Alumni/ae notes

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1950’s

Peter Schneider (MDiv 1956) had his poem, “The Thumb,” read by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor” on National Public Radio.  “The Thumb” is from Peter’s book of poetry, Line Fence.  

1960’s

Philip Oliver (MDiv 1966) is spiritual care counselor at Hazeldon Springbrook in Newberg, OR, working with patients in intensive residential and extended care.

1970’s

Clifford “Skip” Lindeman (MDiv 1970) was installed as the permanent pastor of La Canada Congregational Church after serving there as interim pastor for seven years.

Robert Russell (MDiv/MA 1972) delivered Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology’s second annual D. Perry and Betty Ginn Lecture on Christian Faith and Modern Science. He used his address to take on some common historical misconceptions about the roles of science, philosophy, and religion. The Ginn Lectures were endowed at McAfee by Perry Ginn to encourage a deeper understanding by clergy and students of science and how it relates to the biblical revelation.

J. Gary Sparks (MDiv 1974) has published Valley of Diamonds: Adventures in Number and Time with Marie-  Louise von Franz. 

Michael Bausch (MDiv 1974) initiated a blog called “Screen Preaching,” which gives ideas for using screens and visual content in preaching and worship (screenpreaching.blogspot.com).

Rev. Lois M. Powell (MDiv 1977), a team leader with the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries in Cleveland, was one of two UCC members honored by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio at its seventh annual Champions of Choice breakfast banquet. Powell is the immediate past chair of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in Washington, D.C. 

Paul Jeffrey (MDiv 1977) spent three weeks in Haiti photographing the devastation following the massive earthquake there. His photos appeared worldwide, including in the Boston Globe and the Washington Post.

1980’s

Carol Wickersham (MDiv 1982), after viewing photos from Abu Ghraib, helped found No2Torture, a Presbyterian grassroots organization, and joined the board of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, an interdenominational education and lobbying group. Her essay, “Speaking the Truth to the Not So Powerful,” was published in the anthology Torture is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims and People of Conscience Speak Out (2008).

Wayne Lavender (MA 1985) successfully defended his dissertation, “Worldview and Public Policy: From American Exceptionalism to American Empire,” at George Mason University and will be receiving his PhD in public policy at the end of the semester. 

Lizann Bassham (MDiv 1986) released a CD of original music called On the Alluvial Fan. Reviews include:  “Haunting, evocative lyrics,” “feminist folk with a touch of country and magical reality,” “Stevie Nicks meets Natalie Maines.”

Katharine Harts (1983-1986) led a Lenten worship series at First Congregational Church of Berkeley. Harts and worshippers gave time and space for being embodied spiritual creatures through movement and sensory awareness practices.    

Anne Dilenschneider (MDiv 1987) was selected as Ashland Theological Seminary’s 2009 Distinguished Alumna for Pastoral Leadership. In July, Anne will be presenting her paper, “Refusing to be put aside: Women and the meaning of betrayal,” at a global conference called “Forgiveness: Probing the Boundaries” to be held in Oxford, England.

Allyson Platt (MDiv 1987) received an MA in clinical mental health counseling from Antioch University and is working as a therapist for adolescents with mental illness in long-term residential treatment.

Daryl M. Balia (CAPS 1988) wrote Make Corruption History, which explores the complex meaning of corruption and how it operates as a form of “silent crime.”

Lynne Hinton (MDiv 1988) is the author of a new book, Christmas Cake. 

James Treat (MA 1989) writes a monthly column on environmental issues published in the Muscogee Nation News.

1990’s

Jim Mitulski (MDiv 1991) joined the PSR Pastoral Care Team to provide pastoral care for the PSR community. Jim was also part of a response panel at the 2010 Earl Lectures: “Churches and Partner Faith Communities Respond to ‘Spiritual But Not Religious.’”

Linda Dew-Hiersoux (MDiv 1993) co-founded a new United Methodist faith community in Sacramento, CA called “The Table.”

Winston A. Cruz (MDiv 1996) was installed as pastor of the United Methodist Church of Valley Springs, CA, which celebrated its 125th anniversary last October.

Karen Foster (MDiv 1997) was featured in an online USA Today article about finding God and spirituality in the wilderness (available at http://tinyurl.com/kafoster).

Helen Mathis (MA 1998) was named professor of religion and philosophy at Principia College. 

Karen Winkel (MDiv 1998) was installed as pastor at Hillcrest Congregational United Church of Christ in Montrose, CO last October.

Laura Adelia (MDiv 1999) served as the wing chaplain with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, USAF in Southwest Asia from April to September 2009. Adelia was recently selected to be the new wing chaplain for the 136th Air Lift Wing, Texas Air National Guard.

2000’s

David Howell (MA 2001) was selected president of the board of directors for GTU’s Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE). He will lead the 13-member board in its mission to promote the arts in ministry. Howell hopes to focus the board’s efforts on combining arts education on campus with outreach to community faith leaders. “GTU is one of the best places to study the arts and religion, and we want to make sure that people training in the ministry and people in local congregations know how to integrate the arts into what they do,” he says.    

Allison Addicott (MDiv 2003) started a blog titled “The Future: Religion, Politics, Culture.” An extension of Addicott’s blog, called “Faith on the Flipside,” appears on the Web site of the Washington Times.

Áine deDannan (MDiv 2003) is now bringing InterPlay to the Keene, NH area. As a licensed massage therapist with a focus in Chinese medicine, Áine helps people find more ease and wholeness in their bodies.

Valerie Duecker (CTS 2003) is serving as interim pastor at San Leandro Community Church. Next fall Valerie will resume Doctor of Ministry studies in pastoral counseling at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Marjorie Wilkes (MTS 2003) was ordained and installed last October as associate pastor at Plymouth United Church of Christ in Oakland, CA.

Motoe Yamada (MDiv 2004) gave the sermon at the closing worship of the annual UMC Exploration Conference held in November in Dallas, TX. The conference aims to help youth and young adults discern whether God is calling them to ordained ministry.

Ron MacKenzie (MDiv 2005) is team leader for the Church World Service C.R.O.P. Hunger Walk in Portland, OR.

Timothy Mitchell (DMin 2005) wrote an article about America’s health care debate titled “America’s Untouchable Caste,” which was published on courier-journal.com.

Tim Hamilton (MDiv 2008) is working for Kaiser Permanente as a palliative care chaplain. Hamilton also sits on the Los Angeles Medical Center’s Bioethics Committee.

Emily J. McGaughy (MDiv 2008) and Corbin Davis (MDiv 2009) engaged in the spiritual discipline of collaborative writing for Advent; the result was posted on a Web site called “patheos.com.”

Robert Lawrence (MDiv 2009) was installed in October as pastor at Community of Hope UCC in Tulsa, OK.

Grace Gilliam (MTS 2010) is working for the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley as registrar and office manager. Gilliam, who has co-led a peace vigil on the UC Berkeley campus since the start of the Iraq War, was interviewed by NBC News in October on her views about the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to President Obama.