role of Kwame Reed ’79 M.Div. as chair of both the Tents of Hope steering and operations committees.  Tents of Hope was a national, one-year community-based project envisioning a powerful union of artistic creativity and social concern to draw attention to the crisis in Darfur, which forced many people from homes and into tents.

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