News of Alums & Friends

The Aliites: Religion and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali, by Spencer Dew (1998), has been published by the University of Chicago Press. Dew traces the history and impact of Noble Drew Ali’s "radical fusion of law and faith." Ali was the leader of the Moorish Science Temple of America in the early 1920s. "Dew uncovers the influence of Ali’s teachings, including the many movements they inspired.... Examining this robustly creative yet largely overlooked lineage of African American religious thought, Dew provides a window onto religion, race, citizenship, and law in America."

Congratulations to Katherine Raley (2008) and Nate Alexander on their engagement and upcoming wedding on October 18. Katherine continues to serve as an advancement specialist at Lexington Theological Seminary. She is also serving as chair of the board of Disciples Home Missions.

Danielle Cox (2012) has been called to be the Senior Minister of Avon Christian Church in Avon, Indiana,
a suburb of Indianapolis. She previously served as minister of the First Christian Church of Texas City, Texas.

Congratulations to PhD student Joel Brown and Erin James-Brown on the birth of Margot Lynn Brown on September 10. 

George Ewing Massay (1950) died in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on September 1. He was 92. He was a graduate of Bethany College and entered the University of Chicago as a Disciples Divinity House Scholar in 1950. He married Alice Crook on August 18, 1951, at Wadsworth Church of Christ, Wadsworth, Ohio. George and Alice served Christian Churches and Churches of Christ in Canada, England, Missouri, and Virginia. Survivors include his wife, Alice; his son, Jim, and a host of extended family.

Root & Branch Church in Chicago, a congregation led by Tim Kim and House Scholar and PhD student Virginia White, is featured in a story from RNS (Religion News Service) on August 29 about the dinner church movement. Former resident Elsa Marty also appears in the article.

Stephanie Paulsell (1985; former trustee) has been appointed the interim Pusey Minister at Harvard University. She will lead Memorial Church for the coming year, and continues as the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School.

Seeking God’s Design, edited by Richard Lowery with Lawrence Burnley, Duane Cummins, and Peter Morgan, has been published by Chalice Press to mark the fiftieth anniversary of The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It provides historical context and offers a series of reflections from key Disciples leaders today. It includes essays by Chuck Blaisdell (1976), Kris Culp (dean; 1982), and Sandhya Jha (2001), with a foreward by Teresa Hord Owens (1999).

Congratulations to PhD student Luke and Stephanie Soderstrom on the birth of Roark Walker Soderstrom on May 31. 

Dale Miller (1949) died on May 21, 2019, at the age of 96. He was a professor, minister, and political activist. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Betty, their six children, and many grandchildren. He lived a life of generous service and love. Gifts in his name may be sent to Saint Andrew Christian Church, Olathe, Kansas, Raymore (Missouri) Christian Church, or the Fellowship of John at Foxwood Springs Living Center in Raymore, Missouri. A memorial service was held at on June 15 at Foxwood Springs.