News of Alums & Friends

Visiting Scholar Kimberly Redding spoke on April 25 about her current research on Japanese Americans in Chicago in the post World War II period, "One more heave"...: Chicago's United Methodist Ministries and Japanese Americans. She is Associate Professor of History at Carroll University---and a DDH resident for 2021-22. DDH is  grateful for the many gifts and graces she brings to the community.

In memoriam: Estelle V. O'Connor. Mrs. O'Connor served as DDH's Administrator from 1971 until her retirement in 1990. She died on April 24; she was 94. As administrator, she gave crucial oversight to DDH's building, accounts, and the flow of daily life. She worked closely with Deans Blakemore, Browning, and Gilpin. Clark Gilpin commented, "A loyal and dear member of the Disciples House community, she brought a lively energy to work with her each and every day." We remember Mrs. O'Connor with fondness and gratitude, and extend sympathy to her family.

Sarah Zuniga (2018) will be ordained to the Christian Ministry on March 27 by the Illinois-Wisconsin region and Eureka Christian Church. She serves as Digital Content Specialist for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training.

Asher Arthur Smith arrived on May 20th, 2021, to Kiah and Aaron Smith (2007). He was born in Atlanta's Northside Hospital, the same birthplace as his mother Kiah, weighing 7 pounds 10 oz and 19.5 inches long. He just turned 6 months and his parents could not be happier.

Sandhya Jha's (2001; trustee) Advent devotional, Traveling with Our Ancestors, summons spiritual ancestors—biblical and modern—to help guide a journey toward Christmas. The Chalice Press website offers an excerpt in which Sandhya encourages us to return to the ancient practice of seven weeks of Advent, instead of four.

When a chaplain receives a page, "PT REQUESTING BIBLE," sometimes a Bible is just a Bible. But often it is "summoning someone to listen." Former pandemic chaplain Kristel Clayville (2001) reflected on these and other experiences at a DDH Forum on November 15. She now teaches Ethics and Technology at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Vy Nguyen (2004; trustee) attended the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow along with other faith leaders. He wrote, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it ... That is good news. In this moment, it is also a call to prayer, to care, and to action. We hold in prayer all these world leaders who gathered in Glasgow, and we pray for all people of faith, around the world, who will work together in the season ahead to ensure the continued thriving of the earth.”

Congratulations to McKinna Daugherty (2010) and TJ Shinners on the birth of Elliott Lewis Shinners on September 29, weighing 8 lbs, 4 oz., and measuring 19.5 inches long. Elliott and Danielle Cox’s six-month-old, Walker Bateman, both attended an Alumni/ae Council meeting on Zoom in November!

Dennis Landon (1970) has helped to organize a series of Open-Mic Poetry Nights at the First Baptist Church of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. On November 8, spoken word artist and former DDH Associate Dean Yvonne Gilmore (2001) was the special guest.

Katherine Newman Kinnamon (1977) serves on the staff of the Mid-America Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as Coordinator of the Region's Commission on the Order of Ministry. She lives in St. Louis, and is an elder at Compton Heights Christian Church. She retired from congregational ministry in 2018.