News from Alumni/ae and Friends
Tabitha Isner (2005) has launched a campaign to become the Democratic nominee for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. The election will be November 6, 2018.
Congratulations to Ben Varnum (former resident) and Meghan Griffiths, who were married November 11 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
First Christian Church of Texas City, Texas, was among churches affected by Hurricane Harvey. Pastor Danielle Cox (2012) and the congregation are working closely with Week of Compassion to become a local base for volunteer response.
Congratulations to current Scholar Mark Lambert who passed his qualifying examinations with flying colors on November 7. A PhD student in Theology, he studies medieval attitudes about leprosy and addresses the ongoing stigmatization of illness.
Sandhya Jha (2001) has written Transforming Communities: How People Like You are Transforming Their Neighborhoods (Chalice Press). "Real stories of ordinary people who took action and changed their corner of the world, one block at a time. Equal parts inspiration, education, and Do-It-Yourself, Transforming Communities by veteran community activist Sandhya Jha will open your eyes to the world-healing potential within you, and give you the vision, the tools, and the encouragement to start transforming your neighborhood, one person at a time."
Joan Bell-Haynes (1995) participated in the dedication of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society’s recently reinstalled Oscar Haynes Exhibit on African American Disciples of Christ. The exhibit is named in memory of Joan's late husband, who served on the Historical Society's board and in many other capacities as a lay leader the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
“Throughout her journey, JoAnne had several choices to do something easier with her life, but didn’t…. If there were more JoAnnes in the world, perhaps our movements [for social change] would be stronger.” Sarah D. Park explores “The Extra Ordinary Case of JoAnne Kagiwada” in the latest issue of Inheritance magazine. JoAnne Kagiwada (trustee), a graduate of law school at Berkeley, helped to ensure passage of redress for Japanese Americans who were interred in camps during WWII. Inheritance is a quarterly publication that chronicles Asian and Pacific Islander stories, experiences, and reflections that affirm Asian Pacific Islander identity and contribute to a more inclusive and multi-faceted understanding of Christian faith. Sandhya Jha (2001) is a member of the magazine's editorial board.
Jennifer Hope Kottler (1999) will serve as the retreat leader for the Capital Area clergy spiritual renewal retreat February 9-10, 2018.
On October 27-28, Daisy Machado (1989) gave the 2017 Cole Lectures at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Entitled, "Of Marginal Identities and Heterotopic Saints: Lived Religion in the Borderlands," the lectures focused on how religion crosses borders, in this case, "how marginal people bring with them beliefs in what some call 'pseudo-saints,' further complicating the practices of lived religion in marginal Latinx communities." One such “heterotopic saint” is Santa Muerte, whose veneration has crossed the border from Mexico into U.S. communities.
Jeremy Fuzy (2012), a religion journalist, returned to the Divinity School October 27 to participate in a panel on education about religion beyond academia.