PSR announces 2010 Distinguished Alumni/ae

November 24, 2009

Since 1995, the PSR Alumni/ae Council has presented its annual Distinguished Alumni/ae Award to graduates who have provided outstanding service in their ministry or profession and shown distinguished leadership in faith communities on a local, regional, or national level. Winners for 2010, who will be honored on campus January 27 during Earl Lectures, are: 

carla de solaCarla DeSola, MA 1993, a pioneer in liturgical dance in the United States, studied dance at the Juilliard School of Music and founded the Omega Liturgical Dance Company at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City in 1975. She is the founder and director of Omega West Dance Company in the Bay Area, and since 1989 has taught classes in sacred dance at the GTU, sponsored by PSR and the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education. As an author, educator, and choreographer, she has inspired countless students, and her work/choreography has been reflected in many worship services, including those at PSR. Among her writings are two books, The Spirit Moves: A Handbook of Dance and Prayer and PeaceRites: Dance and the Art of Making Peace.

Gene NelsonEugene Nelson, MDiv 1975, has been senior minister of the Community Church of Sebastopol for more than 30 years. He has also served on the PSR Board of Trustees and on the board of the Northern California-Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. He is founding president of the Sonoma County Faith-Based Community Organizing Project, and has been a board member of the Inter-Church Food Pantry and of the Burbank Heights low-cost housing project; he was president of the Sebastopol Rotary Club and was elected Sebastopol’s “Humanitarian of the Year” in 1990. He won second place in the 1998 Alfred P. Klauser Sermon Awards, offered by Christian Ministry magazine, and he continues to write columns for his local newspaper.

JoonKwanUnJoon Kwan Un, ThD 1968, is considered the father of Korean Christian education and practical theology. He was professor of theology and Christian education at Yonsei University in Korea from 1979 to 1999, serving four years as dean. He is currently president of the Graduate School of Practical Theology, a post-graduate school for ministers, which he founded in 2005. He served as chair of the executive committee for the 1997 Seoul conference of the International Association of Practical Theology, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Practical Theology. He has created many theological forums for international scholars to address issues of global injustice, and has made major contributions with Christian educators in the United States and Canada on curriculum projects.