Napier biography published

Kay Shellhase

The lives of B. Davie Napier (1915-2007), Pacific School of Religion’s seventh president and his beloved wife Joy (1921-2003) are celebrated in a newly published book, To Stop the Weeping. Subtitled “The Prophetic Lives of Davie and Joy Napier,” the book was written by Paul M. Minus, who was Davie’s student at Yale Divinity School in the mid-1950s and a fellow resident at Pilgrim Place during the last two years of Davie’s life.  Co-author Anne Napier Caffery, the Napier’s daughter, provided much of the source material for the book and added personal memories and insights into her parents’ lives.

The Napier’s presence had a profound effect at Yale, Stanford and PSR through a combination of scholarship, teaching, social activism, and warm and gracious hospitality.  They were much loved by several generations of students and by all who joined them in the struggle to alleviate the suffering of the oppressed. This book captures their spirit and deftly records for us the ways in which they lived and worked together.

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