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Lijia Xie and Benny VanDerburgh have been selected as the inaugural Theological Education Leadership Fellows. They begin in September. Functioning as members of the Disciples Divinity House professional staff, Fellows will be engaged in aspects of educational and non-profit leadership on a schedule aligned with the academic year. Each will develop a special focus. Learn more.
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Congratulations to Aneesah Ettress, who will be ordained on June 26 by the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Evergreen Christian Church, Colorado. Recently Ettress became the Academic Engagement Coordinator in the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art.
Samuel Campbell Pearson, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Dean of the School of Social Sciences from 1983-95, died on June 10, at home in St. Louis. He was "a scholar, teacher, administrator, and colleague of uncommon insight, effectiveness, and humanity," as his 2001 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Disciples Divinity House said. He was 91.
Co-Presidents. Aaron Smith and Laura Jennison Reed have been elected Co-Presidents of the DDH Alumni/ae Council. Special thanks outgoing President Allie Lundblad and Secretary Dennis Landon, who led the Council through the disruption of the pandemic and served an additional year.
Congratulations to MDiv alumna Laura Jean Torgerson, who will be Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament / Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow at Berkeley School of Theology. In mid-June, she passed her oral PhD dissertation defense at the Graduate Theological Union. Drawing on her previous experience in Nicaragua, she studies cross-cultural biblical interpretation.
What kind of goodness comes from this? Ayanna Johnson Watkins sounded the keynote theme at the Alums & Friends Gathering, June 10-11. Watkins is the Lead Organizer/Executive Director of MICAH, the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope, and a member of DDH's Alumni/ae Council.
Extending Exodus. At the June 3 DDH Convocation, Yvonne Gilmore, Interim Administrative Secretary of the National Convocation and Associate General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), spoke about "re-reading religion, discovering community, and extending joy," taking Hebrews 11:39-12:3 as her text.