"Rick Warch served as Lawrence's 14th president. His esteemed presidency began in 1979 and concluded in 2004. His career is marked by an improvement of Lawrence's academic reputation, an emphasis on its liberal arts tradition and numerous building projects ... Warch envisions the center named for him and his wife as a 'true crossroads for the campus,' where 'students can learn from one another.' " September 25, 2009, The Lawrentian, on the christening of Lawrence University's new 107,000-square-foot Warch Campus Center, named in honor of Richard Warch ’64 B.D., ’68 Ph.D and his wife, Margot. The $35 million center is certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, and comes replete with cafeteria, movie theater and multiple stages.
''A truly Christian response is to love our enemies and to will them well. People need to forgive but they need to do it well. Often people who forgive do it in a pompous way and subvert the actual good of forgiveness. When you forgive in a haughty way, you push the person away and you don't achieve the act of forgiveness. To forgive is an act of power. When I forgive, I'm in charge. I'm releasing you from the wrong.'' Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology and director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, Orange County (CA) Register, Sept. 25, 2009, in an article about Volf's participation in a discussion about reconciliation held at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA.
“St. Luke’s is a special community with deep spiritual and community commitments. I am pleased to be assisting in this parish.” David Collins '03 M.Div., Sept. 17, 2009, TCPalm, Stuart, FL., on his ordination at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Martin County, FL. Collins had previously served as chaplain at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
"The Rev. Richard Kozelka will be remembered at First Congregational Church in Minneapolis as the second-longest-serving senior pastor in the church's history, but more significantly for transforming the church near the University of Minnesota into a congregation that welcomes people of all races, cultures and sexual orientations." The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sept. 18, 2009, on the passing of Richard Kozelka '51 M.Div., in Hammond, LA, from complications due to brain cancer and Parkinson's disease. An ardent advocate for the civil rights movement, Kozelka served 40 years as an ordained pastor of the United Church of Christ in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado.
In July, Robert Massie '82 M.Div. underwent a successful liver transplant surgery, with the direct involvement of classmate Davison Douglas '83 M.A.R., dean of the Law School at William & Mary. A former candidate for lieutenant governor in Massachusetts, Massie is also an ordained Episcopal priest and a founder of Ceres, a nonprofit network that addresses sustainability concerns. A hemophiliac since birth, Massie needed the surgery after he contracted Hepatitis-C during from a blood-transfusion. In The Daily Princetonian, Princeton, NJ, Sept. 29, 2009.
On Oct. 4, Erika Hirsch '07 M.Div. will officially affiliate as a confirmed deacon with the First United Methodist Church of Hudson. A graduate of Emory University (music), Hirsch also has a certificate in flute performance from the Prague Conservatory and is Ph.D. candidate in the History of Christianity at Boston University. Hudson Sun, Marlborough, MA, Sept. 16, 2009.
“We are very fortunate to have David join us. His seasoned experience, his ability to work with staff and challenge lay leaders to exceed their expectations, and his capacity to motivate members to become even more involved in the church and community are exceptional.” Sam Davis, President of the Parish Board of First Church Unitarian in Belmont, Massachusetts, on the arrival of David Bryce '91 M.Div. Prior to his appointment in Belmont, Bryce had served at The First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., where he was known for "his inspirational worship services and sermons, his collaborative style, and his passion for social justice." Bryce also preached recently during an anti-torture service at the United Nations chapel. Belmont (MA) Citizen-Herold, Sept. 27, 2009.
Edward Glynn, S.J. '68 S.T.M. will be honored at an Oct. 9 gala celebrating his role in founding Christ the King Prep, which opened in Newark, NJ, in Septembr 2007, as part of a national network of Cristo Rey Schools, which provide quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. Scheduled to attend the gala is Newark Mayor Corey Booker, among others. Glynn has served as president of Gonzaga University, St. Peter's College, and John Carroll University.
''I'm passionate about helping other people pursue their passions. I think that’s what education is for — helping students learn the art of passion and the science of passion and the skills and determination and research skills and execution skills and hard work. I’m passionate about that for students, but also for faculty and for staff.'' Rebecca Chopp, former dean of Yale Divinity School., Sept. 8, 2009, in The Phoenix, a student-run publication at Swarthmore College, during an interview conducted as Chopp assumed the presidency of Swarthmore.
On Sept. 27, Brian Bellamy '05 M.Div., '06 S.T.M. was installed as pastor of The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Hamden, CT. Bellamy's installation follows a unanimous April 3 vote of the church to call Bellamy, who had served briefly as interim pastor. He is currenlty pursuing a Ph.D. in theology and ethics from the University of Exeter (U.K.) in conjunction with Harford Seminary.
William F. May '52 B.D., '62 Ph.D., senior fellow at the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life at the University of Virginia, is delivring the Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary. The five-part lecture series is titled “Testing the National Covenant: Dealing with Our Runaway Fears and Appetites.” The first lecture is scheduled for 7 pm, Oct. 5 and, the last, at 12:45 pm, Oct. 8.
Randall C. Zachman '80 M.Div., associate professor of reformation studies and director of the M.A. and M.T.S. Program in Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the annual Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary, Oct. 19-22. The lecture series is entitled “Ravished with Wonder: John Calvin and the God Who Is Love.''
Ginger Gaines-Cirelli '96 M.Div., has been called to serve two congregations on Staten Island, NY, Bethel United Methodist Church in Tottenville and St. Marks United Methodist Church in Pleasant Plains. Previously, she served at Capitol Hill UMC in Washington D.C. and also at Christ Church United Methodist in Manhattan. Staten Island Advance, Sept. 26, 2009, in the article ''New Methodist pastor to serve 2 South Shre churches.''