1999 Distinguished Alumni/ae
Robert Leland (MDiv '62), a leader in the Canadian ecumenical movement, is former Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada and pastor of Disciples congregations in Montana, California and Ontario. From 1972–1978, Leland chaired the Committee on Union and Joint Mission of the United Church of Canada, an effort that would have created the Church of Christ in Canada as the successor to the Anglican Church in Canada, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada and the United Church of Canada. After the Anglican Church withdrew from the process, he played a critical role in guiding ecumenical discussions between the two remaining church bodies. Leland has served as Executive Secretary of the Toronto United Church Council and member of the board of the College of Churches of Christ (Disciples) in Canada.
Working with diverse communities to shape authentic ecumenical and multicultural ministries, Daniel Romero (MDiv '70), Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ Southern California Nevada Conference, is known as a strong advocate for social justice in the local, national and international church. Romero is former General Secretary for Mission for the United Church Board for World Ministries and has served in a variety of roles in the UCC, the National Council of Churches, and the UCC/Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ecumenical partnership. A former pastor of congregations in Chula Vista and Morningside, California, Romero is an attorney with particular interests in immigration and international law. He is the author of Our Futures Inextricably Linked: A Vision of Pluralism, published by the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries.
Robert John Russell (MDiv, MA '72) is recognized internationally for his pioneering work in the conversation between theology and the natural sciences. The founder and Director of the renowned Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley, Russell's research and teaching focuses on human genetics and theological anthropology; ecojustice; creation and cosmology/evolution; divine action and the laws of nature; technology and human values; Christian spirituality and nature; and philosophical elements in scientific theories. Russell is the editor of Chaos and Complexity, Quantum Cosmology and the Laws of Nature: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action, and Physics, Philosophy and Theology: A Common Quest for Understanding. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Russell holds a PhD in physics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.