News of Alums & Friends

Congratulations to Kerry Waller (2000) and husband Ben Dueholm on the birth of their son, Soren Daniel, on June 5, 2008.

Three current Scholars took part in international delegations in June: Rebecca Anderson and Aaron Smith were in Venezuela as part of a delegation of seminarians sponsored by the Division of Overseas Ministries; Adam Frieberg was selected to travel to Bosnia with Week of Compassion.

Bill Wassner (1981) became the Executive Director of the United Religious Community of St. Joseph County, Indiana, in May 2008. The 65 year-old interfaith organization is composed of over 140 faith communities in the county representing Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations. The URC helps those in crisis with basic needs, sponsors refugee resettlements, and builds relationships between the different faith traditions.

We are saddened to learn of the death of Maurice F. Knott (1940) on June 3, 2008, in southern California.

Robert Browning, father of Peter Browning (1978) and brother of Don Browning (1956), died on May 11, 2008, in Worthington, Ohio. Our sympathy is extended to the Browning family.

George Shields (1977) presented a Monday DDH Forum on May 5, 2008, about process philosophy and theology.

We are saddened to learn of the death of Kay Ritchey Lunger, widow of Irvin Lunger (1934) and former "first lady" of Transylvania University, April 30, 2008, in Danville, Kentucky.

Jennifer Jesse (1987) has been awarded a sabbatical for the 2008-09 academic year and a AAR Research Grant for a project entitled “There’s a Methodism to His Madness: William Blake as a Religious Moderate.”

Kris Culp (1982) has edited and written the introduction for “The Responsibility of the Church for Society” and Other Essays by H. Richard Niebuhr, published by Westminster John Knox Press in April 2008.

Our sympathy to John Dungan (1987) and spouse Jennifer Jesse (1987) on the death of John’s mother, Sarah Dungan, on April 14, 2008.