Disciples Divinity House

of the University of Chicago

The Alumni/ae Council works to enhance relations among alumni/ae and to connect alumni/ae with current Disciples Divinity House Scholars, and thereby to support the work of the Disciples Divinity House.

Every other year the Council hosts a luncheon for alumni/ae and friends at the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where they present the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. The Award recognizes lifelong service and achievement by a Disciples Divinity House alumnus or alumna. The recipients have been exemplars of varied forms of ministry and service; in some sense, they have each defined these forms. The Alumni/ae Council receives nominations, selects the recipient, and presents the award.

Past projects include planning for the celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Chapel of the Holy Grail. For the occasion, they initiated a collection of prayers by alumni/ae and trustees, which was published as Winged Words: Prayers for Common Worship & Common Life.

The Alumni/ae Council is composed of fifteen members who are elected to three-year terms. A slate of member classes and of officers is elected every two years. The Council meets annually in late April.

The current officers are President Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, Vice President Alexis Vaughan Kassim, and Secretary Kristin Johnson Dow. Melinda Keenan Wood is the immediate past president. The President of the Council is also an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees.

The current members are:

Class of 2019-22
Ken Brooker-Langston
McKinna R. Daugherty
Ayanna Johnson Watkins

Class of 2018-21
Dennis Landon
Allison Lundblad
Joy Omslaer

Class of 2017-20
Donald Burk
Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson
Alexis Vaughan Kassim

Class of 2016-19
Kristin Johnson Dow
Santiago O. Piñón
Beau T. Underwood

Class of 2015-18
Charles Blaisdell
Erica L. Brown
Douglas Job