2007 Distinguished Alumni/ae

Dorsey Odell Blake

Dorsey Odell Blake (MDiv/MA 1971) is acting dean of the faculty and visiting professor of spiritually and prophetic justice at Starr King School for the Ministry. He has been presiding minister of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, the nation's first interracial, interfaith congregation, since 1994. The first full-time African American male professor at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (1972-1977), he has been at the forefront of peace and justice activities throughout his ministry.

Paul Chaffee

Paul Chaffee (MDiv 1977) is the founding executive director of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco. He has been a pastor at a number of San Francisco parishes and has served on the San Francisco Interfaith Council board of directors since 1993. His books include Accountable Leadership and Shared Wisdom — Growing Grassroots Interfaith Relationships. In 2004 he taught "Interfaith Literacy and the New Religious America" to seminarians at the Graduate Theological Union.

Mary Ellen McCarthy

Mary Ellen McCarthy (MA 1987) is a nurse turned lawyer who currently serves as Democratic staff director for the Subcommittee on Benefits of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs. She has worked to improve benefits for former prisoners of war and for survivors and dependents of veterans, as well as to strengthen protections for veterans and other VA beneficiaries who are unable to independently manage their financial affairs.

Toshimasa Yamamoto

Toshimasa Yamamoto (MDiv 1988) is general secretary of the National Christian Council in Japan, made up of 33 Protestant denominations, organizations, and churches in that country. He also chairs Christian Coalition for Refugee and Migrant Workers and is a coordinator for Christian Peace Network and the Inter-Religious Peace Network in Japan. He currently teaches a class on ecumenism to seminary students at the Japan Biblical Theological Seminary.