People Notes

Miller and a fish

Mark Miller ’66 B.D., former star pitcher, retired UCC minister and novelist, has a new book coming out in October, Hooked on Life.  These days, when he is not writing, much of his time is spent fishing.  Recently, he reflected, "Which 'days' do we remember, what part of our life, as we recall it, do we think of and find the most impacting? As you ponder...and pick three days...what would they be? Good, bad, ugly or indifferent? May they be good ones, ones which dominate and get you ready for the next day, especially after a day when the reel has no song to sing and the wind howls.”


PulleyFor twenty-six years, Bernice Cosey Pulley ’55 B.D. and Arthur L. Pulley, Sr. ’53 LL.B., have opened their home in the Catskills to inner city children and families for a “Let Freedom Ring” day in the country. It is a day of cultural celebration, education, friendship, history, memory and honoring the legacy of the giants. This year, on July 31st, 2010, school buses and cars packed The Arthur L. Pulley, Jr. Memorial Center for Creativity in Greenfield Park, NY from the boroughs of Manhattan, Albany, and the surrounding towns. More than 150 people, mostly children, experienced a gorgeous Catskills day. The official program included welcoming remakes by Mr. and Mrs. Pulley; invocation by Rev. C. Herbert Oliver; comments by Chief Ronald Roberts of the Western Mohegan Tribe and Nation whose reservation is just down the road from the Pulleys’ property; Ms. Sharon Prichard’s children’s singers. YDS Director of Development Connie Royster brought greetings. Mrs. Pulley acknowledged special thanks to YDS Professor Thomas Ogletree. There was much singing, prayer, laugher and history in the air.


Ralph Barlow  ’59 B.D., ’64 S.T.M. has a chapter entitled “Expectations in a Time of Self-Doubt” in the recently published book Psychology of Expectations, from Nova Science Publishers, Inc. In his chapter, Barlow draws from his own study of Liston Pope, late dean of Yale Divinity School and Gilbert Stark Professor of Social Ethics. >Go to chapter (pdf)

Becky Garrison ’92 M.Div. has a new book out: Jesus Died for This?  A Satirists Search for the Risen Christ (Zondervan, 2010).

“The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina surfaced what our country has long ignored or dismissed as an inevitable side effect of a free market society. Katrina thrust the intersecting realities of poverty and race into the public eye, opening the door to another opportunity for Americans to re-evaluate our commitment to the most vulnerable in our society.”  Rebecca Lenn ’10 M.A.R., Aug. 25, 2010, writing in

"Bonhoeffer took very literally the idea that Christians are called to be the body of Christ in the world and to imitate the life of Christ.  And when he looked to the gospels, the example he saw Jesus give was of a servant who challenged the oppressive social forces around him."  Rachel Johnson “08 M.A.R., July 21, 2010, in the article “Glenn Beck and the Foolishness of the Cross,” in Sojourners

"Our mission is to gather, equip and mentor entrepreneurial missioner seminarians and give them access to the practical training they need to start new mission-oriented communities or to rebuild spiritual communities that have significantly declined; and to create a safe space for progressive Episcopalians to integrate their values with their vocations for evangelism so that they are able to mobilize effectively the large share of progressive Episcopalians in the pews, of whom many themselves are uncomfortable witnessing to the spiritual transformation they experience as they encounter Jesus."  Otis Gaddis III ’12 M.Div., Aug. 24, 2010, in the article “Mobilizing for mission: Seminarians organize for young adult evangelism” in Episcopal News Service.

"A couple years ago, there was some resistance to it -- professors thought students were being distracted.  But now, one of the main uses is to connect you to Google. As questions come up in class, you can answer them immediately. In reference books, the phones allow you to grab quotes more easily. ... People have various versions of the Bible."  James van Pelt, program coordinator, Initiative in Religion, Science & Technology, July 22, 2010, ABC News, in the story “God? There’s an App for That.”

“Always remember what it is you love most about the church, and membership in it. Name it. Claim it. And be radically grateful for it.”  Kerry Robinson ’94 M.Div., Aug. 17, 2010, Duke Divinity School’s Faith and Leadership initiative, in the article “I Want to Be Like Them.”

"I often tell people that I came to YDS thinking I would be a priest or professor and left as an entrepreneur. YDS deepened by understanding of what it means to serve God as a layperson. It also gave me a supportive community that has helped Sparkseed thrive." Mike Del Ponte ’08 M.A.R., commenting on the Aug. 17, 2010 article about him in FastCompany on founding Sparkseed, a non-profit that invests in young social entrepreneurs.

"Her combination of intelligence, experience, and intensity will help to create at King's the best Christ-focused undergraduate business major in the U.S.” Marvin Olasky, provost of The King’s College, Aug. 26, 2010, announcing the appointment of Leigh-Anne Walker ’09 M.A.R. as dean of the School of Business at The King’s College.

Deborah “Debbie” Noonan ’10 M.Div. accepted a call to Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, and was ordained as an Episcopal priest by Bishop Kirk Smith ’79 at Trinity Cathedral on July 10.  Alfred Tisdale, director of Anglican Studies & Formation for Berkeley Divinity School, preached at the service.  Dean of Trinity Cathedral Nicholas Knisely ’91 and Stephanie Johnston ’10 M.Div, ’11 STM, served as Noonan’s presenters.

On July 1, Richard B. Hays ’70 B.A., ’77 M.Div. began a two-year tenure as dean of Duke Divinity School as the university mounts a nationwide search to replace Gregory Jones, who took a high-level administrative job at Duke. Hays is the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School and previously served on the faculty of Yale Divinity School.

“It seems that whenever there has been crises involving disrespect and disregard of human beings, religious leaders have been painfully silent. There was no outcry of outrage by religious leaders when Japanese were interred, nor when Jews were slaughtered, and, of course, when African Americans were terrorized and denied basic rights guaranteed under God and under the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.”  Susan K. Smith ’86 M.Div., Aug. 25, 2010, in he article “Silent clergy no new thing” in the Washington Post’s “On Faith” column.

Paul Fleck ’11 M.Div. has been named pastor of the New Milford (CT) United Methodist Church.  Previously, he had a career as an attorney.  August 15, 2010, Housatonic (CT) Times