Disciples Divinity House

of the University of Chicago

Machado honored at General Assembly

July 11, 2017 —  

Daisy L. Machado, Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary, was presented the Disciples Divinity House Distinguished Alumna Award at DDH's General Assembly luncheon on July 11. The Alumni/ae Council selected her as the nineteenth recipient of its Distinguished Alumna Award. Ms. Machado earned her PhD in 1996 from the University of Chicago Divinity School as a Disciples Divinity House Scholar. 

The written commendation on the awards reads: "Trailblazing scholar and minister. Esteemed mentor, dean, teacher, colleague. For excellence in teaching in and beyond the classroom; for tenacious, transformative leadership in theological education; for inspiring and guiding emerging scholars, especially through the Hispanic Theological Initiative; for wise advocacy for Latino/a faculty members; for advancing  the historical and conceptual study of borderlands; and for courageous dedication to those who are forgotten and pushed aside, to Las Desaperacidas, [and for spelunking - verbally added by Santiago Pinon and echoed by Dean Culp] : The Alumni/ae Association of the Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago bestows upon you this day, July 11, 2017, its Distinguished Alumna Award."

The luncheon began with music shared by House Scholar Hannah Fitch as we gathered. Trustee David Vargas shared the invocation. TCU professor and Alumni/ae Council member Santiago Pinon introduced her, noting her extraordinary leadership and teaching and her courage in mapping new terrains in scholarship. Dean Culp and Melinda Wood, outgoing president of the Alumni/ae Council, presented the award. Machado spoke in response. Her remarks challenged the audience to critical analysis, presence, and action. Remarks were also offered by Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and President, and Lee Hull Moses, President of the Board of Trustees.